Played back-to-back, the best country songs of 2018 offer evidence that the definition of country music has never been more loosely interpreted. Pop-country, alt-country, country-rock, folk-country ... you'll find all of these sub-genres on our annual list of the best in country music.

This year's version of Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" started 2018 at the No. 1 spot, and whether you enjoy "Meant to Be" or not, there's no denying the force it has become — Florida Georgia Line have themselves their second-most successful hit of all time! Find them again with "Simple" and on a collaboration with one of the year's best newcomers, Taste of Country RISER Morgan Wallen.

Not every song on this list of the best songs from 2018 was a "hit" per se, but really what is a hit nowadays? "Space Cowboy" by Kacey Musgraves didn't crack many radio playlists, but can you leave out one of the best songs from one of the year's best albums? Nope. The same can be said for our No. 4 song, as well as No. 9. Popular songs from Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brett Young and Eric Church also made their way onto this definitive list.

The Taste of Country Top Country Songs of 2018 list is determined using sales and radio airplay data, reader feedback and staff opinion. Any song that spent the majority of its chart life in 2018 is eligible.

18 Best Country Songs of 2018: