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29 Country Songs You Grew Up Loving If You Were A Millennial Gay Or Straight Person With Taste


1. "Fancy" by Reba McEntire

The patron saint to gay men everywhere. In Fancy Rae Baker we trust.

2. "She's in Love with the Boy" by Trisha Yearwood

This song started my never-ending relationship with toxic men with brains that can best be described as being "on the short end of the stick."

3. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack

This song invented dramatically staring out of a car window, pretending you're in a music video.

4. "Leave the Pieces" by the Wreckers

Better than any of Michelle Branch's solo stuff, and that's no easy feat!

5. "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter

A classic that aged like a fine (strawberry) wine.

6. "Any Man of Mine" by Shania Twain

"I better be late for a date that's fine, but he better be on time." This song created standards.

7. "Independence Day" by Martina McBride

A national anthem we can all get behind.

8. "This One's for the Girls" by Martina McBride

An anthem for all the girls and gay boys out there.

9. "Goodbye Earl" by the Chicks

Fuck men. Kill 'em all!!!

10. "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood

Same as above.

11. "Who I Am" by Jessica Andrews


12. "The Way You Love Me" by Faith Hill

This music video was camp!

13. "I Just Wanna Be Mad" by Terri Clark

An emo country anthem.

14. "Bye-Bye" by Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee made bad bitch anthems. Don't mess with a woman in circle frames.

15. "Mississippi Girl" by Faith Hill

Faith Hill's best song!

16. "Cowboy Take Me Away" by the Chicks

*Chills* every time this song comes on.

17. "I'm Alright" by Jo Dee Messina

A mood.

18. "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban

The only *man* on this list. Keith Urban gets a pass.

19. "Baby Girl" by Sugarland

Many a gay growing up when this song came out imagined leaving their awful hometowns for literally anywhere else. This song did that for them!

20. "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans

Dear Sara, I am still waiting for the brown-eyed boy in my future. Find him.

21. "Up!" by Shania Twain

"Up!" is 2020 in song form.

22. "She's Not Just a Pretty Face" by Shania Twain

So underrated.

23. "Kerosene" by Miranda Lambert

"I'm giving up on love, cuz love's givin' up on me" now and forever.

24. "Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Chicks

The ultimate fuck-everyone-from-your-hometown song.

25. "I Need You" by LeAnn Rimes

A karaoke classic.

26. "Don't Worry Bout a Thing" by SHeDAISY

This song got me through middle school.

27. "Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson

Because even gays and woke straights have a *real country* moment every now and then.

28. "Somebody" by Reba McEntire

Poncho queen.

29. "Jolene" by Dolly Parton

Because this list needed a Dolly Parton song.

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