Thomas Rhett’s ‘What’s Your Country Song’ Is Loaded With References to Past Hits, See Them All

by Matthew Wilson

Thomas Rhett’s new single “What’s Your Country Song” celebrates country music’s storied history. The song is loaded with references to other country singers both past and present.

From Alan Jackson to Hank Williams to Alabama, Rhett references several famous artists and their most popular hits. He includes song titles as lyrics in the song. See if you recognize some of these iconic country hits.

Country Singer Hank Williams Jr. Releases ‘Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound’ in 1979

Hank Williams Jr. wrote and also recorded the song in 1979. When it debuted, the song landed no. 2 on the country charts. The song was also the first single of the country artists’ 13th studio album, titled the same name. Williams became inspired to write the song while hanging out while the Allman Brothers in Nashville.

Alan Jackson Sang ‘Drive (for Daddy Gene)’ in 2002

Alan Jackson’s song released back in 2002 as the second single on his tenth studio album Drive. The country artist also dedicated the song to his own father, who passed away in 2000. The song explores the relationship between a young son and his father through the years. The song won the CMA Best Music Video of the Year Award.

Merle Haggard Wrote the Country Song ‘Mama Tried’ From Past Experiences

Upon its release in 1968, the song became one of Haggard’s most iconic and endearing pieces of work. The song is autobiographical in nature and focuses on Haggard’s incarceration in San Quentin. The artist spent two years in prison and also gave his mother heartbreak. For his work, Haggard won a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.

Alabama Released ‘Dixieland Delight’ in 1983

Alabama released the song in 1983 as the lead-off single for their album The Closer You Get. Songwriter Ronnie Rogers developed the idea for the song while driving down a highway. The song is a ballad of someone going through the workweek, imagining having fun with his lover during the weekend. For a number of years, the song became something of a fight song for the University of Alabama football team.

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