2022 was a year where we saw the full comeback of live music, some huge news, and tons of great music …
This past year, we wrote about a lot of music. We also introduced you to some great emerging artists. Of all the music we wrote about though, there were some songs that you couldn’t get enough of.
Music fans were actively seeking new music and new artists, and the proof is in our analytics.
Every year around this time, we take a look at the top Canadian country songs of the year.
We took our top performing music reviews and created this list of the Top 10 Canadian Country Songs of 2022 from the Front Porch. This was determined based on how many people saw the feature on our website (Page Views).
So here are the top singles from 2022 on Front Porch Music.
2022’s Top Canadian Country Songs
10. Dustin Bird – “Cowboy Stay”
Dustin Bird likes to keep listeners guessing. His creative mind takes his music to the edges of the country genre, continuing to challenge the boundaries.
“Cowboy Stay” was the first single release of 2022 for Dustin and takes listeners on quite the journey.
Introducing listeners to the song easily, it starts off with traditional pianos and a drawing fiddle, but soon picks up with poppy instrumentals, then dialling back for a stripped down vocal before diving right back into the magic.
“Cowboy Stay” is about a love that makes you want to change everything you‘ve known about yourself to stay with “the one”.
RELATED: Learn more about “Cowboy Stay” and how Dustin takes us on a journey in the song …
In the fall, “Cowboy Stay” x The Long Rider film music video premiered with the story of Filipe Leite’s 25,000 km, two year long journey from Calgary, Alberta to São Paulo, Brazil on horseback.
“Cowboy Stay” keeps listeners on their toes, so it comes as no surprise that this track cracked the top ten.
Listen to our conversation with Dustin On The Porch podcast
9. Nicole Rayy – “House Of Cards”
Nicole’s first release of 2022 “House Of Cards” showcased an edgier, and rock-forward sound that we haven’t heard from Nicole before.
“House of Cards” is edgy and dangerous. And the story, while relatable, may cut a little deep for those who have danced with the captivating but unstable relationship devil.
“This song is about a very passionate but dangerous relationship. One that is unstable and is bound to fall apart at any moment,” Rayy shares. “This relationship is one that you have been in before and you know it will likely crash and burn but you can’t help but try it again.”
RELATED: Nicole shows an edgier side with this one. Give it a listen …
Nicole Rayy has shown diversity in tone, genre crossover, and style over the last couple years.
Throughout the year, audiences have gone back to this song over and over again, making it undeniably one of the top songs of the year on the porch.
8. Jesse Slack – “Who You’re Gonna Be”
Jesse has had a big year!
He had lots of firsts as a new dad, released some great music, and received his first GOLD certified single as a songwriter on Robyn Ottolini’s “Tell You Everything”.
He released “Who You’re Gonna Be” at the very end of 2021, and it picked up some steam steadily in the first few months of the year.
The slow, ballad-style song is about his newborn son, Rebel James Slack. Rebel joined the world in December, and Jesse says on Instagram that “the minute I found out I was going to be a father my world had changed!”
“Who You’re Gonna Be” is one of the most personal songs that he has released to date.
7. ANNIKA – “Strangers”
With every release we hear from ANNIKA, we see a new side, and get a sense for just how broad her range and talent is.
She has a voice that stops you right in your tracks, and this is on full display in her song “Strangers”.
“Strangers” is an edgy, upbeat anthem about heartbreak. The piano holds down a steady beat, and stacked vocals punch through each chorus. And as usual, ANNIKAs vocals do not hold back. When it comes to the chorus, her voice packs a punch and is impossible not to sing along with.
We were excited to premiere the music video for this song a few weeks ago. In just a few short weeks “Strangers” became one of the top songs of the year on Front Porch.
6. Elyse Saunders – “Genes”
Elyse is one of the most respected and prominent independent artists in Canada.
She knows her audience, and she knows what they want. She consistently releases authentic music that brings messages of positivity. “Genes” is no different …
”Genes” highlights themes of inclusivity and community through the lyrics and music video. Elyse continues to push her brand of ‘spreading positivity through country music’ forward.
