DOWNLOAD: “Aw Naw”
Young partnered with songwriters Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley to pen this tune about a party that’s just too good to leave. “It’s one of those moments where you’re like, ‘I’m just going to have one,’ and then a bunch of your friends show up, and you’re like, ‘I’ll stay a little longer.’ Then you spot a table full of hot women, and you’re like, ‘I’ll stay for a little while longer.’ And then it’s really early in the morning, and you’ve been there all night long!” says the singer of the first single off his fourth studio album, A.M.
DOWNLOAD: “The Heart of Dixie”
The 17-year-old Bradbery—the reigning (and youngest ever!) winner of The Voice—sings about a woman named Dixie who “is young and has had a rough time, but she grows up and has hope in herself,” says Bradbery, whose debut album is due in November.
“The song is New Orleansy,” says Wariner, a four-time Grammy winner and guitarist whose latest album, It Ain’t All Bad, marks his first vocal project in more than eight years. “It’s about a girl that drives this guy crazy. It’s silly and totally fun and all about the groove.”
DOWNLOAD: “Could It Be”
The Mississippi native released his first album, Rubberband, this summer and chose this tune to mark his arrival. “It’s the introduction—the foot in the door—of my sound,” says Worsham, who calls his lead-off single “a hopeful story of two friends who have crossed the line into a relationship. They wake up and realize that there might be more than just friendship involved,” he says. “There could be love.”
DOWNLOAD: “I Feel a Sin Comin’ On”
Bandmates Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley set out to write a song with an “old-school, bluesy theme,” says Monroe. But the finger-snapping was improvised “because none of us knew those chords on guitar!” Still, says Presley: “It turned out cool.”
THE BAND PERRY
DOWNLOAD: “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
Siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil show off their vulnerable side—and give fans a peek at what life feels like on tour—on the latest single off their sophomore album, Pioneer. “This song hits home hard in our hearts. It’s 24 hours in the life of the Band Perry,” says Kimberly. “On the road it’s private and quiet and extremely lonely at times, but it all leads up to this really amazing moment where we get to spend a couple hours with thousands of our friends.” The heartfelt tune ends on a similar high note, says Kimberly. “We intertwine vocally; I live for the last 15 seconds of the song.”
DOWNLOAD: “You Hear a Song”
Pope—who won season 3 of The Voice—cowrote this tune about shaking off insecurities with the help of close friends. “Sometimes we see ourselves in the worst light, but it’s a skewed vision,” says the singer, whose first country album hits stores Oct. 8. “It’s nice to have people in our lives to lift us back up.”