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Top 5 Best Songs About Thomas Rhett’s Wife

Country music singer Thomas Rhett attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards with his wife Lauren Akins at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

What’s a Thomas Rhett song without the lyrics about his wife Lauren Akins? Not only is she the main star in his music videos, but she’s the inspiration behind some of his biggest hits, too. Have you ever seen how much he swoons over her when he talks about her? It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.

The two of them got married back in 2012, but they were actually high school sweethearts before that. They met each other in the first grade. They actually just announced in February 2017 that they’re expecting a baby girl. What’s crazy about that news is that they told the world about that on the same day they spilled that they’re adopting another child from Africa, too. How adorable is that?

Rhett’s not afraid to talk about his ladylove, either. He’s actually said in interviews before that if it wasn’t for her he would’ve never been successful and that she’s his biggest fan. Perhaps that’s why he seems to always write songs about her? Ah, what a lucky gal.

Below is a list of the best Rhett songs that are about and inspired by Akins. Get ready to swoon.

5. “Vacation” (2015), Thomas Rhett

This fun song of Rhett’s was released on June 13, 2016, and is on his Tangled Up album. While the lyrics to this track aren’t as lovey-dovey as his other ones about his wife, she is the star in the “Vacation” video. The fun they’re having together in the clips just show how in love they are with each other, no cute words neccessary.

Seeing Rhett’s wife as the leading lady in his music videos shouldn’t be surprising, though. During an interview with TheBoot.com, Rhett explained why we’ll never see him with a video vixen.

“I was just very adamant with the record label and with my video producer, just saying, ‘Look man, it’s not a big deal. It’s just not really me to be all over some girl in a music video,’” he said. “Even if they are the nicest people in the world, it’s just not really what I do.”

Hey, you have to respect that, right?

Learn more about “Vacation” here.

Learn more about Thomas Rhett here.

Read the lyrics for “Vacation” here.

“Vacation” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


4. “Something To Do With My Hands” (2012), Thomas Rhett

This track was released in February 2012 as the first single from his debut album, It Goes Like This. And if “Something To Do With My Hands” sounds a little sexy to you, that’s exactly what Akins told her husband she thought about the song, too.

She apparently told Rhett that even though “Something to Do with My Hands” was about her, that it was too saucy and overly sex-driven, and that he needed to write sweeter songs. With lyrics like, I don’t work, on a car and I’m as bad at pool as I am at throwin’ darts, and golf, not a fan. But I need something to do with my hands so maybe I could stick ’em in your pockets, run ’em through your hair, and we can get to rockin’ there you are and baby, here I am, and I need something to do with my hands…,” you can kind of see her point.

Cue the other songs on the list…

Learn more about “Something To Do With My Hands” here.

Learn more about Thomas Rhett here.

Read the lyrics for “Something To Do With My Hands” here.

“Something To Do With My Hands” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


3. “The Way Things Go” (2014), Thomas Rhett

Now this song may be from the hit movie “Best of Me,” but that doesn’t mean Rhett doesn’t kill the track with his romantic lyrics like the usuals on his albums. There’s no proof out there that this song is about his wife, but once you read the lyrics, it’s sort of obvious that it is.

“And I coulda swore back when I was 15 I’d go to college and get my business degree, I never made it that far God put a big old wrench in my plans and he put this guitar in my hands. So much for crystal balls and wishin’ on stars, as you’re watchin’ them fall to the ground. Yeah you can dream big and you can dream small but it all comes down to the luck of the draw so I found. Cause it’s gonna rain as soon as you wash your car and as sure as you go on and give up your heart a curve gets thrown, that’s the way things go. I woulda tattooed her name on my arm
If you would’ve asked me I’d bet the whole damn farm, and more on us so much for her being my meant to be. ‘Cause she changed her mind like the wind and the joke was on me, she left me in the dust, but if she hadn’t left my heart black and blue, I woulda never found you,” he sings.

Rhett and his wife met in the first grade, and fell in love when they were just teenagers, and after they both tried to date other people. They got married when they were young and shortly after they got together, and of course, they have been happy ever after. See why we assume it’s about her?

Learn more about “The Way Things Go” here.

Learn more about Thomas Rhett here.

Read the lyrics for “The Way Things Go” here.

“The Way Things Go” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


2. “Star of the Show” (2016), Thomas Rhett

“Star of the Show,” is the fifth single from his 2015 sophomore album, Tangled Up, and the only single released from the deluxe edition of the project. Rhett wrote the song right after he married Akins in 2012. He recently admitted that he might need to find new song subject matter soon.

