Jon Pardi may be the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year, but the California country crooner has more than a few hit singles and hot tracks under his belt. His trademark blending of traditional country vocals and rock 'n' roll instrumentals has put Pardi at the forefront the genre's pack of rising stars.
The songs on The Boot's list of Top 5 Jon Pardi Songs range from dreamy, California-tinged hits such as "Heartache on the Dace Floor" to hard-rocking, honky-tonking tracks such as "What I Can't Put Down." Read on to see if your favorite made the list.
"Borrowed Time"From 'The B-Sides, 2011–2014' (2015)
A deep cut for the true Pardi fans, "Borrowed Time" makes this list for its thoughtful lyrics and beautifully simple vocals. Written by Pardi as well as Keith and Adrienne Follese, "Borrowed Time" strikes a chord with its honest commentary on life and the fact that we are never promised more than the moment we're living in. A sweet and urgent call to live life without regrets, "Borrowed Time" reveals yet another layer of Pardi's musicianship.
"Dirt on My Boots"From 'California Sunrise' (2016)
"Dirt on My Boots" earned Pardi his second No. 1 single, bringing his edgy country vibe to radio listeners. The track was written by Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley, originally with reportedly more of a hip-hop feel. Of course, Pardi made it his own, and "Dirt on My Boots" became a nominee for Single of the Year at the 2018 CMA Awards.
"What I Can't Put Down"From 'Write You a Song' (2014)
Guitar laden and hard rocking, "What I Can't Put Down" is a barn-burner all about the things and people we gravitate to -- for better or worse. Written by Pardi along with Brice Long and Bart Butler, this track showcases Pardi's rebel rocker side; his style in the video reminds us of old-school Elvis Presley, complete with a couple swiveling hips and rubber legs.
"Heartache on the Dance Floor"From 'California Sunrise' (2016)
Wrapped in California sunshine and romantic nostalgia, "Heartache on the Dance Floor" has Pardi dreaming about a girl he saw once and can't get out of his mind. Also written by Pardi alongside Long and Butler, "Heartache on the Dance Floor" is a perfect uptempo track for summer ... and for reminiscing on summer love.
"Head Over Boots"From 'California Sunrise' (2016)
As Pardi's first No. 1 single, "Head Over Boots" is arguably the song that introduced the world to Pardi and his ability to give traditional country music a new burst of modern energy. Written with veteran songwriter Luke Laird, "Head Over Boots" pulls young (and old) lovers out on the dance floor with its perfect mid-tempo hook and toe-tapping sound.