Best Country Punk: Chris Janson
By the time Chris Janson got to his year-defining Number One "Buy Me a Boat," he had the Riverfront audience eating out of his hand — and even flapping their arms like eagles. So he knew they'd follow him anywhere when halfway through his final song "Truck Yeah," which he co-wrote for Tim McGraw, he called a punk-rock audible. Wildly strumming his Fender electric, he nodded at his band, including kinetic lead guitarist Chalmers Croft, and launched into Social Distortion's revved-up version of Cash's "Ring of Fire." "Boat" may have been the singalong moment of Janson's set, but it was him revealing his punk roots that put the whole thing over the top.