2018 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place, or will take place, in 2018.

List of years in country music (table)

Events[edit]

Top hits of the year[edit]

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, and/or Canada Country charts in 2018:

Singles released by American and Australian artists[edit]

Songs Airplay Canada Single Artist References
21 11 22 "All Day Long" Garth Brooks [12]
6 2 2 "All on Me" Devin Dawson [13]
8 17 16 "Babe" Sugarland
featuring Taylor Swift
[14]
6 29 "Beautiful Crazy" [A] Luke Combs [15]
5 1 1 "Best Shot" Jimmie Allen [16]
5 1 2 "Blue Tacoma" Russell Dickerson [17]
19 18 26 "Born to Love You" Lanco [18]
14 16 50 "Boy" Lee Brice [19]
4 2 34 "Break Up in the End" Cole Swindell [20]
5 1 3 "Broken Halos" Chris Stapleton [21]
21 15 36 "Burn Out" [A] Midland [22]
8 7 1 "Burning Man" [A] Dierks Bentley
featuring Brothers Osborne
[23]
11 3 1 "Coming Home" Keith Urban
featuring Julia Michaels
[24]
5 9 8 "Cry Pretty" Carrie Underwood [25]
8 13 4 "Desperate Man" [A] Eric Church [26]
19 19 1 "Down to the Honkytonk" [A] Jake Owen [27]
14 15 22 "Downtown's Dead" Sam Hunt [28]
3 1 1 "Drowns the Whiskey" Jason Aldean
featuring Miranda Lambert
[29]
12 7 25 "Drunk Girl" Chris Janson [30]
6 2 2 "Drunk Me" [A] Mitchell Tenpenny [31]
9 1 16 "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" David Lee Murphy
& Kenny Chesney
[32]
4 "Famous" Mason Ramsey [33]
11 12 3 "Female" Keith Urban [24]
4 1 2 "Five More Minutes" Scotty McCreery [34]
7 1 6 "For the First Time" Darius Rucker [35]
2 1 1 "Get Along" Kenny Chesney [36]
17 15 43 "Get to You" Michael Ray [37]
15 6 10 "A Girl Like You" Easton Corbin [38]
11 10 13 "Girl Like You" [A] Jason Aldean [39]
17 "Good as You" Kane Brown [40]
9 7 28 "Good Girl" [A] Dustin Lynch [41]
8 2 4 "Hangin' On" Chris Young [42]
18 13 32 "Happens Like That" Granger Smith [43]
22 15 33 "Heart Break" Lady Antebellum [44]
2 1 1 "Heaven" Kane Brown [45]
21 13 13 "Hide the Wine" Carly Pearce [46]
6 2 14 "Hooked" Dylan Scott [47]
5 1 2 "Hotel Key" Old Dominion [48]
7 1 14 "I Could Use a Love Song" Maren Morris [49]
8 3 3 "I Lived It" Blake Shelton [50]
7 1 1 "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" Jake Owen [51]
28 17 43 "Kinda Don't Care" Justin Moore [52]
11 3 20 "Kiss Somebody" Morgan Evans [53]
12 6 30 "Last Shot" [A] Kip Moore [54]
10 1 3 "Legends" Kelsea Ballerini [55]
6 1 1 "Life Changes" Thomas Rhett [56]
3 1 1 "Like I Loved You" Brett Young [57]
7 3 7 "The Long Way" Brett Eldredge [58]
1 1 1 "Lose It" Kane Brown [59]
7 1 2 "Losing Sleep" Chris Young [60]
23 15 12 "Make a Little" Midland [61]
2 1 1 "Marry Me" Thomas Rhett [62]
1 1 7 "Meant to Be" Bebe Rexha
& Florida Georgia Line
[63]
2 1 8 "Mercy" Brett Young [57]
15 13 45 "Millionaire"[A] Chris Stapleton [64]
4 1 1 "Most People Are Good" Luke Bryan [65]
14 "Must've Never Met You" Luke Combs [66]
24 20 41 "Neon Church" [A] Tim McGraw [67]
31 24 10 "Never Comin' Down" [A] Keith Urban [68]
26 25 20 "Night Shift" [A] Jon Pardi [69]
3 1 1 "One Number Away" Luke Combs [15]
22 15 38 "The Ones That Like Me" Brantley Gilbert [70]
18 25 48 "The Rest of Our Life" Tim McGraw
and Faith Hill
[71]
8 4 2 "Rich" Maren Morris [72]
7 2 8 "Round Here Buzz" Eric Church [73]
2 1 1 "She Got the Best of Me" Luke Combs [74]
2 1 1 "Simple" Florida Georgia Line [75]
4 1 1 "Singles You Up" Jordan Davis [76]
10 6 2 "Sixteen"[A] Thomas Rhett [77]
1 4 4 "Speechless"[A] Dan + Shay [78]
4 1 2 "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" Luke Bryan [79]
12 8 3 "Take Back Home Girl" Chris Lane
featuring Tori Kelly
[80]
17 16 15 "Take It From Me" [A] Jordan Davis [81]
19 37 47 "Talk You Out of It" [A] Florida Georgia Line [82]
2 1 1 "Tequila" Dan + Shay [83]
22 18 39 "There Was This Girl" [A] Riley Green [84]
13 11 36 "This Is It" [A] Scotty McCreery [85]
14 10 20 "Turnin' Me On" [A] Blake Shelton [86]
5 1 1 "Up Down" Morgan Wallen
featuring Florida Georgia Line
[87]
20 14 17 "What Makes You Country" [A] Luke Bryan [88]
7 1 1 "Woman, Amen" Dierks Bentley [89]
3 1 1 "Written in the Sand" Old Dominion [90]
9 10 17 "You Broke Up with Me" Walker Hayes [91]
2 1 1 "You Make It Easy" Jason Aldean [92]
3 1 2 "Yours" Russell Dickerson [93]

