Staff Picks: Most Romantic Country Songs

Kenny, Brad, Lee, Blake and Dixie Chicks Make Us Swoon

“Austin”Blake Shelton
Technically, “Austin” is a love-gone-wrong song. But for me, you need something to go wrong before you can make it right. And that’s where the romance comes in. She leaves for Austin, and he tries to get on with his life. He’s selling cars, bowling, going to ball games and heading out to the lake. But he is always — according to his outgoing voicemail message — willing to drop everything if she’s the one calling. “P.S., if this is Austin, I still love you,” Shelton sings in his debut single from 2001. Which makes her wonder, what kind of man would hang on that long and what kind of love that must be? By the end of the song, she actually picks up her phone and tells him, “This is Austin, and I still love you.” And I think we all know what probably happens next. – Alison Bonaguro

“How Could I Want More”Jamie Lynn Spears
The picture Jamie Lynn Spears paints in “How Could I Want More” is one I wish I could hang on my wall. Maybe my idea of romance is abnormal, but the realness of the song is what makes me love it so much. Sure there are some low points, and the song may not portray the perfect relationship, but it’s emotional and raw. If you came to the realization you have all you need and want, would you want more? To me, it sounds like you found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and what’s more romantic than that? – Kelsey Wright
“I Don’t Dance”Lee Brice
I’ve loved everything about this song since the first time I heard it, and the video is icing on the (wedding) cake. From the lyrics, to the beat, to shots of the Ryman Auditorium and Brice’s beautiful wedding footage — everything is just perfect. My favorite line is “It ain’t my style, but I don’t care/I’d do anything with you anywhere.” That’s the definition of love. You have to be able to be selfless from time to time, but it’s worth it and you know it. – Stephanie Pendergrass
“Perfect Storm”Brad Paisley
Paisley’s songs often go a little deeper than surface level (which sometimes lands him in hot water). As a guy, I like “Perfect Storm” because he celebrates the woman he loves as a whole person. There are tons of romantic songs about the moments in life when things are just right, but when he describes the love of his life as “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane,” that’s reality. She deserves to know that it won’t scare you off. – Chris Parton
“Anything but Mine”Kenny Chesney
This song came out in 2005 when models in music videos had chemistry and Kenny Chesney wore puka shells around his neck. Lyrics like “There’s a warm wind coming in off of the ocean” and “I can feel the sting of summer on my skin” make the scene so vivid and poetic to me. And although Scooter Carusoe penned the hit, there’s a longing in Chesney’s voice that makes me believe he’s been there, too. Who hasn’t had that magical summer you wished would never end, with that person you’ll never forget? – Naomi Parton
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