Several artists with songs on this Top Country Songs of 2022 list can be counted on for entries year after year, but there's new blood and at least one artist that nobody saw coming when the year in country music began.

Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Walker Hayes and Kane Brown are a few of the stars with top songs on last year's list who also make this new Top 22. Meanwhile, Cole Swindell, Ernest and Scotty McCreery prove themselves worthy for the first time — or at least the first time in several years.

To qualify, a song must have spent most of its total time on the Billboard country chart in 2022. A song also can't have made a previous year-end Top Country Songs list, which means Cody Johnson's "'Til You Can't" isn't eligible because it hit No. 3 last year.

Did your favorite song make this list? Do you agree with our choice for the No. 1 country song?

Sales data, chart position, streaming numbers, fan response and staff opinion helped shape the Top 22 Country Songs of 2022 list that follows. Each description includes a link to listen to the song. Find a song or artist you're not familiar with and enjoy some of the best country music of the year!

Top 22 Country Songs of 2022, Ranked

There are plenty of feel-good country jams on this list of the top country songs of 2022, but the No. 1 song is one of the best love songs of the decade. These 22 songs are ranked by critical acclaim, radio and sales success, and importance to the genre.

Seven of the 22 artists made our Top Country Songs list from 2021, as well, but there are no song repeats. If a song made a previous list (or didn't spend most of its time on the charts in 2022), it's not eligible. So, before you ask where your favorite song is (i.e. Cody Johnson, "'Til You Can't"), be sure the miss isn't just a technicality.

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