Justin Moore has been a mainstay in country music for over ten years now, consistently releasing hit songs that relate strongly to the country audience. As an Arkansas native, Moore is a natural at singing songs celebrating the country life, but he has also been known to sing about deeper topics of love, loss, relationships, and God. No matter what he’s singing, Moore’s unmistakable southern twang shines through, making his music undeniably country. The singer has released a large collection of hit songs and fan favorites over the years, so it’s hard to choose just a few.
For the purpose of this list, however, here are the Top 10+ Justin Moore songs.
- “Small Town USA” — from Justin Moore
While Moore released two previous singles that became fan favorites, his first big commercial success that introduced him to a larger audience was 2009’s “Small Town USA.” The song, from his self-titled debut album, finds Moore celebrating all the positives of living a simple small-town life. In the chorus, Moore describes that simple life, singing, “Give me a Saturday night, my baby by my side, a little Hank Jr. and a six-pack of light / An old dirt road and I’ll be just fine / Give me a Sunday morning that’s full of grace, a simple life and I’ll be okay here in Small Town USA.” The song certainly resonated with country fans everywhere, hitting the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard and Country Airplay charts and earning Gold status.
2. “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” — from Outlaws Like Me
Moore has a knack for writing and singing rowdy songs celebrating the country life, but the singer is no stranger to more emotional tunes. This was exemplified in Moore’s 2011 single, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” in which he sings about his wish to visit Heaven and see his loved ones just one more time. In the ideal world Moore creates in the song, visiting Heaven would be as simple as packing up the kids, jumping in the car, and taking a day trip. He sings about catching up with his late grandfather and seeing his dog again, but he also mentions the possibility of chatting with late musicians such as Hank Williams and Janis Joplin. While the song is about a sad topic, the feeling of the tune is generally bittersweet and ends on a positive note.
3. “Bait A Hook” — from Outlaws Like Me
For his next single, Moore upped the ante from “Heaven” with the humorous “Bait A Hook.” In the tune, Moore is essentially making fun of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend — a city boy who can’t even bait a hook. This new man also can’t skin a buck, he apparently doesn’t know who Jack Daniels is, and he’s never driven a truck. All of these traits, or lack there of, lead Moore to believe that his girlfriend will come running back to him, a true country boy. The music video switches between Moore singing in his cowboy hat and the new love interest attending a swanky function. The two eventually meet on the lake — Moore in a rundown fishing boat with a cinder block for an anchor and the new man in a fancy fishing boat — and the singer realizes he may have more competition than he thought. While the song just cracked the Top 20 on the charts, it has remained a fan favorite for years, earning Platinum status.
4. “’Til My Last Day” — from Outlaws Like Me
In the first years of his career, Moore released songs showing off his country cred and his emotional vulnerability as it relates to his late loved ones, but in 2012, he released his first real love song to country radio. “’Til My Last Day” finds Moore singing from the perspective of a man who has had some trouble in love in the past, but he promises his current partner that he’s changed and will love her forever. It’s a somewhat upbeat love song, as the lyrics are set to electric guitar instrumentation with drums. The song’s sweet sentiment seems to have swept country fans off their feet, as the song topped the Country Airplay chart and and earned some Gold.
5. “Point At You” — from Off the Beaten Path
In 2013, Moore released a single that combined his rocking songs about the country life and his love songs. In “Point At You,” Moore again sings from the perspective of a true country boy who has a penchant for wild behavior. Regardless of the flaws that often land him in trouble, he does have a good side, which is brought out by his woman. In the chorus, Moore sings, “I’ve got a rough side, a wild side at least a country mile wide / A fightin’ side after a few / If they wanna see my sweet side, my soft side, my best side, I just point at you.” The song gave Moore yet another hit at radio, landing just shy of the No. 1 spot and earning Gold status.
6. “Lettin’ The Night Roll” — from Off the Beaten Path
Moore released “Lettin’ The Night Roll” immediately after “Point At You” in 2013. This tune tells a classic story of young love that involves a couple driving around and going wherever the night takes them. The song epitomizes the feeling of being a reckless young person as Moore sings about “dodging the blue lights.” The music video for “Lettin’ The Night Roll” was unique in that it picked up right where the “Point At You” video left off with Moore and his leading lady running from the cops after some late-night racing. The good-time tune earned Moore his fourth No. 1 at country radio and Platinum status.
7. “You Look Like I Need A Drink” — from Kinda Don’t Care
Two years after “Lettin’ The Night Roll,” Moore released his next radio hit with “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” the lead single from his Kinda Don’t Care album. This song brought back the humorous style of song present in “Bait A Hook.” In the tune, Moore sings about being paid a visit by his love interest, and before she evens says anything, he can tell she’s about to break it off. This is what leads to the hook, “You look like I need a drink.” While the song ends with the future of the relationship still up in the air, there is one definitive fact — somebody better make Moore a drink. The song was a solid debut for his Kinda Don’t Care album, taking the No. 1 spot on the Country Airplay chart.
8. “Somebody Else Will” — from Kinda Don’t Care
In 2016, Moore released “Somebody Else Will,” which was a slight musical evolution for the singer in that it features more of a pop-influenced beat mixed with country guitar elements. The song’s smooth production serves as the backdrop of a story in which Moore sings about sweeping a girl off her feet at a bar before anyone else has the chance. The music video echoed this feeling, showing Moore singing the song in a dark bar as the song’s story unfolds between two strangers. The mid-tempo tune was a hit, taking the No. 1 spot and Gold status.
9. “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” — from Late Nights and Longnecks
Moore kicked off his Late Nights and Longnecks album in 2018 with the lead single, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home.” Moore yet again taps into a more emotional topic with this song, as it is a tribute to American soldiers and other heroes, such as police and firefighters, who have died in the line of duty. In the music video, Moore shows the perspective of these heroes and even extends the notion to teachers, who, in these times, have a dangerous job as well. The song is a fitting tribute to these heroes and became another hit for Moore.
10. “Why We Drink” — from Late Nights and Longnecks
Moore released his latest single, “Why We Drink,” in 2019, and the tune finds the singer returning to form with a country-loving drinking song. In the song, Moore lists off all the good reasons to have a drink — which could be as simple as the fact that it’s Monday or the sun’s up. Moore gives many examples of this in the song, and wraps it all up the in the chorus. “’Cause we’re grown up, ’cause we’re still kids, ’cause we love doin’ things ’cause our daddies did / ‘Cause it’s alcohol abuse if you pour one down the sink / Yeah, that’s why we drink,” he sings. The song has been welcome addition to country radio and is currently racing toward the top of the charts.