How nuts would it be to put out your very first single, and watch it be a massive hit?  Well, it happens.  Someone ranked the 25 best country DEBUT singles of all time.  Here’s the top ten . . .

1.  “Austin” by Blake Shelton.  It was the most-played song on country stations for five weeks when it came out in 2001.

2.  “Tim McGraw” by Taylor Swift.  She was 16 when she released it in 2006.

3.  “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line.  It broke a record in 2012 with 24 weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

4.  “Brand New Man” by Brooks & Dunn.  It was their first #1 hit of many, way back in 1991.

5.  “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus.  Also 1991.  It was a big year for new artists.

6.  “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes.  Her version came out in 1996, when she was 13.

7.  “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” by Toby Keith.  It was his first single and first #1 hit in 1993.

8.  “She’s in Love with the Boy” by Trisha Yearwood.  Another one from 1991.

9.  “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band.  It’s the most recent song to make the top ten.  It came out in 2008.

10.  “Who Needs Pictures” by Brad Paisley.  It was his first single in 1999.

Here’s the rest of the top 25:  “My Church” by Maren Morris . . . “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” by Garth Brooks . . . Luke Bryan’s “All My Friends Say”. . . “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson . . .

“Me and Charlie Talking” by Miranda Lambert . . . Johnny Cash’s “Cry! Cry! Cry!” . . . “Wild One” by Faith Hill . . . George Strait’s “Unwound” . . . “Every Little Thing” by Carly Pearce . . . “Prayin’ for Daylight” by Rascal Flatts . . .

“What Was I Thinkin’” by Dierks Bentley . . .“Meet in the Middle” by Diamond Rio . . . Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” . . . “Girl in a Country Song” by Maddie & Tae . . . and “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson.

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