25 Best Country Songs of 2014

Little Big Town's shocker, Keith Urban's rocker and more of the songs stuck in our heads this year

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15. Dierks Bentley, "Say You Do"

In a market saturated with either break-up tunes or love songs, this pining ballad takes a different approach: total denial. Though he's married, Bentley plays the role of a man desperate for another night with the woman who left him — even if it takes a hefty dose of whiskey to get her guard down. "If you need a little buzz to get you there," he sings to a slow strum and a melody that reflects both sadness and little glimmers of faux hope, "then, baby, I'm buying." "Say You Do" not only shows how comfortable Bentley is on those introspective numbers but also how adept he is at classic country storytelling, inhabiting a world outside of his own for the sake of the song.

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