RELATED: Elyse Saunders was out first guest on our podcast. Go give it a listen …
Elyse says, “Genes” is about coming together, no matter what race, gender, or place you come from and celebrating that. The song shares this message in a light and almost ambiguous way that will invite fans to peel away new layers of the song every time they listen to it. The video captures the fun, upbeat, and diverse nature of the song, and I hope that everyone who discovers it – especially my country music friends – will be inspired to bring more diversity to the genre overall.”
The message of inclusivity resonated with audiences to make it one of the top songs on Front Porch Music this year.
Listen to our chat with Elyse Saunders
5. Jade Eagleson – “She Don’t Know”
This one’s cute!
Jade released “She Don’t Know” around Valentine’s Day and it became a relatable love song for couples across the country.
After finishing his album Honkytonk Revival, Jade realized they never touched upon a love song. So he included “She Don’t Know” on the album. “The lyrics in it are what really hit me because my love language isn’t words … I’m not really great at talking as far as love goes, but I might clean the kitchen and I’ll think that’s romantic, in my mind. So, when I heard this, I just had to sing this one,” said Jade.
RELATED: Catch our interview with both Jade and his wife about their love story …
Jade and Marina Eagleson met on the set of Jade’s first music video, “Got Your Name On It”, which took place on his family’s farm. From there, their relationship bloomed.
The compelling story in this song resonated with audiences. That’s why it’s one of the top songs of the year.
4. Riley Taylor – “Good Things”
Riley Taylor’s debut single was one of the most anticipated releases of 2022.
As the 2021 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase winner, we were very excited to hear music from him. Having never released music before, no one was really sure what to expect, or what his sound would be like.
RELATED: Relive the moment he was crowned the winner of the Emerging Artist Showcase …
When his single “Good Things” was released, it delivered and proved why he won that contest.
With the single’s release through Warner Music Canada, Dave Stelling says, “Riley’s here to prove that good things don’t come easy, but he’s put in the work and is ready to take things to the next level.”
The 24-year old singer-songwriter from Burton, New Brunswick grew up surrounded by influences from the country classics played on his uncle and grandfathers’ guitars.
Riley has a voice that is truly unique in the Canadian space. It’s clear why people came back to the website over and over to make it one of the top songs of 2022.
Listen to our conversation with Riley Taylor on the podcast
3. Graham Scott Fleming – “Better Man”
2022 has been a banner year for Graham Scott Fleming.
It all started in January when he was named one of our top Artists To Watch In 2022. He released his first charting single “Better Man” which cracked the top 40. He was also nominated for “Rising Star” at the CMA Ontario Awards and signed a record and management deal with Open Road Recordings/RGK Entertainment Group.
His song “Better Man” quickly, and has consistently remained one of the top songs on our website for the better part of this year.
Packed with emotional lyrics and hard-hitting electric guitar, “Better Man” showcases Graham’s vocal range and ability to tell his stories in a way that connects with listeners to the core.
“Better Man” started out as a journal entry after an awful breakup.
There are some big plans for Graham in 2023, but there’s no denying that this song was one of the top songs of 2022.
2. Hunter Brothers – “Peace, Love & Country Music”
This band of brothers consistently release solid music that resonates with audiences.
Growing up in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, this act has become known across the country for their incredible harmonies and infectious personalities.
They put out some of their best music this year, but “” embraced audiences like a warm hug. The song came at a time where the collective national tension seemed to be at its highest. This one served as a reminder that we all just need to take a beat.
The opening lyrics: “What if we turned off the news and turned on the stereo
And turned up some good vibes on a good time radio” set the tone for the entire song.
“When we wrote ‘Peace, Love and Country Music,’ everything just seemed to fall into place. We could feel the energy before the write, and it carried through until it was finished,” explains Ty Hunter.
He continues, “In a time where division can so easily happen, it’s so important for us to find common ground in the midst of it all. We are hopeful that this song brings exactly what it says to everyone – peace, love and some good country music.”
This song is well deserving of being one of the top songs on the Front Porch for 2022.
We had the brothers join us On The Porch with Front Porch Music
1. Josh Ross – “First Taste of Gone”
This has been a huge year for Josh Ross …
He landed a major record deal with Universal Music, played the halftime show for the CFL Grey Cup, was one of the finalists for the SiriusXM Top Of The Country, and released some of the biggest songs of the year.
