20 Year Old Country Songs

Country Songs That are Turning 20 in 2023

Are you ready to take a trip down memory lane and relive some of the greatest country music hits of the early 2000s? It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since these classics were first released, but their timeless appeal continues to captivate audiences to this day. Get ready to turn up the volume and sing along to these unforgettable tracks as we celebrate their milestone:

“This One’s For The Girls” – Martina McBride

“This One’s for the Girls” by Martina McBride quickly became an anthem for young women. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song, written by Chris Lindsey, Hillary Lindsey and Aimee Mayo, included background vocals by Mcbrides daughters, Delaney and Emma, along with fellow country singers Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Faith Hill and co-writers Hillary Lindsey and Aimee Mayo.

“What Was I Thinkin'” – Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley earned his first number one song on the country chart with “What Was I Thinkin’.” The song was from his first self-titled studio album. The country classic was written by Bentley, Deric Ruttan, and Brett Beavers.

“It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” – Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett

“It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” was released as the lead single from Alan Jackson‘s compilation album Greatest Hits Volume II. It ended up landing on top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, where it remained No. 1 for eight non-consecutive weeks.

The song crossed over to the pop charts peaking at No. 17 on Billboard Hot 100 – making it Jackson’s biggest pop hit while Buffett’s first since the 1970s. The song received the CMA Vocal Event of the Year Award that same year.

“Red Dirt Road” – Brooks & Dunn

This song was a rare writing collaboration by the duo Brooks & Dunn themselves. The song, which was a track on their eighth studio album that shared the same name, was inspired by their childhood, growing up in their two hometowns of Shreveport, Louisiana and El Dorado, Arkansas which had similar values and culture. The song was nominated for various awards, including a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

“19 Somethin'” – Mark Wills

Talk about nostalgia! The song that is reminiscent of the 1970’s and 1980’s and full of pop culture references is now 20 years old. Written by David Lee and Chris DuBois, “19 Somethin'” spent six weeks at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart in 2003.