“I feel like I write way too many songs about her, and, at some point, I’m going to have to stop putting those songs out,” Rhett told The Boot.com. “But for now, it’s just a really cool thing; it’s great to hear those songs on the radio and be sitting with her in the car and be like, ‘That’s about you.’”

Of course, Rhett’s leading lady is in this song’s music video, too. Cutest couple ever? We think so.

Learn more about “Star Of The Show” here.

Learn more about Thomas Rhett here.

Read the lyrics for “Star Of The Show” here.

“Star Of The Show” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


1. “Die a Happy Man” (2015), Thomas Rhett

In 2015, Rhett released “Die A Happy Man” from his Tangled Up album. It topped our list because it’s simply Akins’ favorite song her husband has written about her. The lyrics are about a man talking to his wife, explaining that all he needs in his life is her love and that if she is all he has, he could “die a happy man.”

The track was written after Rhett’s wife informed him that he didn’t write enough ‘sweet’ songs. She apparently told him that “Something to Do with My Hands” was too sexy, and another tune of his, “Crash and Burn,” was far too depressing. So she asked him to create a sweet song instead. How did he respond? Her husband, clearly pleased with himself when he wrote “Die A Happy Man,” sent along the demo at 4 AM on a tour bus. Her reaction? She said that it was “hands down” one of the best songs he’d ever written.

Fans seemed to agree with her on that, too. The song top basically ever country music chart out there shortly after it was released. And yes, that’s his wife in the music video, too. They shot it in Hawaii where they actually honeymooned at after their big day.

Rhett actually has big wedding day dreams for this particular song. He told TasteOfCountry.com that, “There’s a song on the record called ‘Die a Happy Man’ that I hope one day becomes a lot of people’s wedding songs. It’s a super, super, super love song,” he said, adding sweetly, “I wrote it about my wife.”

Learn more about “Die A Happy Man” here.

Learn more about Thomas Rhett here.

Read the lyrics for “Die A Happy Man” here.

“Die A Happy Man” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


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Listen: The Top 5 Best Bro Country Songs

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean pose backstage during the 9th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on September 1, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)

A lot of today’s country music artists aren’t too fond of the term “bro country,” but that doesn’t mean fans aren’t. Stars like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean allegedly hate being put under the label, and want to be seen as just “country music artists” but it’s hard to do such a thing when some of their music sounds so different from the country classics we’re used to from George Strait and Dolly Parton.

Bro-country is defined as a sub-genre of mainstream country music originating in the second decade of the 21st century. It is a general term for styles of country music taking influence from 21st-century hip-hop, hard rock, and electronic music, with lyrics about trucks, beer, and scantily clad women.

It’s obvious that the “bro country” music genre is now a part of mainstream country music nowadays, and has grown in popularity with younger listeners everywhere. Below is a list of the top 5 bro-country songs out there. Do you see why they stand out?

5. “My Kinda Party” (2010), Jason Aldean

It just seems like Aldean is trying to be the king of summertime, bro-country hits, but don’t tell the other artists on this list that. Adding some bro-country to his 2010 hit song “My Kinda Party” the catchy words about bonfires and drinking seem way too relatable for people to not enjoy simply for the fact of reminiscing. We even put this track on our ‘Best Summer Country Songs,’ list.

This second Aldean track on this bro-country is list is a song with an up-tempo country rock beat all about a guy who’s “worked all week” asking a girl out for a tailgate party and bonfire, then asking her to stay the night with him afterward. If that doesn’t scream hot, what really does? The song’s mixture of hard rock guitar riffs, catchy flow, and electronic sound screams bro-country.

Learn more about “My Kinda Party” here.

Learn more about Jason Aldean here.

Read the lyrics for “My Kinda Party” here.

“My Kinda Party” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


4. “Country Girl Shake It For Me” (2011), Luke Bryan

What’s bro-country without Luke Bryan? As the definition of the subgenre states, most of his songs are, in fact, about trucks, beer, and scantily clad women. “Country Girl” just happened to be one of his first ones, and still a huge fan favorite. He does take a little offense to being defined by the word “bro-country,” though.

“I feel the initial term ‘bro-country’ was created to be kind of a little degrading to what’s popular, to what country artists are doing right now,” he told Cleveland.com.

“It’s frustrating because whichever artists may or may not get labeled as that, they’re well beyond that,” he adds. “For people to call me the father of it, well, whatever. It just seems like a term that was invented to cheapen me as an artist.”

We aren’t trying to cheapen him as an artist. People love his songs and love him. People love bro-country songs. We see nothing wrong with giving his tunes a bro-country label.