Josh Ross Joined Us For The Season 2 Premiere Of On The Porch with Front Porch Music
His single “First Taste of Gone” exploded earlier this year, and helped contribute to his accomplishments.
“First Taste Of Gone” shares the story and emotions around finally accepting the end of a relationship.This song helped showcase a different side to Josh. He really opened his heart up with this one.
Josh shared with us that it’s one of the most personal songs that he’s written. It came from a place of true heartbreak.
The song resonated strongly with audiences too. Landing at number 5 on the Canadian Country Billboard chart, it’s his highest charting single to date.
Month-over-month, this has consistently been THE top visited song on Front Porch Music.
When we look back at the year, it’s hard not to smile a bit when you listen to all the great songs these Canadian country artists have shared with us.
What do you think? What songs were your favourite this year? We’d love to hear from you.
We can’t wait to hear what 2022 has in store for us.
Be sure to follow along all year with the top music by listening to our Top Canadian Country playlist on Spotify
In country music, the Front Porch has long been a place of reflection. A place where you can look at the life you have inside that front door. A place where time almost seems to stand still, where you can get away. It’s also a place where you can go to observe the world as it passes by you. To think about your place out there beyond the driveway.
What is the most popular country song right now 2022? ›
- Thank God – Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown. ...
- Wasted On You – Morgan Wallen. ...
- Something in the Orange (Z&E's Version) – Zach Bryan. ...
- You Proof – Morgan Wallen.
- Fall In Love – Bailey Zimmerman. ...
- The Kind of Love We Make – Luke Combs. ...
- One Thing At A Time – Morgan Wallen.
- Water Under The BridgeSam Hunt•Water Under The Bridge. ...
- HumanCody Johnson•Human The Double Album. ...
- YouDan + Shay•Good Things. ...
- It Matters To HerScotty McCreery•Same Truck. ...
- No BodyBlake Shelton•No Body. ...
- How It Oughta BeShane Profitt•Maury County Line. ...
- Good Day for LivingJoe Nichols•Good Day for Living.
- KANE & KATELYN BROWN Thank God.
- MORGAN WALLEN Thought You Should Know.
- LUKE COMBS Going, Going, Gone.
- LAINEY WILSON Heart Like a Truck.
- JASON ALDEAN That's What Tequila Does.
- CARLY PEARCE What He Didn't Do.
- BAILEY ZIMMERMAN Rock & A Hard Place.
- NATE SMITH Whiskey On You.
- Maren Morris – "Circles Around This Town"
- Kane Brown – "Like I Love Country Music"
- Cole Swindell – "She Had Me at Heads Carolina"
- Carly Pearce – "What He Didn't Do"
- Tyler Hubbard – "5 Foot 9"
- Kelsea Ballerini – “HEARTFIRST”
- 1 Morgan Wallen - Last Night. New entry. ...
- 2 Morgan Wallen - Thinkin' Bout Me. ...
- 3 Morgan Wallen - Ain't That Some. ...
- 4 Morgan Wallen - Thought You Should Know. ...
- 5 Morgan Wallen - Man Made A Bar (feat. ...
- 6 Morgan Wallen - I Wrote The Book. ...
- 7 Morgan Wallen - One Thing At A Time. ...
- 8 Morgan Wallen - Cowgirls (feat.
- Something in the OrangeZach Bryan.
- Rock and A Hard PlaceBailey Zimmerman.
- Heart Like A TruckLainey Wilson.
- HumanCody Johnson.
- Light On In The KitchenAshley McBryde.
- No BodyBlake Shelton.
- Love You AgainChase Matthew.
- Over For YouMorgan Evans.
The current number one country song on iTunes is: Last Night by Morgan Wallen. Realted country music charts: Top New Country Songs February 2023, iTunes Top 100 Country Albums, Top Country Music Videos, Top Bluegrass Songs.What are some good upbeat new country songs? ›
- Fix'n To BreakBailey Zimmerman.
- Love You AnywayLuke Combs.
- Last NightMorgan Wallen.
- I Wrote The BookMorgan Wallen.
- Strawberry HeartMIRA.
