Dan + Shay, "Tequila"
A single that's every bit as cinematic as its big-budget music video, "Tequila" mixes the sweeping punch of a power ballad with the familiar twang of a country-pop drinking song. "I can still shut down a party / I can hang with anybody / I can drink whiskey and red wine," the singer begins, painting himself as an extrovert who's always willing to live in the moment. Whenever he tastes tequila, though, his mood changes, sending his mind back to a highlights reel of memories involving a drinking partner who stole his heart. For Dan + Shay, they stole attention at this month's ACM Awards, delivering an abbreviated but transfixing version of their potent song, with Shay Mooney hitting a monster of a note. R.C.