Learn more about “Country Girl Shake It For Me” here.

Learn more about Luke Bryan here.

Read the lyrics for “Country Girl Shake It For Me” here.

“Country Girl Shake It For Me” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


3. “Cruise” (2012), Florida Georgia Line


Even though Florida Georgia Line once told news journalist Dan Rather they don’t even know what bro-country is, they are definitely one of the bands at the forefront of it. Their hit song “Cruise” was just the first song from them that helped define this genre of music and mix a more southern “hip-hop” sound to country music. The remix also features rapper Nelly.

This tune is incredibly catchy and has its references hovering around smoking, drinking and Victoria’s Secret being no secret anymore, making it onto almost every young country music fan’s playlist the year it was released.

This isn’t the only bro-country song from the band. It seems like creating this sort of music is their thing. Their tracks “Get Your Shine On” and “This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan are great bro-country tunes,  too.

Learn more about “Cruise” here.

Learn more about Florida Georgia Line here.

Read the lyrics for “Cruise” here.

“Cruise” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


2. “Bottoms Up” (2013), Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” grabbed the second spot on our list because of its bro-country lyrics and the rap part accompanied with it from southern rapper T.I. While older country music fans may not have liked the song because it has some rap in it, newbies loved it.

Tailgates, Daisy Dukes, Bonnie and Clyde and parties beneath the moonlight are all elements of this popular song from 2013, but the twenty-something singer’s unique delivery added a fresh coat of paint. Not only does he write his own songs, but he avoids any gratuitous “Uh-Uh” or Yeah-yeah” grunts. We’re looking at you, Luke Bryan. Gilbert’s delivery is a sort of melodic narration, like Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” where he’s more talking than singing.

“See you and me ridin’ like Bonnie and Clyde / Goin’ 95 burnin’ down 129 / Yeah, lookin’ for the law while I push my luck,” he sings to begin the song full of heavy guitar. Gilbert keeps it cool throughout the whole song, making it almost the best bro-country tunes out there.

“Throwin’ on down, rock this quiet little country town yeah / Drop a tailgate on your truck / Find a keg and fill your cup / Kick it on back, pretty little mama lookin’ at you like that / Make you wanna slide on in like girl what’s up / Tonight it’s bottoms up,” rings the chorus.

Learn more about “Bottoms Up” here.

Learn more about Brantley Gilbert here.

Read the lyrics for “Bottoms Up” here.

“Bottoms Up” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


1. “Dirt Road Anthem” (2010), Jason Aldean

Who doesn’t like to cruise around in their ride when the weather’s nice or like to think about those parties you went to during summer as a teen? Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” not only allows you to flashback to those days, but it was also one of the first hit country songs, other than Nelly’s “Over and Over Again” featuring Tim McGraw, that included “rap” in it. Unlike Nelly’s song, “Dirt Road Anthem” is a country music song with a rapping part done by Aldean instead of a mainstream rap music artist.

If you’re really into the bro country sound, you can check out the “Dirt Road Anthem” remix with Ludacris, too. He adds the perfect dirty south flow needed to get you pumped and in the summer mood.

Learn more about “Dirt Road Anthem” here.

Learn more about Jason Aldean here.

Read the lyrics for “Dirt Road Anthem” here.

“Dirt Road Anthem” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


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The Top Ten Best 90s Country Songs

Tim McGraw performing at Jones Beach Theater on June 11, 2015 in Wantagh, New York. Photo Credit: Getty

Country music is always epic, no matter what decade it came from. But we all know country tunes shined the most during the 90s. From Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take The Girl” to Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s In Love With The Boy,” it seems like the tunes from this era just never get old. Check out a list of our favorite, best 90s country songs, below, just in case you forgot what some of them are. They’re in no particular order, of course.

10. “Don’t Take The Girl” (1994), Tim McGraw

There’s probably no other country music song that’s more touching than Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take The Girl.” The song tells the story of two young lovers dealing with difficult scenarios at three different stages in their lives. In each situation, the man does all he can to make sure different people “don’t take the girl.”

In the first verse, the young man, named Johnny, is eight years old, about to go on a fishing trip with his father. A young, unnamed girl, apparently Johnny’s age, is also present, with a fishing pole in her hand. Johnny doesn’t want the girl to come fishing with them. So he begs his father to, “take any boy in the world / Daddy please, don’t take the girl”.

