It’s June, so we are about halfway to 2018. That means if we project it out, around half the songs that will be released this year have been. Time to share our picks for our Favorite Texas & Red Dirt Singles of ’17… So Far.

Did a song that was released in 2016 make our list? Sure. Is more than one not technically a single? You bet. Is there a song that doesn’t actually come out ’till July? Absolutely.

But after careful deliberation we settled on our criteria for our list. We decided it shall be comprised of songs or singles that have been played, at least once, on Radio Texas, LIVE! since December of ’16. And while we tried to focus on actual radio singles, there is an exception or two.

Furthermore, chart position had little (absolutely nothing) to do with our list — and a couple of the songs that made our list actually never even made it into our regular rotation. Why? Well, as much as we love to do it, we just don’t have the room to break every awesome new song and artist. We have a mere five hours each week. Five hours to play songs by artists that y'all more easily recognize, to keep y'all tuning in. All the while playing artists that are terribly underplayed on radio already.

Let’s be honest. Texas and Red Dirt's most popular acts -- Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Johnson, Josh Abbott Band, Randy Rogers Band, Aaron Watson -- are still so neglected by radio it’s a crime. Concessions must be made.

So here they are, in an order that is more aesthetically pleasing than anything else. That is to say, they’re all great songs.

17. Koe Wetzel "February 28, 2017"

16. Zane Williams "Hello World"

15. Mike and the Moonpies "Don't it Make You Wanna Dance"

14. Red Shahan "Long Way to Fall"

13. Dalton Domino "Corners"

13. Flatland Cavalry "Life Where We Work Out"

12. Aaron Watson "Outta Style"

11. Kyle Park "Don't Forget Where You Came From"

10. Kaitlin Butts "Don't Push It"

9. Whiskey Myers "Stone"

8. Jon Wolfe "Baby This and Baby That"

7. American Aquarium "Northeast Texas Women"

6. Cody Jinks "Wish You Were Here"

5. Sunny Sweeney "Better Bad Idea"

4. Randall King "Another Bullet"

3. Sam Riggs "Second Hand Smoke"

2. Cody Johnson "Wild As You"

1. Shane Smith & The Saints "Runaway Train"

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