International Country Music Day is Sept. 17, so today AXS is celebrating country music in all its many forms. The genre is packed with storytellers, outlaws, strong women and plenty of fun-loving folks. In honor of the many country music fans around the world, here are the 11 best songs to put on your playlist for International Country Music Day - and you can get your tickets to see several artists live through AXS.
It might sound a little dated nowadays, but even so (maybe because of that) it's still a classic. Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" is one of those timeless songs that any audience can embrace, whether you're a country music superfan or just happened to wander up to the bar.
Likewise, no one can ever get sick of hearing two legends have a good time together. "Islands In The Stream" brought out the best of both Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, put it in a blender and came up with a fantastic love song.
Miranda Lambert is working her way up to icon status in the country music genre, and she made a major impression with this song, which is one of her earlier hits but still one of her best. It's country music storytelling at its finest. The song racked up a Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year and now has more than 57 million views on YouTube.
Every country music playlist must have some George Strait on it. Fans can't go wrong with this, one of his best love songs with its simply sweet lyrics and of course, Strait's inherent charm. The song represents everything that makes country music great. Tickets to see George Strait live on tour this fall are on sale now through AXS.
It's hard to believe that this Shania Twain song is more than 30 years old. The 1987 hit effortlessly blended country with pop, years before it became a common part of the genre, and it still holds up today. Tickets to see Shania Twain live on tour this fall are on sale now through AXS.
There's something both nostalgic and sweet about this hit single in which the duo sing about all the memories they've accumulated on one small country road. Tickets to see Reba, Brooks & Dunn live during their residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada are on sale now through AXS.
This might be Garth Brooks' most underrated song. "Standing Outside The Fire" is quite inspiring as Brooks sings about the risk-takers of the world, and the way the song builds in energy as it goes is truly impressive.
Luke Bryan is one of the biggest names in country music right now thanks to songs like this one, which has more than 115 million views on YouTube. It's simply a good country song that showcases Bryan's incredibly soothing voice. Get tickets to see Luke Bryan live at USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT on Sept. 21 through the AXS event page.
Martina McBride had the best girl power song ever with "This One's For The Girls," which has only gotten better and more resonant since its original release. Fans can hear her passion for the song's message in her performance, as well as get tickets to see Martina McBride live on tour this fall through AXS.
Reba McEntire is one of country music's best artists, ever, and "Fancy" is one of her top songs. It combines emotionally powerful storytelling about a girl who came from nothing, with McEntire's naturally powerful vocals. To date, it's racked up more than 22 million views on YouTube. Fans can hear it live if you get your tickets to see Reba, Brooks & Dunn live during their residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada through AXS.
So good that Brooks merits being on this playlist twice, "Friends In Low Places" is the classic country song. It's blue-collar, it's irreverent, and it's a song everyone secretly knows the words to. Play the video above to listen to it, and chances are you'll be singing along. That community feeling is what great country music is all about.
For more on any of the artists featured on this playlist, click their names above to visit their AXS artist pages.