The song’s second verse finds Johnny and the girl ten years later, now as teenagers. The two have since fallen in love and are now dating. As Johnny and his girlfriend are on a date at the movies, they encounter a robber with a gun. The robber grabs the girl and tells Johnny to give in to his demands. Johnny surrenders his money, wallet, credit cards, a watch that his grandfather gave him, and even his car keys so that the girl would be safe.

Verse three takes place five years after the second verse. At this point, Johnny and the girl are now married and expecting their first child, and the girl is eventually rushed to the hospital to have her baby delivered. The baby is safely delivered, but the doctor informs Johnny that his wife is “fading fast.” Johnny then collapses to his knees and prays to God that his wife survives, even asking that his own life is taken instead of his wife’s as long as she’s okay.

The song ends with a repeat of the opening line of the song: “Johnny’s daddy was taking him fishin’ when he was eight years old” leaving the listener with the impression that the cycle has begun to repeat itself.

“Don’t Take The Girl” was released in March 1994 as the second single from his album Not a Moment Too Soon. The song was McGraw’s fifth single overall and his first number-one single on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Learn more about “Don’t Take The Girl” here.

Learn more about Tim McGraw here.

Read the lyrics for “Don’t Take The Girl” here.

“Don’t Take The Girl” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


9. “Check Yes or No” (1996), George Strait

“Do you love me, do you want to be my friend?…” We bet every country music fan knows the lyrics that come next.

“Check Yes or No” is a song written by Danny Wells and Dana Hunt Black, and recorded by George Strait. It was released in September 1995 as the lead single from his box set Strait Out of the Box. It peaked at number-one on both the U.S. Billboard country chart and the Canadian RPM country chart.

The song pretty much has the cutest lyrics ever. It’s an ode to a lover in which the narrator discusses the history of their relationship, detailing how their romance began when they were just in school.

Learn more about “Check Yes Or No” here.

Learn more about George Strait here.

Read the lyrics for “Check Yes Or No” here.

“Check Yes Or No” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


8. “It’s Your Love” (1997), Tim McGraw Ft. Faith Hill

Meet the first Tim McGraw and Faith Hill duet to hit number one. “It’s Your Love” is a song written by Stephony Smith. It was released in May 1997 as the first single from McGraw’s album Everywhere. The song reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in its fifth week on the chart. The song stayed there for six weeks and became McGraw’s and Hill’s first top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The accompanying music video showcases McGraw and Hill, who was very noticeably pregnant with the couple’s first daughter, Gracie.

Since it’s release, it’s still a fan favorite to play at weddings. The lyrics just make it one of the best love songs ever recorded. It totally helps that the singers are married in real life, too.

Learn more about “It’s Your Love” here.

Learn more about Tim McGraw here.

Read the lyrics for “It’s Your Love” here.

“It’s Your Love” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


7. “She’s In Love With The Boy” (1991), Trisha Yearwood

Who hasn’t dated someone their dad didn’t like? That’s exactly the scenario Trisha Yearwood sings about in “In Love With The Boy.”

The track was released in March 1991 as the lead single from her self-titled debut album. The song reached number one on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and was the first of five number ones on the country chart for Yearwood.

The song is an upbeat song about a teenage couple named Katie and Tommy in a small town becoming betrothed. Katie’s father does not approve of their relationship and after the couple returns home late after a date, he angrily confronts them; but Katie’s mother comes to their defense, pointing out to Katie’s father that they were no different from Katie and Tommy when they were teenagers and how her own father didn’t approve of the relationship, but she married him anyway and that Katie will do the same with Tommy.

“He was wrong and honey you are too / Katie looks at Tommy like I still look at you.”

Learn more about “She’s In Love With The Boy” here.

Learn more about Trisha Yearwood here.

Read the lyrics for “She’s In Love With The Boy” here.

“She’s In Love With The Boy” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


6. “Friends In Low Places” (1990), Garth Brooks

Next, comes a song from Yearwood’s real life husband, Garth Brooks. His song “Friends In Low Places”  was released in August 1990 as the first single from his album No Fences. The song spent four weeks at number one on the Hot Country Songs and won both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards for 1990 Single of the Year. “Friends in Low Places” was written in 1989 by songwriters Dewayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee.

According to Lee, the idea of the song came when he and some songwriting friends gathered for lunch one day at Tavern on the Row, a popular Nashville eatery. When the check came, Lee realized he had forgotten his money. He was asked how he was going to pay for the meal, and he replied, “Don’t worry. I have friends in low places. I know the cook.” Lee and his songwriting partner, Blackwell, immediately recognized that the line “friends in low places” had potential, but they didn’t act upon it immediately. Then, months later, Lee and Blackwell were at a party, celebrating a recent #1 hit by another songwriter. They began to talk about the “friends in low places” idea, and “at that very moment, it all started to come together in a song,” Lee told the author of The Stories Behind Country Music’s All-Time Greatest 100 Songs.

