Readers' Poll: 10 Best Country Songs of 2014

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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.

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