Bebe Rexha’s ‘Meant to Be’ + 10 Other Pop Country Essentials
Crossover hits have a rich history on the mainstream charts, but right now, pop country is on a hot streak. Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be," her western team-up with feature champs Florida Georgia Line, is currently sitting among the Billboard Hot 100's top three, while "The Middle" — featuring country breakout Maren Morris — is a just a flew slots down at No. 5.
So, if you're hooked on Bebe's new sound and looking for more pop-co singles to tack onto your playlist, check out 10 other must-hear tracks below.
Zedd, Marren Morris, and Grey, "The Middle"
This electro-driven radio bop comes with a rip-roaring hook courtesy of country darling Maren Morris.
Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso, "Let Me Go" featuring Florida Georgia Line and Andrew Watt
Hailee Steinfeld's "Let Me Go" is a prime example of modern pop-co, melding reach-for-the-rafters production with a down-south edge.
Beyoncé, "Daddy Lessons" featuring Dixie Chicks
Queen B took this Lemonade gem from Americana stomper to all-out country jam with a feature from the legendary Dixie Chicks.
Lady Gaga, "A-YO"
One of the highlights from Lady Gag's country detour, Joanne, "A-YO" tops funk rock instrumentals with subtle twang.
Avicii, "Wake Me Up"
Much of pop-co's current momentum can be traced back to Avicii, whose genre-clashing "Wake Me Up" helped plant the seed for crossover success.
Darius Rucker, "Wagon Wheel"
Though one of the most true-to-country entires on this list, Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel" cover was near inescapable in 2013.
Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean, "Don't You Wanna Stay"
Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean were way ahead of the curve with "Don't You Wanna Stay," a 2010 pop-co power ballad.
The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
The Band Perry's sleepy, string-accented lullaby helped push them into the mainstream, leaping to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Taylor Swift, "Love Story"
Taylor Swift set her Top 40 takeover into motion with 2008's "Love Story," a sweeping, pastoral serenade with major radio appeal.
Carrie Underwood, "Before He Cheats"
This barroom kiss-off to a straying ex remains one of Underwood's most well-known hits to date.