So everyone has that one playlist that they are constantly updating. It’s their go-to playlist that they listen to every single day no matter what mood they are in. What most people don’t usually have on that playlist is country music. Artists like Dan + Shay, Carrie Underwood, and even Taylor Swift have opened the door for country artists to be on everyday Top 40 radio, and we’re so grateful for it!
Country music can get alienated from people’s playlists because not everyone can see how diverse this genre really is. They assume it all sounds like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Garth Brooks, but in reality, you have so many amazing country and modern country artists. One of those artists is the country music duo Dan + Shay, and with that being said, here are 4 Dan + Shay songs that you should be adding to your everyday playlist!
Even if you have no clue who Dan + Shay are, you have most likely heard this song. ‘Tequila’ was the first single from the duo’s self-titled studio album, which came out in 2018. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and even got the attention of Taylor Swift, who added it to the preshow playlist on her reputation Stadium Tour. The best part of this song is that Dan’s wife, Abby, sings the backing vocals for all of the “when I when I’s.”
‘10,000 Hours’ (Ft. Justin Bieber)
This is another Dan + Shay song that fans of the duo or just fans of Top 40 radio, in general, would have heard. Written by the country duo and JB, it’s a beautiful love song that can be a universal message to any couple, new or established – that if it takes “10,000 hours or the rest of my life,” they will always love the other person in that relationship. And it was released just four days after Justin and Hailey got married, making this song that much more special!
‘Only Us’ (With Carrie Underwood)
While ‘Only Us’ isn’t the duo’s original song, they add something so unique that it just itches your brain in the right way. Along with country queen Carrie Underwood, they turn a piece of music from a hit Broadway musical-turned-movie, Dear Evan Hansen, into something that sounds like it belongs at #1 on the Billboard country charts. There is just something so unique about hearing a song that was written as a love song to push a musical forward, instead recorded as a country duet that genuinely brings a smile to a listener’s face. Plus the video for this recording is super simple, so you can really focus on the music!
‘Glad You Exist’
Last but certainly not least is ‘Glad You Exist.’ This song is something so special because, unlike the last three songs, it can represent any kind of relationship. Whether that be a long-time friendship, a newer friendship, or even a romantic relationship! The main lyric in the chorus, “I’m just so glad you exist,” is that reminder to anyone who is having an off day that someone is always going to be ‘Glad You Exist.’
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