Few conversations about authentic country music are had without mention of Luke Combs.
The singer-songwriter has a signature rasp and deep tenor that, when paired together, give country music fans that grit they’ve grown to love.
While Combs' voice has a signature, unmistakable sound, his discography boasts a roller coaster ride of breakups, makeups, falling in love, and partying in between. When you hear that voice you will know it’s Luke, but you’ll never know what’s coming.
Combs has hits that weave between thoughtful and fun but that are always layered and catchy. Calling to mind everyday imagery or listing off familiar scenes before tying them all together is a songwriting speciality of Combs, as shown in hits like ‘Forever After All’ and ‘Beer Never Broke My Heart’.
Combs’ signature style has been used to build a discography that can already be described as no less than legendary. We take a dive through to pick out his premium songs so far.
On Combs’ latest single, he asks what his life would look like if he weren’t the country superstar we know him as today.
The answer, unsurprisingly, is that it wouldn’t look much different. The stages and paychecks may be a little smaller, but the music would be just as good, and the drinks just as strong.
Even a cursory listen to Combs’ discography is proof that he was made for music, and on our playlists is exactly where he’s meant to be.
'Honky Tonk Highway' finds Combs “living that neon dream” as he hits the road and stops only for the party.
The song is a behind the scenes look at what touring is like; from the stage right through to the good time that awaits afterwards.
Combs covers all his bases - even giving a shout out to his woman back home - before finishing it off with a killer guitar solo.
Going back to an ex is a theme that Combs seems to always come back to.
Here, he’s falling right back into old routines; finding himself yet again somewhere he swore he wouldn't return to.
It could be considered redundant, except for the fact that each time he goes back to an ex - at least for the purpose of a song - it sounds so different and so good.
Many of Combs break up anthems are about coping and moving on, but on 'She Got The Best Of Me', he sits in the hurt a little bit, explaining what it’s like being in the midst of the pain.
“Every night a different town, she follows me around. So you get what’s left of me, cause got the best of me,” Combs sings of being haunted by a love that didn’t quite work out, as he tries to go on about his life.
Here, Combs gives fans the vocal power on a moody tune - perfect for those nights where bad decisions seem like a good idea.
Reminding listeners that all it takes is one phone call to throw themselves back into the chaos of a messy relationship, Combs blames it on the whiskey and the weather, but the bottom line is that he’s once again heading back to an old flame.
Combs proves he can put together a stunning ballad as good as an upbeat hit with 'Better Together'.
The stripped-down love song gets the tears flowing as Combs pours his heart out. He proves he’s ready to take his love all the way to the altar as he sings “if I’m being honest, your first and my last name would just sound better together”.
An in-love Luke is a favorite version of the singer for many a fan.
'Nothing Like You' proves his songwriting prowess is not reserved only for break-ups and heartache, as he describes what it’s like loving someone from far away while he's out in the world chasing his dreams.
Behind all the honky-tonk hits and beer anthems there is a softer side to Combs, something that shines through on this wedding favourite.
Though not quite slow enough to be a ballad, the song is steeped in the kind of love only found with a soul mate. Even the lonely will find themselves singing along to this one.
When the big wins (like winning back an ex) prove to be elusive, maybe it’s time to take stock of the smaller ones.
Combs masters this act of optimism on this break-up tune, which is more of a catchy anthem than a brooding three minutes of sadness.
Noting that a futon that smells like a bachelor pad is better than one that smells like perfume, Combs reminds listeners that “Every Little Bit Helps”.
It’s always a good idea to have friends that can be counted on during rough times. Problem is, it’s hard to know when those that can usually be turned to will end up letting you down.
Combs seems to have cracked the code to this dilemma - noting that while fish may break the line and pretty girls tend to turn away, “a long neck ice-cold beer never broke my heart”.
If there were ever a roadmap to how men survive breakups - 'Cold As You' is it.
Though he starts out the song heading home from a hard day’s work, he quickly finds his way to the best place to nurse a broken heart - on an old barstool with a cold beer.
'When It Rains It Pours' puts a twist on the age-old cliche about Murphy’s law, having not one thing go wrong - but everything.
It starts out on a bit of a sour note, with Combs losing his lover, but things quickly take a turn for the better as he scores the phone number of a waitress and wins enough on a scratch-off ticket for a case of beer.
The best part? That pesky ex future mother-in-law is a thing of the past.
'Moon over Mexico' proves that Combs can make a memory sound like magic.
The 2019 hit finds Combs regaling us with his recollection of a vacation fling that he wishes would have developed into something more, or at least lasted a little longer.
'Lovin On You' is a hit that is so clearly a timeless classic even without the time gone by to prove it.
The boot-stompin' honky-tonk tune sounds like something straight out of a Brooks and Dunn album, reminding listeners of all there is to love about country music.
It sure is hard to keep still with this one blarin' from the jukebox.
'Hurricane' is an ode to bad decisions that - not like the weather - could have easily been avoided.
Though Combs may not have been able to stop his storm of an ex from coming into that bar, skipping the whiskey on ice and heading to another bar was always an option.
It's bad news for Luke but it's good news for us - we’ve all been there and now we’ve got a soundtrack for the exact moment we let that ex back into our lives when we know we shouldn’t.
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