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The Best Post Malone Country Songs

February 9, 2024 3:17 pm GMT
Last Edited May 13, 2024 12:30 pm GMT

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It's official, y'all - Post Malone has gone country.

The Diamond-certified, genre-blending Hip Hop titan has now dropped the lead single from his hotly anticipated debut country album, the Morgan Wallen-assisted ‘I Had Some Help’.

As that blockbuster, infectious anthem continues to surge up the charts, smash streaming records and cement itself as one of the biggest songs of the year, we've taken a look through Post Malone's stellar catalogue to rank some of his best country-leaning covers and hits so far, to see how ‘I Had Some Help’ measures up to the rest.

Although Post Malone's foray into the genre arrived out of left-field for many, those that have been following the ‘Chemical’ hitmaker's career since the early days know he's always had a penchant for some steel guitar and a classic Hank Williams Jr. riff.

He even shared on Twitter (now X) back in 2015, “When I turn 30 I'm becoming a country/folk singer“ - a prophecy he's fulfilling a couple of years early, as the 28-year-old readies more momentous 2024 country collaborations in the vein of ‘I Had Some Help’.

While we eagerly wait for those to drop, we've revisited some of Post Malone's finest country offerings to date, to help use gauge what we can expect from the album.

Will he stick to the pop-infused, uptempo feel of ‘I Had Some Help’, will he venture off the beaten track with a Sturgill Simpson-inspired brand of outlaw country, or will Post Malone surprise us all with a collection of bluegrass jams in the mould of Billy Strings?

As this list will hopefully underline, whichever sound Posty goes for, we're sure it'll be nothing short of incredible.

Here are The 15 Best Post Malone Country Songs according to Holler:


Blue Suede Shoes (Elvis Presley cover, with Blake Shelton)

The pre-performance banter between Blake Shelton and Post Malone during this 2019 Elvis tribute is comedy gold, with Blake looking confusedly across at Posty and asking what he should call him. However, this joint cover of Elvis’ iconic track, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, feels somewhat off-the-cuff and a tad messy, even though the two artists bring a beguiling chemistry and levity to the stage. Additionally, Posty showcases the guttural vocal style that he utilises for his 2023 HIXTAPE anthem, ‘Pick-Up Man’, something we don't see as frequently on his rap material.


Thousand Miles From Nowhere (Dwight Yoakam cover, with Dwight Yoakam)

There's always an endearing sense of mutual satisfaction when a younger artist performs a country classic alongside the legend that made it famous, and this radiates throughout Post Malone and Dwight Yoakam's take on Yoakam's 1993 track, ‘Thousand Miles From Nowhere’.

The glee Post Malone feels at getting to deliver this beloved song alongside one of his heroes is mirrored by Yoakam's excitement at seeing how much the moment means to Posty.

Musically, it again comes across as a tad chaotic and discordant, due to the seemingly impromptu nature of the performance - but it's nonetheless an important cover that revealed Post Malone's penchant for outlaw, rough-around-the-edges country.


Whitehouse Road (Tyler Childers cover)

The opening track of Post Malone's momentous Stagecoach 2024 set, his jaunty, rugged take on Tyler Childers’ fan-favourite, ‘Whitehouse Road’, ensured the packed-out crowd were under no illusions as to Posty's eclectic music tastes. The rest of his Indio performance featured a selection of comparatively mainstream offerings, and you can't help but feel the New York native included ‘Whitehouse Road’ for himself more than for the audience, with Post Malone relishing every second of the track. His signature rasp and swagger light up the song, which serves as a reminder of Posty's unrivalled musical versatility.


There's a Tear in My Beer (Hank Williams cover)

This grainy video is one of the first cherished performances that hinted at Post Malone's deep-seated affection for country music. His languid, off-hand delivery captures the forlorn lethargy of Hank Williams’ iconic original, with Posty showcasing how comfortable he feels singing alongside nothing more than an acoustic guitar. He'll be the first to admit his vocals have come a long way since these early days.


Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (Bob Dylan cover)

When watching this very, very old video of Post Malone playing a twinkling acoustic guitar and adopting a folky, drawn-in vocal style, it's hard to believe it's the same artist that went on to deliver ferocious, 808-fuelled trap hits such as ‘rockstar’ and ‘Wow.’

This beautifully intricate rendition of Bob Dylan's ‘Don't Think Twice, It's Alright’ highlights the sonic fluidity Posty has always possessed, with his now-signature vibrato and reverb combination being used to enhance the vulnerability of the track.


Baby, What You Want Me To Do (Elvis Presley Cover, with Keith Urban)

Recorded at the same Elvis tribute show during which Posty performed with Blake Shelton, this time around, he joined forces with another country veteran, Keith Urban, for a swaggering, bluesy version of the King's ‘Baby, What You Want Me To Do’.

Post Malone has always had a charisma and stage presence in spades, which coalesces charmingly with his sweet, self-effacing nature, as he demonstrates on this cover. One of the most enjoyable things about watching Posty play country music is how visibly he enjoys the experience, and as he constantly glances across at Urban and smiles, you can see he especially loved this performance. Keith Urban's comparatively softer voice perfectly compliments Post Malone's husky vocals, producing a cover the crowd can't help but sway along to.


Chattahoochee (Alan Jackson cover, with Brad Paisley)

A raucous finale to Post Malone's seismic Stagecoach set, Brad Paisley's delivery of the iconic ’Chattahoochee‘ riff keeps the energy high throughout Posty's performance.

Again, one of the most joyous aspects of this set is the fact that Post Malone is lapping up every second, grinning to himself in-between lyrics. After opening with the alt-leaning ‘Whitehouse Road’, this Alan Jackson cover consolidated the fact that Post Malone can flit between sub-genres with ease and sincerity, underlining that his debut country album will most likely include an array of styles and influences.


Cocaine Blues (Johnny Cash cover, with Billy Strings)

Once again reminding fans of how well-versed he is in country's various off-shoots, Post Malone teamed up with bluegrass phenom, Billy Strings, for an electrifying, jaunty rendition of Johnny Cash's ‘Cocaine Blues’. Posty has a clear appreciation for the tongue-in-cheek quality that some of the best country songs carry, with the New York native bringing Cash's protagonist to life with the help of Billy Strings and his band's rip-roaring instrumentals during this performance.


Check Yes Or No (George Strait cover)

When covering a song as influential as George Strait's ‘Check Yes Or No’, the weight of history and expectation can sometimes drag down any novel attempts to do the song justice. However, in trademark Post Malone fashion, during his Stagecoach 2024 set he somehow managed to pay homage to Strait by keeping the composition relatively close to the original, while still making it his own through his ethereal, raspy vocals. The fact that Post Malone wasn't afraid to lean into the unashamed innocence of ‘Check Yes Or No’ further accentuated his departure from the darker, moodier material of his earlier Hip Hop albums.


Three Wooden Crosses (Randy Travis cover)

This was another of the many highlights from Posty's Stagecoach 2024 performance, which largely acted as his official introduction into country music, following his widely celebrated CMA Awards performance in December 2023.

The delicacy and tenderness of Randy Travis' circle-of-life ballad would be enough to deter many artists from attempting to tackle ‘Three Wooden Crosses’, but Post Malone doesn't shy away from the emotional vulnerability of the track. The result is a deeply touching take on a country classic, showcasing that, when you strip away the production and vocal effects often found on Post Malone's Hip Hop and R&B records, what's left is an incredibly enchanting and sinuous voice.


You Can Have The Crown (Sturgill Simpson cover)

Accompanied by Dwight Yoakam's band, Post Malone's choice to perform Sturgill Simpson's down-and-out foot-stomper, ‘You Can Have The Crown’, during Matthew McConaughey's ‘We're Texas’ fundraiser has proven telling for those trying to figure out which country sub-genre Posty would lean towards for his album.