- Everything I LoveMorgan Wallen.
- Growin' Up and Gettin' OldLuke Combs.
- Dawns (feat.
- Ingrid Andress - Treated me Good.
- Kameron Marlowe - Take Me Home - Voice Memo.
- Warren Zeiders - West Texas Weather.
- Conner Smith - Creek Will Rise.
- Ruston Kelly - Mending Song.
- Muscadine Bloodline - Devil Died in Dixie.
- Flowers. Miley Cyrus. Miley Cyrus. ...
- Boy's a liar Pt. PinkPantheress, Ice Spice. PinkPantheress, Ice Spice. ...
- Kill Bill. SZA. SZA. ...
- Die For You (Remix) The Weeknd, Ariana Grande. The Weeknd, Ariana Grande. ...
- Calm Down. Rema, Selena Gomez. ...
- Sure Thing. Miguel. ...
- ceilings. Lizzy McAlpine. ...
- As It Was. Harry Styles.
What is the #1 country song of all time? ›
1. 'I Walk the Line' by Johnny Cash.Who has the most Top 10 hits in country music? ›
George Jones remains the country artist with the most hits overall – 154 between 1955 and 2013. A handful of Jones' chart entries pre-date Billboard's first combined sales and radio airplay country chart, published on 20 October 1958.What is the country single of the year 2022? ›
“Russell County Line” is the crown jewel of the set, starting off intimate and sweet, and building to an anthemic crescendo. A Single of the Year is not just about the writing and performance, but about the appeal of how it's all put together.What's the number 1 song right now? ›
The number one song on iTunes right now is Last Night by Morgan Wallen.What was the #1 country song in 2023? ›
1. Last Night – Morgan Wallen.What is the country song that everyone is dancing to? ›
"Boot Scootin' Boogie"
You can't have a country dance party list without a honky-tonk masterpiece -- and that's Brooks & Dunn's "Boot Scootin' Boogie." The No. 1 song revitalized line dancing in the U.S., and everybody wants to start heel-toe-doe-si-doe-ing when they hear the hit.
- Katrina and the Waves - 'Walking on Sunshine' ...
- Bob Marley - 'Three Little Birds' ...
- Elbow - 'One Day Like This' ...
- ABBA - 'Dancing Queen' ...
- The Beatles - 'Here Comes the Sun' ...
- Queen - 'Don't Stop Me Now'
- What If I Never Get Over YouLady A.
- Hell Of A ViewEric Church.
- Talking To GodChrissy Metz.
- I Got ThisThe McClymonts.
- How They Remember YouRascal Flatts.
- Long LiveFlorida Georgia Line.
- Cool AnymoreJordan Davis, Julia Michaels.
- PatienceChris Cornell.
- Die For You - RemixThe Weeknd, Ariana Grande.
- FlowersMiley Cyrus.
- Boy's a liar Pt. 2PinkPantheress, Ice Spice.
- Kill BillSZA.
- Escapism. RAYE, 070 Shake.
- Creepin' (with The Weeknd & 21 Savage)Metro Boomin, The Weeknd, 21 Savage.
- Calm Down (with Selena Gomez)Rema, Selena Gomez.
- TQGKAROL G, Shakira.
- Maan Meri JaanKing.
- BonesImagine Dragons.
- Calm Down (with Selena Gomez)Rema, Selena Gomez.
- Tere Pyaar MeinPritam, Arijit Singh, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Nikhita Gandhi.
- Ghodey Pe Sawaar (From "Qala")Amit Trivedi, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Sireesha Bhagavatula.
What is the most listened to song on? ›
|1. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You||3307042661|
|2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights||3285156792|
|3. Tones And I – Dance Monkey||2707855088|
|4 – Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved||2564964399|
- Moses Bliss – Miracle No Dey Tire Jesus ft. ...
- Omah Lay – Soso. ...
- Wizkid – 2 Sugar Ft. ...
- Seyi Vibez – Para Boi. ...
- Kizz Daniel – Rich Till I Die (RTID) ...
- Ayra Starr – Rush. ...
- Ruger – Red Flags. ...
- Zinoleesky – Last Time Ft. Omah Lay.
