Only two of the Top 10 songs on this month's list of the Top 40 songs in country music are Top 10 radio hits to start the month. More than ever, August's Top 40 shows that there are more ways than ever to define a "hit."

Walker Hayes is close to becoming the second country artist — after Lil Nas X — to score a country hit after the song broke on TikTok. Aaron Lewis has rallied the conservative country crowd to score a Top 5 hit, while Nelly and Elle King are relying on crossover audiences for their respective songs.

No. 1 on the August 2021 version of the Top 40 country songs list is a true country radio hit. Old Dominion's "I Was on a Boat That Day" is one of the fastest rising of their career and — combined with strong sales and streaming numbers, plus the season we're in — it stood apart as the clear top song for the month. Do you agree?

The list of Top 40 country songs of August 2021 is compiled from Billboard chart data, streaming data, sales figures, staff opinion and reader feedback.

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Top 40 Country Songs for August 2021:

40. Parker McCollum, “To Be Loved by You”
39. Russell Dickerson, “Home Sweet”
38. Michael Ray, “Whiskey and Rain” — NEW HIGHER EDUCATION EP OUT AUG. 27!
37. Priscilla Block, “Just About Over You”
36. Lady A, “Like a Lady”
35. Dustin Lynch Feat. Mackenzie Porter, “Thinking ‘Bout You”
34. Kelsea Ballerini, “Half of My Hometown”
33. Keith Urban Duet With Pink, “One Too Many”
32. Lee Brice, “Memory I Don’t Mess With”
31. Jon Pardi, “Tequila Little Time”
30. Toby Keith, “Old School”
29. Scotty McCreery, “You Time”
28. Kenny Chesney, “Knowing You”
27. Carly Pearce, “Next Girl”
26. Eric Church, “Heart On Fire”
25. Callista Clark, “It’s ‘Cause I Am”
24. Hardy, “Give Heaven Some Hell”
23. Luke Combs, “Cold as You”
22. Jameson Rodgers Feat. Luke Combs “Cold Beer Calling My Name”
21. Zac Brown Band, “Same Boat”
20. Justin Moore, “We Didn’t Have Much”
19. Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave” — BIGGEST JUMP, UP 12 SPOTS!
18. Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley, “Freedom Was a Highway”
17. Elvie Shane, “My Boy”
16. Chris Young & Kane Brown, “Famous Friends” — NEW FAMOUS FRIENDS ALBUM OUT AUG. 6!
15. Chase Rice Feat. Florida Georgia Line, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.”
14. Miranda Lambert, “Settling Down”
13. Luke Bryan, “Waves”
12. Elle King & Miranda Lambert, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”
11. Aaron Lewis, “Am I the Only One”
10. Luke Combs, “Forever After All”
9. Ryan Hurd With Maren Morris, “Chasing After You”
8. Jordan Davis Feat. Luke Bryan, “Buy Dirt”
7. Thomas Rhett, “Country Again”
6. Nelly & Florida Georgia Line, “Lil Bit”
5. Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You” — HIGHEST DEBUT!
4. Dan + Shay, “Glad you Exist” — NEW GOOD THINGS ALBUM OUT AUG. 13!
3. Walker Hayes, “Fancy Like” 
2. Lainey Wilson, “Things a Man Oughta Know”
1. Old Dominion, “I Was on a Boat That Day”

Top Country Songs of 2021, Ranked

You'll find much more than just the Top 10 Country Songs of 2021 on this list.

Our team has sourced fans to create 10 superlatives for this mid-year version of the year-end songs list. Best Country Tearjerker? Best Country Baby-Maker? Best Country Breakup Song of 2021? Keith Urban, Carly Pearce, Chris Bandi and more help make up this portion of the Top Country Songs list, while hitmakers like Thomas Rhett and Little Big Town lead the 10 best songs portion.

Did your favorite song of 2021 make this list? To be considered, the song must have been released in 2021 or have actively charted for a portion of the year (see "Wine, Beer, Whiskey"). New artists including Lainey Wilson, Breland and Triston Marez crack the Top 10. Let us know your favorite song of 2021 at Twitter or email, at staff@tasteofcountry.com.