8. Sturgill Simpson, "Living the Dream"
This standout from Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is a slow-burning, hard-nosed tour de force full of clever one-liners ("A means to an end but the ends don't seem to meet") and pointed religious commentary ("That old man upstairs, he wears a crooked smile"). It's also one of Simpson’s strongest vocal performances to date, with the Kentucky singer growling and shouting through the song's cathartic, Townes Van Zandt-invoking refrain: "I don't have to do a goddamn thing 'cept sit around and wait to die." If any one song sums up Simpson's outlaw credentials, it's this one.