Country Song Power Rankings — January 2023

The No. 1 country song to begin 2023 proves that there is more than one way to “make it” in country music.

Taste of Country’s monthly Top 40 list has undergone a makeover. Instead of just listing the songs in reverse order like we always have, we’ve pulled data to help you better follow your favorite songs. Check out the improvements below.

Bailey ZimmermanLainey Wilson, Jelly Roll and Morgan Wallen are among the artists with two songs in the Top 40. Kane Brown‘s latest single continues to creep toward No. 1, while Cole Swindell holds on to a Top 10 placement. Find your favorite song below and click any link to listen.

This list of Top 40 country songs of January 2023 is compiled from Billboard chart data, streaming data, sales figures, staff opinion and reader feedback. 

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Randee St. Nichols

New Country Songs, January 2023:

  • Matt Stell, “Man Made” (39)
  • Parmalee, “Girl in Mine” (33)
  • Carrie Underwood, “Hate My Heart” (32)
  • Jelly Roll, “Need a Favor” (HIGHEST DEBUT, NO. 31!) 

Bubbling Under:

  • Miranda Lambert, “Strange”
  • Kolby Cooper, “Excuses”
  • Morgan Evans, “Over for You”
  • Tyler Hubbard, “Dancin’ in the Country”

Biggest Winners of January 2023:

  • Scotty McCreery, “It Matters to Her” +7
  • Zac Brown Band, “Out in the Middle” +7
  • Morgan Wallen, “Thought You Should Know” +8
  • Carly Pearce, “What He Didn’t Do” +10
  • Sam Hunt, “Water Under the Bridge” BIGGEST JUMP, UP 13 SPOTS!



Top 5 Country Songs of January 2023:

1. Zach Bryan, “Something in the Orange” — A surprise live album and an everyman’s initiative will bring positive attention to country music’s most enigmatic and hottest singer. — STREAMING LEADER!

2. Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown, “Thank God” — Kane Brown’s duet with wife Katelyn Brown has zipped up to the airplay Top 10 to begin January 2023, matching its rankings on sales and streaming charts.

3. Morgan Wallen, “Thought You Should Know” — Morgan Wallen needed a change. This ballad finds him covering new ground with as much (or more) sincerity as his previous hits.

4. Hardy Feat. Lainey Wilson, “Wait in the Truck” — The edgy lyric of this sales leader isn’t putting off streamers or radio programmers. It’s a future No. 1 on this list. — SALES LEADER!

5. Lainey Wilson, “Heart Like a Truck — This is arguably the better of two Lainey Wilson songs at country radio, even if sales and streaming numbers are just behind her duet with Hardy.

Top 40 Country Songs for January 2023:

6. Bailey Zimmerman, “Fall in Love”
7. Jelly Roll, “Son of a Sinner”
8. Carly Pearce, “What He Didn’t Do”
9. Cole Swindell, “She Had Me at Heads Carolina”
10. Bailey Zimmerman, “Rock and a Hard Place”
11. Morgan Wallen, “You Proof” — RADIO AIRPLAY LEADER!
12. Jordan Davis, “What My World Spins Around”
13. Jimmie Allen, “Down Home”
14. Nate Smith, “Whiskey on You”
15. Thomas Rhett Feat. Jordan Davis, “Half of Me”
16. Luke Combs, “Going, Going Gone”
17. Zac Brown Band, “Out in the Middle”
18. Gabby Barrett, “Pick Me Up”
19. Sam Hunt, “Water Under the Bridge”
20. Luke Bryan, “Country On”
21. Walker Hayes, “Y’all Life”
22. Parker McCollum, “Handle on You”
23. Scotty McCreery, “It Matters to Her”
24. Shane Profitt, “How It Oughta Be”
25. Dierks Bentley, “Gold”
26. Corey Kent, “Wild as Her”
27. Cody Johnson, “Human”
28. Jason Aldean, “That’s What Tequila Does”
29. Blake Shelton, “No Body”
30. Megan Moroney, “Tennessee Orange”
31: Jelly Roll, “Need a Favor”
32. Carrie Underwood, “Hate My Heart”
33. Parmalee, “Girl in Mine”
34. Joe Nichols, “Good Day for Living”
35. Keith Urban, “Brown Eyes Baby”
36. Hailey Whitters, “Everything She Ain’t”
37. Dan + Shay, “You”
38. Brantley Gilbert, Blake Shelton, Vince Gill, “Heaven by Then”
39. Matt Stell, “Man Made”
40. Randy Houser, “Note to Self”

More Country Top 40: December 2022November 2022October 2022September 2022August 2022July 2022June 2022May 2022April 2022March 2022February 2022Top 10 Songs of 2022

Top 22 Country Songs of 2022, Ranked

There are plenty of feel-good country jams on this list of the top country songs of 2022, but the No. 1 song is one of the best love songs of the decade. These 22 songs are ranked by critical acclaim, radio and sales success, and importance to the genre.
Seven of the 22 artists made our Top Country Songs list from 2021, as well, but there are no song repeats. If a song made a previous list (or didn’t spend most of its time on the charts in 2022), it’s not eligible. So, before you ask where your favorite song is (i.e. Cody Johnson, “‘Til You Can’t”), be sure the miss isn’t just a technicality.

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