4. Eric Church, "Give Me Back My Hometown"
"Give Me Back My Hometown" is as much a metaphor for the changing landscape of country music as it is a pensive ode to the constantly spreading suburban sprawl of modern America. Set to a beat practically meant for arena clap-alongs, Church might be bemoaning the loss of a woman who took his good memories along with his heart, but, thanks to tender, deeply visual lyrics, he's hitting on something bigger than just a breakup. When he proclaims, "This is my hometown," he's speaking as both a scorned lover and man whose world is quickly losing the trappings of his youth, and whose chosen genre sometimes sounds nothing like the soundtrack of a childhood in North Carolina spent falling in love with outlaw Nashville.