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It’s a Two Song Race for Song of the Year So Far

I’ve waited quite a while for two songs to come along and grab my attention. I remember clearly listening over and over to Miranda Lambert’s ‘The House That Built Me.’ It won just about every award it could have. Rightfully so.

You might say it’s been a while since one song, let alone two songs have caught my attention and ear. One of them is from Miranda. Again. She has a great song out. Automatic. It’s a song you can just about run a magic marker along with, checking off the things you’ve done, saw or imagined while the song plays. It’s really that good. It’s as good the 1000th time you listen to it as the first.

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The second song that has crushed me this year, is Dirt.

Dirt is the latest release from Florida Georgia Line. The lyric comes across as simplistic at first. Then it plows a furrow. It says, I want her, I want to live here with her and I want her to the end.

One of the neat things is how the two songs are related. Automatic was written by Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby. Talented songwriters for sure. And here’s how close the Nashville songwriting scene is tied together. Galyon is married to the co-writer of ‘Dirt.’ Rodney Clawson’s wife is Nicolle Galyon.  Quite a bit of talent hanging out in that household.

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Those are the two songs that have my undivided question for song of the year thus far. How about you?  Agree?  Have a different favorite?  I’d love to hear from you. E-mail me at

(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)


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