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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16. Nikki Lane, "Right Time"

No one made acting naughty sound more enticing this year than the tough-talking Lane did on this barroom stomper. As ominous pedal steel sends out a stern warning and heavy rock fuzz underscores the dangers of mischief — like, say, stealing cars or letting your beer goggles lead you to the wrong partner — Lane throws caution to the wind, instead heeding the hedonistic call of the tune's happy handclaps and mesmerizing melody. She beckons in her husky croon, "Any day or night time, it's always the right time, it's always the right time, to do the wrong thing," and it's impossible to resist getting up to something bad.

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