These Country Songs Are Sure To Bring A Smile To Your Face

Life can seem overwhelming at times, from working long hours to managing ups-and-downs in relationships to fielding all the contention in the news. Take a break from the headlines and find a little peace in these country songs about hope, joy, and perseverance from these ACM-nominated artists. Stream the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on-demand.

Tune in, tune out, and get happy.

Tune in, tune out, and get happy.

Life can sure seem overwhelming at times, so take a break from the headlines and find a little peace in these songs about hope, joy, and perseverance, courtesy of 14 inspiring artists nominated for a 52nd ACM Award.

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"Dirty Laundry" by Carrie Underwood

It's been nearly 12 years since Carrie Underwood released her debut album, Some Hearts, and she's been packing arenas ever since.

Lately, the country megastar has empowered millions of people with "Dirty Laundry," which encourages listeners to stick up for themselves and to never let anyone besides yourself define your worth.

"Humble And Kind" by Tim McGraw

For decades, Tim McGraw has been a household name, thanks to countless hits, like "My Best Friend," "I Like It, I Love It," and "Just To See You Smile." 

In January 2016, McGraw released "Humble And Kind," which couldn't have dropped at a better time because, amidst all the drama that ensued around the presidential election, the song's message encouraged people to treat each other compassionately and fairly, no matter where they're from or who they are. 

"We Should Be Friends" by Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert is no stranger to heartbreak, but, throughout the hardships, she manages to find strength in song.

On her latest album, The Weight Of These Wings, there's feel-good tune called "We Should Be Friends," in which she acknowledges that we don't all have to know one another to find common ground. 

"Any Ol' Barstool" by Jason Aldean

Have you ever felt like someone wanted you to fail? Jason Aldean has, too. 

At least, that's what we can gather from his song "Any Ol' Barstool," which might center around heartbreak but acts as a great reminder that the only person who can make you feel small is you.

So, cut yourself some slack because you deserve to live life on your own terms.

"Traveller" by Chris Stapleton

This bearded cowboy has been around the world, and he lived to sing about it.

In his breakthrough song "Traveller," Chris Stapleton croons about keeping an open mind as you explore life, whether you're lost or have your compass pointed in a particular direction, enjoy the journey.

"I Could Use A Love Song" by Maren Morris

It's easy to become jaded when you're stuck in a rut, whether you're sick of the rat race or a particular relationship. 

All hope is not lost. 

In Maren Morris' "I Could Use A Love Song," which is off her breakout album HERO, the Mercedes-driving country star wishes for simpler times, when a love song could fill her heart with joy.

Little did she know, her song is just the track we needed!

"Fly" by Maddie & Tae

In 2014, best friends Maddie & Tae broke into the country scene with their song "Girl In A Country Song."

In the years since, they've only attracted more and more fans, thanks to tracks like "Fly," which is a motivational anthem about chasing your dreams and planning for the future, despite how disheartening the present may seem.

"John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" by Keith Urban

Keith Urban is beloved for his positive outlook and down-to-Earth demeanor, which shines through all his work, including "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," in which he sings that everything he's learned comes from a combination of good ol' rock 'n' roll, his country roots, and a deep-seated faith. 

"From The Ground Up" by Dan + Shay

Though this Dan + Shay song might not feature an upbeat melody, "From The Ground Up" is an undeniably sweet ballad and serves as a reminder that, despite all of life's hardships, there are an infinite number of reasons to be grateful.

"Dirt On My Boots" by Jon Pardi

Jon Pardi, winner of New Male Vocalist Of The Year presented by T-Mobile at the 52nd ACM Awards, is all about working hard and playing harder.

Perhaps that's why Pardi, who says he's not afraid to get a little "Dirt On My Boots," is relatable to the industrious folks who keep the U.S.A. well-oiled and running! 

"May We All" by Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line's moving single "May We All" is a testament to what makes this country great—namely, that no matter who you are, you deserve a life filled with simple pleasures and happiness. 

"Kill A Word" by Eric Church

Despite the schoolyard adage, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me," language can pack a serious punch at any age, which is a sentiment North Carolina native Eric Church sums up well in his song "Kill A Word." 

If you've ever wished you could erase hatred and negativity from the world, you'll find comfort in Church's uplifting tune.

"Road Less Traveled" by Lauren Alaina

Though she's new to the country scene, Lauren Alaina has already made a big mark on fans with her hit "Road Less Traveled," which covers everything from body positivity to following one's dreams.  

If you're in need of a self-esteem pick-me-up, this Georgia peach has you covered. 

"Happy People" by Little Big Town

Aside from Little Big Town's latest hit "Happy People," the quartet has produced a number of inspirational anthems, including "Beat Up Bible," "Self Made," and "Life Rolls On." 

So, if life's what you make of it, follow the band's advice and make it a good one!

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