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Readers’ Poll: 10 Best Country Songs of 2014

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Carrie Underwood performs "Something in the Water" at the ACC Awards. Rolling Stone Country readers voted the song Number One of the top 10 country songs of 2014.

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Some of you agreed with Rolling Stone Country's picks for the top songs of 2014, while others' colorful language in response to our choices could land them on Santa's naughty list. So, we conducted a social media poll to get your votes on the best country songs of the year, and the result was a lot of love for Carrie UnderwoodLuke Bryan and Eric Church. Here are our readers' picks for the best of the best in 2014's new country music.

Eric Church

Eric Church, “Talladega”

Church’s fourth single from The Outsiders is one of the most immediately infectious, radio friendly tracks he has released in years, evidence that, for all his renegade grandstanding, the North Carolina singer can effortlessly deliver a tailor-made country hit. "Most days in life don't stand out, but life's about those days that will," Church sings, in this yearning tale of fleeting youth. Far beyond its lauding of NASCAR road trips, this is a cleverly crafted tribute to the very notion of nostalgia.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”

A musical time capsule that chugs along at a speed perfectly suited to the nostalgic images it conjures up throughout, this is yet another reminder that Lambert can be counted on for material that's anything but (pardon the pun) standard. But there's certainly a comfort in knowing that if such relics as pay phones, road atlases, pocket watches and cassette tapes can all be replaced by just one smartphone, at least we can take tunes like this along for the ride.

Eric Church

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.

Chris Young

Chris Young, “Lonely Eyes”

Young probably laments being pigeonholed as a balladeer, but his towering vocal performance on "Lonely Eyes" proves he should embrace it. Written by Johnny Bulford, Jason Matthews and Laura Veltz, the song is set in a bar where every eye is on the woman who walks in alone, drowning what's perceived to be a sea of sorrows in a glass of wine. The narrator wants to be her non-alcoholic remedy, but refrains from using any of the clichéd pickup lines that litter country radio. He's pining for her, she's pining for happiness and Young sets the scene memorably through both sets of eyes.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban, “Somewhere in My Car”

Just before this became Urban's fourth single from Fuse, he was being hauled off in a "Cop Car," so you can't really blame him for imagining he's engaged in a heavy (shirtless) liplock with someone special in his own vehicle this time out. Based on the screamin' guitar throughout, this must have happened sometime in the Eighties, but the image of that fogged-up glass and the regret heard in his voice are pretty timeless.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water”

Underwood's latest single grabbed the Number One spot on this list with almost three times as many votes as Keith Urban's second-place "Somewhere in My Car." The soaring "Something in the Water" was the perfect choice for the newly recorded lead single on her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 record, because it fuses the Underwood we first met — spiritual lyrics and that dynamite belt — with the Underwood who's become one of country's biggest forces. Set to sophisticated, modern production, the track spans every note of her register and serves as a bookend to a the first leg of her career that began with "Jesus, Take the Wheel," and shows that, after all these years, she's still just as faithful as ever. It's why her fans are true believers too.

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