After serving in the US Army for nine years, Craig Morgan kicked off his highly successful career as a country music artist in 2000. Over the past 20 years, Morgan has released seven studio albums and many hit singles. His music ranges from heartwarming, to funny, to lively and lighthearted, and he has a knack for telling stories within his songs. With so many essential tunes, it’s hard to choose just a few to highlight from the veteran musician, but here are the Top 10+ Craig Morgan songs of all time.
- “Almost Home” — from I Love It
Craig Morgan released his self-titled, debut album in 2000, but his career began heating up with the release of his sophomore album, I Love It, in 2003. This album includes “Almost Home,” which he released as a single prior to the album in ’02. In this emotional song, Morgan tells the story of a man who wakes up a homeless stranger in the street and offers to drive him to a shelter. Once awakened, the homeless man reveals to the generous stranger that he was having a dream in which he was running through the fields of his childhood, and he was “almost home.” The chorus of the song paints a beautiful picture of the dream, and the homeless man admits he would have rather stayed asleep so he could live in the dream. The song landed at No. 6 on the country charts, becoming Morgan’s first Top 10 song.
2. “That’s What I Love About Sunday” — from My Kind of Livin’
A few years after “Almost Home,” Morgan released a song that would become one of his most classic tunes, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” In this single, the first from his My Kind of Livin’ album, Morgan sets the scene of a perfect Sunday complete with church, chicken and baked beans, football, and plenty of family time. Penned by Adam Dorsey and Mark Narmore, the tune is packed with nostalgia that would make anyone long for a simple Sunday with family. “That’s What I Love About Sunday” became Morgan’s first and only No. 1 song, spending five weeks atop the charts.
3. “Redneck Yacht Club” — from My Kind of Livin’
Morgan exhibited his ability to tackle emotive tunes with “Almost Home” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” but the artist also released his fair share of feel-good tunes. In 2005, he released “Redneck Yacht Club,” a fun tune about partying on the lake with friends and forming a “Floatin’ trailer park.” These lyrics, combined with the tune’s fiddle, banjo and steel guitar instrumentation, made for a quintessential summer country song. “Redneck Yacht Club” became a classic tune of Morgan’s, and it did well at radio, peaking at No. 2.
4. “Little Bit of Life” — from Little Bit of Life
Morgan followed up his My Kind of Livin’ album with Little Bit of Life in 2006, and he kicked it off by releasing the title track as a single. In this ultra-country tune infused with banjo instrumentation, Morgan lists all the good things about the country life, such as “A little bit of guitar, A little bit of truck, A little bit of hound dog, And a little bit of luck.” He continues singing about aspects of the country lifestyle throughout the song, summing up that all these things are a “Little Bit of Life.” As an upbeat country tune, the song did well, landing at No. 7 on the charts.
5. “Tough” — from Little Bit of Life
In 2007, Morgan returned to the more sentimental side of country music by releasing the moving “Tough” from his Little Bit of Life album. This song written by Joe Leathers and Monty Criswell finds Morgan playing the part of a husband singing about his “Tough,” hardworking wife. He illustrates his wife’s toughness by singing about how she takes care of their children as well as how she battled cancer. Morgan praises the wife in the story in the chorus, singing, “There was a time, back before she was mine, when I thought I was tough.” Although this song didn’t crack the Top 10, it remains one of Morgan’s most memorable.
6. “International Harvester” — from Little Bit of Life
Morgan sent a shout out to farmers in his 2007 song, “International Harvester,” the third single from his Little Bit of Life album. In this song, Morgan sings from the perspective of a farmer who is “hoggin’ up the road” with his tractor and is proud to be a “God fearin,’ hard workin’ combine driver.” The fast-paced tune truly celebrates the farmers of America and doubles as a catchy country song. “International Harvester” landed at No. 10 on the charts.
7. “Bonfire” — from That’s Why
Craig Morgan released another upbeat country song in 2009 with “Bonfire.” In this single, Morgan sings of another fun, redneck-themed night gathered around the bonfire with friends. With strong electric guitars, twangy banjos, and Morgan’s Southern voice, “Bonfire” is a bonafide country song perfect for a wild Friday night. The song was a success with fans and at radio, peaking at No. 4 on the charts.
8. “This Ain’t Nothin’” — from That’s Why
In another touching country single called “This Ain’t Nothin,’’ Morgan tells the story of a town reeling from the damage of a tornado. When a news reporter asks an old man who lost his home how he’s feeling about the damage, he answers with, “This ain’t nothin.’” In the chorus, the man then goes into other losses he’s experienced in his life, such as his father who died in a coal mine, as well as his best friend and brother whom he lost in the Vietnam War. The song is another emotive story told by Morgan, and it landed at No. 13 on the charts.
9. “Wake Up Lovin’ You” — from The Journey (Livin’ Hits)
It’s not often that Craig Morgan releases a heartbreak song, but in 2013, he released the aching “Wake Up Lovin’ You” from his album, The Journey (Livin’ Hits). Written by Josh Osborne along with Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen, “Wake Up Lovin’ You” is a rock-infused song about a man whose attempts to shake a heartbreak keep coming up empty. The song showcases Morgan’s strong voice and wide range, and it landed at No. 14 on the charts.
10. “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” — from God, Family, Country
Craig Morgan experienced great tragedy in 2016 when his son, Jerry, died in a tubing accident at age 19. The singer has been open about the grief he experienced after his son’s death, and it was out of that grief that he wrote “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost.” Morgan debuted the song at the Grand Ole Opry in July 2019, after which Blake Shelton and other celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres promoted the song and helped push it to No. 1 on the iTunes All-Genre chart. In the song, Morgan emotionally sorts through the grief he feels about his son’s passing, but he also concludes that he’s not alone — he’s surrounded by “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost.”