A native of South Georgia, Cole Swindell knew that music was his one true passion from a relatively young age. After leaving college in 2007, he moved to Nashville to pursue his dream. After signing a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music, Swindell began co-writing songs for Luke Bryan, Craig Campbell, and Thomas Rhett. Swindell started to make a name for himself outside the writing room; he independently released two singles, “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” with both seeing chart success. The latter became his first to crack the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, and it gave Swindell his first number one hit in early 2014.
10. Break Up in the End (from the Album “All of It” — 2018)
“Break Up in the End” is an easy-to-like, upbeat song about being in love fully aware that things just aren’t going to work out. In an interview with The Boot, Cole was quick to point out that this song is more of a love story.” Every line describes a place he has been at some time. He adds that it’s such lyrics that initially made him fall in love with country music. It’s the first single off Cole’s third studio album, All of It, written by Chase McGill, Jon Nite, and Jessie Jo Dillon.
9. Flatliner featuring Dierks Bentley (from the “You Should Be Here” album — 2016)
Flatliner is pretty straightforward. It’s about a hot girl dancing in a club, and men can’t just keep their eyes off her. Meanwhile, she’s having fun and not giving any of the men the time of day. But this isn’t your average country song — it’s a duet with Dierks Bentley. The song has a rock vibe to it, but it’s still country at its core. The two artists complement each other very well, and it’s easy to see why Cole invited Dierks on the track.
8. Ain’t Worth The Whiskey (from the “Cole Swindell” album — 2014)
This 2014 single might as well be Swindell’s most traditional-flavored track to date. The song found a place in the heart of his devoted fan base, with its videography making an impact of its own, paying tribute to soldiers coming home from wars overseas. He says, “And I’m raising my glass to those saving our ass’s overseas” in the song’s chorus. It’s a soldier’s ode.
7. Hope You Get Lonely Tonight (from the “Cole Swindell” album — 2014)
When you first listen to this song, it’s a pretty slow country ballad — but as the lyrics progress, you’ll begin to hear why this is Cole’s most popular song to date. Cole takes a novel approach by wishing loneliness on his significant other that night. He says, “If you’re feelin’ what I’m feelin’ let’s mix it up, You got my number, baby hit me up” in the song’s chorus. It’s a clever take on asking someone to invite you over.
6. Let Me See Ya Girl (from the “Cole Swindell” album — 2014)
Cole Swindell has been making music for a while now, and it’s always exciting to see what kind of success he will have. “Let Me See Ya Girl” is an infectious song that makes you want to get up out of your seat, dance around, or even sing along. It’s a fun song and something you can listen to over and over again. Cole makes it clear that he gets what he wants in this song (including the person he wants), and you get a sense that there is nothing to stop him from getting it.
5. Does It Hurt (from the “ Down Home Sessions III” EP– 2016)
It’s not hard to see why Cole wanted to share this song with his fans. It shows off his powerful, signature vocals in a way that only he can do. On paper, the song could easily pass as a bro-country sound, but Cole manages to bring something entirely different to the table. The lyrics are solid and relatable, while the song itself is upbeat and fun. It’s an emotional song, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
4. The Ones Who Got Me Here (from the “All of It” Album– 2018)
The song makes me think of all the memories that I have taken for granted. The lyrics are really insightful and make you appreciate life, especially when they say, “All the faces in the bleachers, Never gave up on me teachers, Yeah this one’s for the ones who got me here.” The song has a simple melody, and it’s good to hear Cole sing over an acoustic track again.
3. All Of It (from the “All of It” album– 2018)
Cole Swindell is known for bringing a little bit of country and a little bit of rock to his songs, and “All Of It” is no different. The song starts off with an acoustic guitar before kicking into high gear halfway through the track. The lyrics are deep and empowering, while Cole’s voice is strong and confident. It feels like a big anthem that captures a person’s mindset if they feel defeated or unworthy of love.
2. Middle Of A Memory (from the “You Should Be Here” album– 2016)
This song sounds like a song you would expect to hear on country radio in the 1950s or 1960s – and that’s a good thing! It has an upbeat melody and cheerful lyrics, but it also has slight sadness to it. It’s an emotional, country ballad written by Swindell with the help of his good friend and frequent collaborator Ashley Gorley. The singer appears to lament about a girl who left the dance floor too soon before they had the chance to create something special.
1. Chillin’ (from the “Cole Swindell” album– 2014)
This is the song that brought Cole Swindell to the limelight. It is on top of the list of all his songs. The lyrics are relatable and fun, while the melody is instantly catchy. Cole released the song independently. The song would peak at number #1 on the Billboard chart, prompting Warner Bros to sign him up. It is a must-listen for all country fans.