Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of the UK Country Top 40 Chart. It’s a chronicle of the biggest acts in the indigenous country scene, with an objective and subjective feel: objective because some acts have albums out, radio play and huge fanbases; subjective because I like some songs more than others which push the act up the countdown.
I have spotlighted their most recent single release and all 40 are in the UK Country Top 40 Chart playlist on Spotify which you can find via Twitter.com/countrywol and Facebook.com/acountrywayoflife.
It is excellent that it’s easy to fill a Top 40 but I must pass over some acts who this season are outside the countdown. Katy H urt brought out her Unfinished Business EP back in 2019 and we await new music from her. She’s more of a touring musician who will restart her career when the world restarts. Jess Thristan’s recent cover of This Year’s Love was part of an EP of songs with Christian Reindl.
There’s Hannah Paris, who just misses out on a meet-cute tune The Sun Will Come, Kelsey Bovey with her song I Found Me, Charlotte Young and Georgia Nevada who are On The Loose and Harleymoon Kemp who is L-U-C-K-Y. Joey Clarkson is angry at a Cheating Man, and Foreign Affairs want to see us One of These Days. Any other season these tracks would make the 40 but they are all just outside. Ditto Lisa Wright’s return to the music scene with a cover of Anyone by Justin Bieber.
All of those tracks are bubbling under the Top 40 and, after much reorganisation, I now have the Spring 2021 edition of the UK Country Top 40. Into the 40 we go!
40 Laura Evans – Mess of Me
39 The Wandering Hearts – Over Your Body
38 Anna Krantz – Unacceptable
37 Kevin McGuire – Seeing Things
36 Una Healy – Swear It All Again
35 Shannon Hynes – Standing Me Up
34 Hannah White and the Nordic Connection – Pay Me a Compliment
33 The Rising – Ain’t Nobody Got Me Here but Me
32 Emma & Jolie – Cry For You
31 Two Ways Home – Broken Hearts Club
30 Holloway Road – About Town
29 Morganway – My Love Ain’t Gonna Save You
28 Joe Martin – Doesn’t Rain in LA
27 Jeorgia Rose – I Will Still Remember
26 Deeanne Dexeter – 4am
25 Jade Helliwell – Telephone
24 Jake Morrell – Leave the Radio On
23 Elles Bailey – Love is Gonna Win
22 O&O – Dancing on the Floor (Reimagined)
21 Laura Oakes – Better in Blue Jeans (Acoustic)
20 Adele & Andy – Misty Eyes
19 Emma Moore – Husbands or Kids
18 Lauren Housley – What’s Troubling You Child?
17 The Adelaides – Seven Billion
16 Lucy Blu – All This Time
15 Tim Prottey-Jones – Good Life
14 Backwoods Creek – Morphine
13 Robbie Cavanagh – Feeding Time
12 Demi Marriner – Because Of Her
11 Essex County – So Good
10 Twinnie – Type of Girl
9 Kezia Gill – Wings
8 Gary Quinn – Complicated
7 Ferris & Sylvester – I Should Be on a Train
6 Yola – I Don’t Wanna Lie
5 Robert Vincent – This Town
4 Ward Thomas – Don’t Be A Stranger
3 The Shires – Lightning Strikes
2 Kerri Watt – Band of Gold
1 Megan O’Neill – Ireland
Listen to the Top 40 in full here.
Hear an audio version of this chart as part of Country Jukebox Jury.