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What is the criteria for a great summer country song? Some prefer uptempo. some prefer ballads. Some choose traditional, others want contemporary. One thing that most everyone agrees on is that the perfect summer song has to have an energy, a good vibe and a great sing-along lyric.


The summer of 2017 has provided us with a plenty of sing-alongs and toe-tappers, including that smoking hot collaboration with Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris, “Craving You.”

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The first single from Thomas’ upcoming third album, “Life Changes,” “Craving You,” got stuck in our ears just before summer arrived and has remained there through the hottest and most humid days of the season. And, the reality is, it will remain stuck there for much longer. With a groove that gets you off your seat and on your feet, and a lyric that makes you feel like a karaoke superstar, it’s best enjoyed with the top down on your convertible, or poolside with an umbrella drink in your hand.

T-Rhett didn’t corner the market on summertime sizzle, though.

Coming off of the success of his second No. 1 single, “Dirt On My Boots,” is Jon Pardi, who slid “Heartache On the Dance Floor” into our summer playlists just before summer hit. And although we typically think of summertime as being a lazy season, we couldn’t wait to get our boots, sneakers and flip-flops scootin’ to this super, two-steppin’ groove. But we aren’t dancing too loud. Heck, no one would want to drown out that Pardi swagger, and we can’t miss our chance to sing, “Where she at, where she at, where she at toni-i-i-i-ght.”

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There were so many great songs from the summer of 2017, we hate to see the season end. The good thing is that this pair of tunes and all the others on this edition of Rare Country’s 5 are destined to be classics and will remain with us into fall, winter and, heck, infinity!

Find our other picks in the new video above, and be sure to let us know what your favorite song for this summer has been.

And be sure to check back in later this week when we have more of the news from in and around country music in Rare Country’s 5.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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