It’s hard to believe it’s been thirteen years since 2010. I was working in country music and remember it like it was yesterday. It was the year I took my then four-year-old son to his first concert: it was Taylor Swift, and he dressed in a red leather jacket. Before the show, I was invited to a party for Taylor to celebrate something (I don’t remember what it was), and I gestured to my son to have his picture made with Swift. He refused to approach her, and he learned that “if you snooze, you lose.” That son of mine now drives the family car.
2010 was a big year for Brad Paisley as he won his only Entertainer of the Year award from the CMA, a show he was hosting with Carrie Underwood. The CMA’s Album of the Year was Miranda Lambert’s Revolution, and the Song of the Year was Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” Male and Female Vocalists for 2010 went to engaged (at the time) Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Oh, how times have changed. Shelton recently celebrated his third wedding anniversary with Gwen Stefani. Lambert has been married for four years to former New York police officer Brendan McLoughlin.
Lady A was a fairly new act (they formed in 2006) in 2010, as was the Zac Brown Band, who won the CMA’s New Artist honor that year.
At the ACMs in 2010, Miranda’s “The House That Built Me” won Single and Song of the Year, while Eric Church won the New Solo Vocalist of the Year. Taylor Swift won the ACM’s top prize of Entertainer of the Year.
Then there were the songs in country music for the year 2010 when Taylor Swift was still a country star with her album Speak Now, and Kelly Clarkson was dabbling in country music with her duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
As we look at what the year 2010 was like in country music, we count down what we believe are the ten best country songs to come out of the first year of the 2010s.