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The 9 Best Songs by Dierks Bentley

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With seven studio albums under his belt and another on the way, Dierks Bentley is no stranger to number one’s. Over the years, he’s changed his musical style (almost) as dramatically as his hair. Bentley himself said that if you aren’t changing, you aren’t growing. This mantra is clearly reflected in his music, which varies from album to album. We’ve taken his 10 best songs and ranked them accordingly.

1. “Riser”

One of Bentley’s latest hits kicks off the list. In “Riser,” Bentley makes promises. He promises he’ll be there, he’ll do what it takes and everything will be okay. While people make these promises all the time, when Bentley says them, you believe it. “Riser” shows off classic country values of doing what it takes and being there when it matters.

2. “Up On the Ridge”

A down home hit off his album of the same name, “Up On the Ridge” will make you want to “blow out those city lights” in favor of some secluded spot in the middle of nowhere. Bentley paints a vivid scene of mischief in the night that puts ideas in your head  Grab your girl, get of town, and get wild.

3. “Home”

“Home” isn’t your typical “Ra Ra America” song. It’s not about America being the best. It’s about loving your country to matter what, but recognizing that we still need to grow. Toby Keith could take a few notes from this song.

4. “Every Mile a Memory”

Sometimes a place is intertwined so closely with a person that you see them everywhere you go, even if you don’t want to. This small town curse is exemplified perfectly in “Every MIle A Memory.” Bentley handles it about as well as the rest of us, which is why the song resonates so well.

5. “Damn These Dreams”

A more earnest look at life on the road while trying to raise a family, Bentley reminds us that it’s not all fun and games, but it’s always going to be worth it. This song is a testament to how far some people are willing to go to get what they want in life, and what it really costs to get there.

6. “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)”

If any song surmises Bentley’s style and persona, it’s “Free and Easy.” HIs laid back demeanor is front stage here in the song about taking life as it comes. Bentley doesn’t get bogged down thinking about what the future holds, he simply enjoys the now. We could all try that a little more often.

7. “Long Trip Alone”

Bentley opens him up in this fragile piece about life, which is a long trip indeed. It’s a good example of his range and showcases his quiet, more introspective side. It’s a side he doesn’t show in excess, but it’s powerful when he does.

8. “Settle for a Slowdown”

Man, what a heartbreaker. There he is, standing out in the rain (classic) while he watches his love fade into the black of night, hoping that she’ll turn around. This isn’t one of his most upbeat songs. It’s a good old fashioned hurtin’ song and it’s one of his best

9. “Come a Little Closer”

Dierk’s best love song by far, “Come a Little Closer” is all about rekindling old love and finding that spark again. While it might just sound like bedroom music, it’s also a reminder that love is never too far away if you’re willing to go the distance.

Bonus: “What Was I Thinkin'”

We couldn’t end this list without this song. It’s one every guy can relate to. True, we may not all have gotten into a bar fight or dodged buckshot from an angry father, but we’ve all done something stupid for a girl. And we’ve all thought the same thing afterward. Thanks Bentley, for letting us know we aren’t the only ones.

The best part about Bentley’s music is that doesn’t show any sign of losing momentum. In fact, by the time his new album, Black, comes out, this list might have to be updated. Click here to check out his songs on Trebel, the world’s only fully legal free music download app!