In later interviews, Posty has championed Sturgill as one of his favourite artists, and in this particular cover, he brings in the fun, light-hearted chaos of the original, while still ensuring the composition and structure of the performance feels tight. Arguably, Post Malone's ‘We're Texas’ country medley was the moment people really started to sit up and realise his affinity for the genre is not merely cursory.


(You're The) Devil in Disguise (Elvis Presley cover)

Donning the iconic leopard-print suit and backed by a luminous, red-tinted Christmas tree, Post Malone's festive performance of ‘(You're The) Devil in Disguise’ gave the Elvis staple a fresh, contemporary twist. Although Posty isn't afraid to introduce bounce and levity when he performs, here he offers a noticeably sultry, brooding rendition of the track, with his atmospheric vibrato being used to add gravitas. Watch until the end to see Posty's ‘rockstar’ jump into the famous Graceland pool.


I'm Gonna Miss Her (Brad Paisley cover, with Brad Paisley)

This remains one of Posty most celebrated covers to date, with Brad Paisley even temporarily changing his Instagram bio to ‘I write songs for Post Malone’ in honour of the performance. As the fiddle kicks in for the witty, laugh-out-loud chorus, Posty can barely contain his jubilance as he shouts out, ‘Oh!’, before delivering a smooth, captivating rendition of the jovial hook with a playful wink to the listener. Such is the legacy of this cover, Post Malone even released this as an Amazon Music exclusive in 2024, before being joined by Brad Paisley for a rousing live duet of the beloved track during his Stagecoach 2024 performance.


Pick-Up Man (Joe Diffie cover, with Joe Diffie & HIXTAPE)

Regardless of the big-name collaborations and sonic surprises Post Malone has up his sleeve for his debut country album, ‘Pick-Up Man’ will forever be the moment Posty announced himself to the genre. This posthumous HIXTAPE duet with the late great Joe Diffie was hard-launched during the 2023 CMA Awards, with HARDY and Morgan Wallen taking the stage for an energising take on ‘John Deere Green‘, before Post Malone sauntered onto the stage donning a trucker cap and muted orange jacket. His performance will arguably go down in CMA history in much the same way as Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake's now-iconic 2015 duet.

Although it's always tricky putting your own spin on a country classic like ‘Pick-Up Man’ - especially when the original artist is featured on the track too - Post Malone manages to pay homage to the 1994 version, while still infusing his distinctive, genre-blurring style into the song. Particularly during his live performance, the gruff, macho rasp of Posty's vocals perfectly juxtaposes the playfulness and gently self-deprecating nature of ‘Pick-Up Man’, which only enhances the hilarity.

While the covers in this list allowed fans to fantasise about a country project from Post Malone, ‘Pick-Up Man’ was the song that made this dream a reality, as well as opening the floodgates for a slew of other high-profile artists’ forays into the genre.

2024 | Mercury Records / Republic Records

I Had Some Help (feat. Morgan Wallen)

If you asked country fans in recent years who their dream collaborations were, there's a good chance ‘Post Malone and Morgan Wallen’ would have been top of many bucket lists. After months (and months) of teasers, Posty and Morgan finally gave us what we'd been yearning for on May 10th with this addictive, synth-driven single.

Immediately slotting in at No. 15 at Country Radio (the second-highest debut in history) and obliterating Spotify's daily streaming record for a country song, ‘I Had Some Help’ was the perfect springboard from which Post Malone could officially launch the rollout for his debut country album. Featuring sleek vocals and a warm, familial chemistry, ‘I Had Some Help’ is the earworm to end all earworms, with Post Malone and Morgan Wallen shrugging off their toxic previous relationships with a smile as they deliver this atypically jovial heartbreak anthem.

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