Largely regarded as the absolute best country song of all time, "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash was not only Cash's first No. 1 hit on the Billboard chart, but it set records when it stayed high on the chart for nearly 43 weeks.What is the biggest selling country song of all time? ›
- I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack. ...
- Jolene, Dolly Parton. ...
- Live Like You Were Dying, Tim McGraw. ...
- Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning), Alan Jackson. ...
- Concrete Angel, Martina McBride. ...
- Choices, George Jones. ...
- Friends in Low Places, Garth Brooks.
- Patsy Cline, “I Fall to Pieces” ...
- Alan Jackson, “Monday Morning Church” ...
- George Jones, “The Grand Tour” ...
- Pirates of the Mississippi, “Feed Jake” ...
- Martina McBride, “God's Will” ...
- Charley Pride, “Where Do I Put Her Memory” ...
- Gene Autry, “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine”
Sonny James achieved 16 consecutive number ones in the late 1960s and early 1970s. "More Than a Memory" by Garth Brooks was the first song to debut at number one in the history of Billboard's country charts.Who is #1 country singer? ›
1. Tim McGraw. What is this? Along with being one of the most famous and influential country singers, Tim McGraw is also a talented actor, guitarist, and record producer.Who is the biggest star in country music? ›
- 1 Dolly Parton78%
- 2 Johnny Cash70%
- 3 Willie Nelson67%
- 4 Reba McEntire64%
- 5 Kenny Rogers64%
- 6 Carrie Underwood63%
- 7 John Denver60%
- 8 Loretta Lynn60%
|Issue date||Hot Country Songs||Country Airplay|
|June 11||"Wasted on You"||Jason Aldean|
The Line Islands (part of Kiribati), Samoa and Tonga, in the Pacific Ocean, are the first places to welcome the New Year, while American Samoa, Baker Island and Howland Island (part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands) are among the last.
What country is the new 2022? ›
Answer: The African country of South Sudan, which declared independence on July 9, 2011, is the world's newest internationalised country. Kosovo broke away from Serbia in 2008, South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011, and Montenegro is a country that broke apart from Serbia in 2006.What's the number 1 country song? ›
The current number one country song on iTunes is: Last Night by Morgan Wallen. Realted country music charts: Top New Country Songs March 2023, iTunes Top 100 Country Albums, Top Country Music Videos, Top Bluegrass Songs.Who is the number one country singer 2022? ›
Just as the 29-year-old singer-songwriter did in 2021, Sneedville, Tenn. native Morgan Wallen reigns as Billboard's Top Country Artist of 2022.Who is the #1 country artist right now? ›
Billboard has named Zach Bryan as the leader of the pack in their Top New Country Artists of 2022 ranking.Who has the most top 10 country hits? ›
George Jones remains the country artist with the most hits overall – 154 between 1955 and 2013. A handful of Jones' chart entries pre-date Billboard's first combined sales and radio airplay country chart, published on 20 October 1958.Who are the top 10 country artists 2022? ›
- Luke Combs.
- Morgan Wallen.
- Luke Bryan.
- Jason Aldean.
- Thomas Rhett.
- Sam Hunt.
- Kenny Chesney.
- Dustin Lynch.
- Russell Dickerson. 2 years ago. ...
- Hunter Hayes. 1 year ago. new.
- Ryan Hurd. 1 year ago. new.
- Kip Moore. 1 year ago. ...
- Chris Janson. 1 year ago. ...
- Randy Houser. 2 years ago. ...
- Rodney Atkins. 2 years ago. ...
- Brett Eldredge. 1 year ago. new.
As of 2015, George Strait holds the record for the most country number-one singles with 44.Who is the number one female country artist? ›
Today, she has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female country artist of all time.
Just the sheer talent, charisma, and passion of these men already make them the hottest country music male singers.
- Blake Shelton. ...
- Kane Brown. ...
- Clint Black. ...
- Keith Urban. ...
- Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly. ...
- Sam Hunt. ...
- Jason Aldean.
Who is the hottest country artist? ›
Jimmie Allen is slated to open.
- 10 Hottest Country Artists of 2022. ...
- 10 Hottest Tours of Summer 2022. ...
- 10 Hottest Country Songs of Summer 2022.