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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7. Sam Hunt, "Leave the Night On"

If it's possible to establish oneself as the Jackson Pollock of country music with just one album, Hunt has done it with his debut LP, the hip-hop, pop, R&B, soul, funk, rock and yes, a little bit country-infused, Montevallo. Its first single, the insanely catchy "Leave the Night On" colors so far outside genre lines that it has many scratching their heads over why they're hearing it on country radio and not pop. Still, it has even the crabbiest of country critics refraining from turning the dial. The track captures from its first guitar riff, setting a carefree love story to what's arguably the most unique, experimental musical arrangement of country radio's year.

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