Ranking the 10 Best Country Music GRAMMY-Winning Songs of the Last Decade

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The GRAMMY Award for Best Country Song (given to the songwriters) has been awarded since 1965. Over the years it’s been known as the Best Country and Western Song, Best Country Song and in 1984, just Best New Country Song. Since 1985 it’s been– Best Country Song.

This year’s category is full of familiar faces and is sure to come down to the very last vote.

“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney

Automatic,” Miranda Lambert

“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell

Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill

Since 2004, three songs sang by Carrie Underwood, but written by other songwriters have taken home the award, which leads us to the question– who makes the song? The songwriters or the singer? It’s definitely a combination of both, in this writer’s opinion.

10 Best Country Music GRAMMY-Winning Songs of the Last Decade:

10. “Bless The Broken Road” // Rascal Flatts // Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna and Marcus Hummon // 2006

Originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a slew of others, the Rascal Flatts version is the one everyone remembers.

9. “Jesus Take the Wheel” // Carrie Underwood // Hillary Lindsey, Brett James and Gordie Sampson // 2007

This song put Carrie on the map, but it’s hard to imagine her releasing it now. (Though she says it’s still one of her favorites to perform.)

8. “White Horse” // Taylor Swift // Taylor Swift and Liz Rose // 2010

You can take the girl out of country music, but you can’t take the country music out of the girl’s music catalog.

7. “Live Like You Were Dying” // Tim McGraw” // Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman // 2005

I don’t think anyone could’ve delivered this song the way McGraw did.

6. “Before He Cheats” // Carrie Underwood // Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear // 2008

This one’s a bit different than the one about Jesus, eh?

5. “Blown Away” // Carrie Underwood // Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear // 2013

These two guys figure out the formula and a large part of it seems to be– make sure Carrie sings your song.

4. “Stay” // Sugarland // Jennifer Nettles // 2009

This was the first song of Sugarland’s to ever be fully written by Nettles. Looks like she nailed it.

3. “Mean” // Taylor Swift // Taylor Swift // 2012

Again, hard to say she wasn’t country when she was winning GRAMMYs.

2. “Need You Now” // Lady Antebellum // Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley // 2011

Talk about a crossover hit– this one also won the GRAMMY for Record of the Year and Song of the Year– both all genre categories. It broke just about every record imaginable and catapulted Lady Antebellum into a whole new realm.


1. “Merry Go ‘ Round” // Kacey Musgraves // Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne // 2014

A totally different take on modern day country life– this song launched Kacey Musgraves‘ career and helped her win the GRAMMY for Country Album of the Year, beating out the mega-huge Red, by Taylor Swift.

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