Learn more about “Friends In Low Places” here.

Learn more about Garth Brooks here.

Read the lyrics for “Friends In Low Places” here.

“Friends In Low Places” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


5. “Amazed” (1999), Lonestar

“Amazed” is a song written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo, and Chris Lindsey. The first version of the song was recorded by the American country music group Lonestar, whose version was released in March 1999 as the second single from their 1999 album Lonely Grill.

Lonestar’s version is their longest-lasting number one single and biggest hit, spending eight weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart. The song’s touching and adorable lyrics, instantly made it every couple’s “song” making it one of the best love tunes in the 90s.

Learn more about “Amazed” here.

Learn more about Lonestar here.

Read the lyrics for “Amazed” here.

“Amazed” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


4. “Sold” (1995), John Michael Montgomery

“Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” is a song written by Richard Fagan and Robb Royer, and recorded by country music artist John Michael Montgomery. It was released in May 1995 as the second single from Montgomery’s self-titled album. It hit number-one on the country charts in the United States and Canada in July 1995, and is one of Montgomery’s best-known songs. It was named Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks’ number-one single for 1995.

The song is uptempo, and the narrator tells a story about a woman he saw at the Grundy County, Tennessee Auction. It proceeds with the narrator courting the woman in the style of an auction chant, making it catchy as hell.

Learn more about “Sold” here.

Learn more about John Michael Montgomery here.

Read the lyrics for “Sold” here.

“Sold” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


3. “Strawberry Wine” (1995), Deana Carter

 

What girl doesn’t say “Strawberry Wine” is the ode to her life?

“Strawberry Wine” is the title of a debut song written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, and recorded by Deana Carter. The song went on to peak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks. “Strawberry Wine” is Carter’s most successful single in her career overall.

The song tells the story of co-writer Berg’s own coming of age as a teenager outside of Luck, Wisconsin, she recalled to Country Weekly, “We used to go to my grandparents’ dairy farm in the summer. My aunt, who’s six months younger than me, and I would try to score some wine. And I met this boy…”

The lyrics describe a time in her youth when she lost her innocence and compares her love to the sweetness of “strawberry wine”. As she grows older, she returns to this place, to find that everything has changed.

Learn more about “Strawberry Wine” here.

Learn more about Deana Carter here.

Read the lyrics for “Strawberry Wine” here.

“Strawberry Wine” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


2. “Chattahoochee” (1992), Alan Jackson

Chattahoochee” is a song co-written and recorded by music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in May 1993 as the third single from his album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love). Jackson wrote the song with Jim McBride.

The song is uptempo and talks about growing up along the Chattahoochee River that forms part of the border between Georgia and Alabama. Alan Jackson talks about the song in the liner notes for his 1995 The Greatest Hits Collection: “Jim McBride and I were trying to write an up-tempo song and Jim came in with the line ‘way down yonder on the Chattahoochee’. It kind of went from there. It’s a song about having fun, growing up. and coming of age in a small town – which really applies to anyone across the country, not just by the Chattahoochee. We never thought it would be as big as it’s become.”

Learn more about “Chattahoochee” here.

Learn more about Alan Jackson here.

Read the lyrics for “Chattahoochee” here.

“Chattahoochee” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


1. “Any Man Of Mine” (1995), Shania Twain

“Any Man of Mine” is a song co-written and recorded by Canadian country music artist Shania Twain. It was released in April 1995 as the second single from her album The Woman in Me. The song was written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Twain. The song became Twain’s first number one hit at country radio, as well her first crossover hit after it cracked the top 40 on the pop charts.

On April 26, 1995, the full video was released onto her website and onto the CMT. The video showcases Twain’s famed midriff, while she dances around in jeans and a jean-vest. The country theme of the video is prominent, filmed at a ranch, with Twain being around a horse, and driving a truck pulling a horse trailer.

The song is about a woman who is telling her man the things he needs to do to make her happy and satisfied. “Any man of mine better be proud of me even when I’m ugly, he still better love me and I can be late for a date—that’s fine, but he’d better be on time,” she sings. The lyrics and fun cheerleading-sound beat make the song super catchy, especially to women who can relate to what Twain’s singing about.

Learn more about “Any Man of Mine” here.

Learn more about Shania Twain here.

Read the lyrics for “Any Man of Mine” here.

“Any Man of Mine” download: AmazoniTunesGoogle Play


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