Eric Church went to Nashville after college to try to break in, and while it took a little longer than he expected, he finally reached success and his career has been rocketing towards the stratosphere ever since. He started his career by writing songs for other artists before he finally released his first album in 2006. While the wait to make it as a recording artist took him longer than expected, he shot off with three straight top 50 singles and has since won ACM, CMA and ACA awards and has been recognized by the Grammys with nominations as well. Here is a look at the top 10 songs by Eric Church.
10. "Guys Like Me"
While it wasn’t his first release, or the highest ranked release off of his debut album Sinners Like Me, “Guys Like Me” really signified what fans could expect from Church’s music. The song is about how the narrator is a rough, Southern boy and he can’t believe that a high class girl like his girlfriend sees something in him. It ended up topping out at No. 17 on the country charts and No. 99 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The first single from the album Carolina, was the first Eric Church song to get certified gold and was his first top 10 hit. The song has Church going through a list of all the things that he loves, but then revealing at the end that its his lover that he loves more than any material possession. The song also hit No. 63 on the Billboard charts.
8. "Hell on the Heart"
The second single from Carolina was “Hell on the Heart,” his second top 10 song and his second single certified gold. The song has a narrator telling the story of a woman who looks amazing and is heaven on the eyes, but when you get to know her she is hell on a man’s heart. It peaked at No. 10 on the country charts and reached No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100.
7. "Smoke a Little Smoke"
While it didn’t peak as high as the other two singles from Carolina, “Smoke a Little Smoke” had the distinction of being Church’s first single to reach platinum status. The lyrics are basically about the narrator just kicking back and not letting the problems of the world get him down. It reached No. 16 on the country charts.
6. "Drink in My Hand"
In 2011, Church finally hit it big with the first No. 1 song of his career. “Drink in My Hand” was the second single released from his album Chief and was his third track to go platinum. The song is a fast paced party song about just having fun on the weekend and allowing alcohol to let him forget his problems. It was also his first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
The biggest hit of Eric Church’s career came next with “Springsteen.” The song was his second, and so far his last, No. 1 hit and also reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, his highest ranking on that crossover music chart. It was his only song to be certified double-platinum and was a track about teenage love and memories through the memories of Bruce Springsteen's music. The song was nominated for two Grammys.
4. "The Outsiders"
In 2013, Church released his next album, The Outsiders, and the title track moved him back into the top 10 and was certified gold. Church said that he wanted to make a statement with the album, letting people know that he was growing and it showed on this track. It started off with a talk-rap by Church and then just rocked out to the end. It reached No. 6 on the country charts and prepared his fans for what was next.
That next song was “Give Me Back My Hometown,” which reached No. 4 on the country charts, No. 1 on the country airplay charts, No. 36 on the Billboard charts and was his first No. 1 in Canada. It was also a platinum certified song, the last one to date and the first since “Springsteen.” Unlike “The Outsiders,” this was more melodic and had the narrator sing about how he lost his hometown because the girl he loved left.
2. "Cold One"
The next single from The Outsiders was not as successful on the charts, but was still a top 20 hit on the country charts. The song was another one about lost love and tells the story about a guy who is bummed because his girl not only left him, but also took his last beer.
Church rebounded big time with the next single, “Talladega.” This song hit No. 1 in Canada and on the country airplay charts and reached No. 2 on the country music charts. The song is based on his love of NASCAR, but is not actually about car racing, but about experiencing something that will last a lifetime in your memory.