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

Songs Airplay Canada Single Artist References
1 "8th Day" Dean Brody [94]
15 "18 Ends" Petric [95]
9 "All About Her" Paul Brandt [96]
8 "Anthem" Brett Kissel [97]
12 "The Bad Guy" Meghan Patrick [98]
16 "Bittersweet" Paul Brandt
featuring Lindsay Ell
[99]
19 "Blame It on the Neon" Leaving Thomas [100]
9 "Born and Raised" Hunter Brothers [101]
7 "Camouflage" Jess Moskaluke [102]
5 "Country Music Made Me Do It" Meghan Patrick [103]
28 19 1 "Criminal" Lindsay Ell [104]
3 "Dear Drunk Me" Chad Brownlee [105]
5 "Denim on Denim" Tebey [106]
1 "Dive Bar" Gord Bamford [107]
8 "Do It with You" Andrew Hyatt [108]
14 "Dose of Country" Dean Brody [109]
16 "Downtown Kids" David James [110]
11 "Feel Like That" Washboard Union [111]
11 "Feels Like That" Reklaws [112]
10 "Forever Rebels" Tim Hicks [113]
18 "Get Me There" Shawn Austin [114]
6 "Good Goodbye" Dean Brody [115]
6 "Good Together" James Barker Band [116]
6 "Got Your Name on It" Jade Eagleson [117]
8 "Guitars and Gasoline" Brett Kissel [118]
12 "Habit" Andrew Hyatt [119]
16 "Little Girl" Kira Isabella [120]
6 "Long Live the Night" Reklaws [121]
4 "Loud" Tim Hicks [113]
1 "Make 'Em Like You" Dallas Smith [122]
9 "Miss Me Yet" Aaron Goodvin [123]
13 "Money" Cold Creek Country [124]
11 "Neon Love" Madeline Merlo [125]
10 "Neon Smoke" Gord Bamford [126]
3 "One Drink Ago" Dallas Smith
& Terri Clark
[127]
6 "The Road" Emerson Drive [128]
11 7 "She's with Me" (U.S. release) High Valley [129]
1 "Sleepin' Around" Dallas Smith [127]
8 "Somebody's Daughter" Tenille Townes [130]
16 "Sun Set on It" David James [131]
9 "Those Were the Nights" Hunter Brothers [132]
6 "Walls Come Down" Meghan Patrick [133]
15 "What We're Made Of" Washboard Union [134]
1 "Who's Gonna Love You" Tebey [135]
17 "The Worst Kind" Tim Hicks
& Lindsey Ell
[136]
6 "Worth a Shot" Aaron Pritchett [137]
9 "You Are" Aaron Goodvin [138]
10 "Young Forever" High Valley [139]

Notes[edit]

  • "—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • A^ Current singles.

Top new album releases[edit]

The following albums placed on the Top Country Albums charts in 2018:

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
1 All of It Cole Swindell Warner Bros. Nashville August 17 [140]
5 Amos Michael Ray Atlantic Nashville June 1 [141]
2 Bigger Sugarland Big Machine June 8 [142]
5 Creeker Upchurch Redneck Nation April 20 [143]
1 Cry Pretty Carrie Underwood 19/Capitol Nashville September 14 [144]
1 Dan + Shay Dan + Shay Warner Bros. Nashville June 22 [145]
5 Dark Horse Devin Dawson Warner Bros. Nashville January 19 [146]
1 Desperate Man Eric Church EMI Nashville October 5 [147]
1 Experiment Kane Brown RCA Nashville November 9 [148]
3 Find a Light Blackberry Smoke 3 Legged Records April 6 [149]
10 Florida Georgia Line (EP) Florida Georgia Line Republic Nashville June 1 [150]
7 Girl Going Nowhere Ashley McBryde Warner Bros. Nashville March 30 [151]
1 Golden Hour Kacey Musgraves MCA Nashville March 30 [152]
1 Graffiti U Keith Urban Capitol Nashville April 27 [153]
1 Hallelujah Nights Lanco Arista Nashville January 19 [154]
3 Here's to You Montgomery Gentry Average Joes February 2 [155]
6 Home State Jordan Davis MCA Nashville March 23 [156]
2 I Serve a Savior Josh Turner MCA Nashville October 26 [157]
1 Interstate Gospel Pistol Annies RCA Nashville November 2 [158]
9 Johnny Cash: Forever Words Various Artists Legacy April 6
8 Laps Around the Sun Chris Lane Big Loud July 13 [159]
3 Last Man Standing Willie Nelson Legacy April 27 [160]
2 Lifers Cody Jinks Rounder July 27 [161]
3 Live from the Ryman Jason Isbell Thirty Tigers October 19 [162]
1 The Mountain Dierks Bentley Capitol Nashville June 8 [163]
6 Now That's What I Call Country, Volume 11 Various Artists Sony Music/Universal June 8
2 Port Saint Joe Brothers Osborne EMI Nashville April 20 [164]
1 Rearview Town Jason Aldean Broken Bow April 13 [165]
4 Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin Various Artists UMG Nashville April 6
1 Seasons Change Scotty McCreery Triple Tigers March 16 [166]
1 Songs for the Saints Kenny Chesney Warner Music Nashville July 27 [167]
6 Supernatural Upchurch Redneck Nation September 7 [168]
9 Things That We Drink To Morgan Evans Warner Music Nashville October 12 [169]
2 The Tree of Forgiveness John Prine Oh Boy Records April 13 [170]
9 Water (EP) Sister Hazel Croakin' Poets February 9 [171]
8 Wouldn't It Be Great Loretta Lynn Legacy September 28 [172]

