In 2018, despite country radio’s continued snub of many female artists, their varied voices continued to soar, finding favor through award shows (especially the 2019 Grammy nominations) and on the road.

No other song reigned as supreme as Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha’s genre-crossing “Meant To Be,” which held down the top spot on Country Songs for a record-setting 50 weeks, but others left just as strong a mark on listeners -- including entries from two former American Idol winners who hit emotional bull’s eyes this year. Love songs -- falling in and out -- dominated the charts as usual, but several artists also sought to provide words of solace in troubled times, or at least let listeners know they were not alone when it came to wrestling their demons.

Here are the Billboard staff and contributors’ 20 favorite country songs of the year. 

20. Pistol Annies, "Got My Name Changed Back"