Chris Young has been scoring consistent number-one songs in country music since he won the Nashville Star in 2006. To date, his song chart-topping success is at eleven.

Young recently praised fellow Tennessean and country star Jelly Roll. He said of his friend’s success, “I’m just not even going to talk about me because, at this point, I just want to talk about him. And how welcoming and awesome and polite and nice that guy is. And you know, he’s just having such a cool run right now.”

He added, “I remember talking about this music he’s putting out like, I think, well over a year ago. And it’s just amazing to see him having the moment he’s having. ”

In the same interview, Chris cited a hero of his. He said, “A female artist that has definitely influenced me from the perspective of the stage show, vocalist, performance, and just how much she has accomplished in her career that I look up to is Reba McEntire. If you make a Mount Rushmore of country music, I have a whole lot of reasons why she should be on there.”

He added, “And she’s just a fantastic person and a fantastic artist. Another woman in the music industry that has really had a profound impact on me, especially from a songwriting perspective, is Liz Rose (frequent Taylor Swift collaborator). I got a chance to meet her really early on in my career, and obviously, she’s had so many hits, so many hits. But just being in a room with her, being able to learn from her, I feel incredibly lucky to have that opportunity, and to have someone that’s that adept at songwriting help me learn and help guide me as a songwriter and an artist.”

As Chris celebrates his 38th birthday today (6/12) with his latest radio single, “Looking For You,” entering the Top twenty on the country charts, we countdown what we believe are his finest songs.

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