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
13 Ameracal Adam Calhoun Adam Calhoun March 16 [173]
40 The Anthology Part III, LIVE Garth Brooks Pearl Records November 20 [174]
24 Dirt Rock The Lacs Average Joes May 4 [175]
41 Downey to Lubbock Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore Yep Roc June 1 [176]
16 Dumplin' Dolly Parton RCA Nashville/Dolly Records November 30 [177]
38 Elvis: '68 Comeback Special: 50th Anniversary Edition (soundtrack) Elvis Presley RCA Legacy November 30 [178]
17 Elvis Presley: The Searcher (Soundtrack) Elvis Presley RCA Legacy April 6 [179]
19 Hard Times and White Lines Whitey Morgan and the 78's Whitey Morgan Music October 26 [180]
11 If I Know Me Morgan Wallen Big Loud Mountain April 27 [181]
11 Mercury Lane Jimmie Allen Broken Bow/Stoney Creek October 12 [182]
35 Mitchell Tenpenny (EP) Mitchell Tenpenny Riser House February 23 [183]
35 No Zip Code David Lee Murphy Reviver April 6 [184]
41 One Drop of Truth The Wood Brothers Honey Jar February 2 [185]
27 Project X, Volume 1 Upchurch x Bottleneck Redneck Nation January 26 [186]
20 Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions Kip Moore MCA Nashville November 16 [187]
16 She Remembers Everything Rosanne Cash Blue Note Records November 2 [188]
42 Shooter Shooter Jennings Low Country Sound August 10 [189]
27 Solid Ground Wade Bowen Lil' Buddy Toons February 9 [190]
29 Sometimes Just the Sky Mary Chapin Carpenter Lambent Light March 30 [191]
17 Songs of the Plains Colter Wall Young Mary's October 12 [192]
21 Sparrow Ashley Monroe Warner Bros. Nashville April 20 [193]
23 They Were There: A Hero's Documentary (soundtrack} Granger Smith Wheelhouse Records November 30 [194]
20 Things Change American Aquarium New West Records June 1 [195]
21 The Throne Adam Calhoun Adam Calhoun November 2 [196]
16 'Til I'm Gone Frank Foster Lone Chief September 21 [197]
39 The Tree Lori McKenna CN Records July 20 [198]
14 Volunteer Old Crow Medicine Show Columbia Nashville April 20 [199]
46 Wind (EP) Sister Hazel Croakin' Poets September 7 [200]
20 WW III Wheeler Walker Jr. Thirty Tigers November 30 [201]
34 You Got 'Em All Trent Harmon Big Machine Label Group May 18 [202]

Announced[edit]

Album Artist Record Label Release Date
Ticket to L.A. Brett Young BMLG Records December 7
Telling All My Secrets Mitchell Tenpenny Riser House/Columbia Nashville December 14

Deaths[edit]

Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Bluegrass Hall of Fame[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

  • Ricky Skaggs, bluegrass-influenced-and-styled singer-songwriter-musician and leading figure in the neotraditionalist movement of the 1980s onward (born 1954).[215]
  • Dottie West, leading singer of the 1960s and early 1970s, enjoyed pop-styled resurgence in late 1970s and early 1980s (1932-1991).[215]
  • Johnny Gimble, Western swing-styled musician and member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys (1926-2015).[215]

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Academy of Country Music[edit]

ACM Honors[217] (presented August 22 in Nashville)

Americana Music Honors & Awards[edit]

(presented on September 12, 2018)[218]

ARIA Awards[edit]

(presented in Sydney on November 28, 2018)[219]

CMT Awards[edit]

(presented on June 7, 2018 in Nashville)[220]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

(presented on November 15, 2018 in Nashville)[221]

International Bluegrass Music Association Awards[edit]

(presented on September 27, 2018)[222]

See also[edit]

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