During this in-and-out-of-lockdown year Australian country music artists made it into the studio and recorded some extremely fine songs. This is a curated playlist of some of the songs that were released this year as album tracks or as singles (a couple first appeared on albums released in 2020 but were only released as singles this year). The order of tracks is deliberate but if you want to shuffle, well, that’s your business.

The playlist is available on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. All three players are embedded below and the track listing appears below them. For comprehensive – as opposed to curated – playlists of singles released this year, go to the Recent playlists page or the Sunburnt Country Music Spotify profile.

Update January 2022: Spotify removed this playlist for unexplained reasons and it has not been reinstated, so please use the Apple Music and YouTube links instead.

Track listing:

Ben Leece ft Melody Pool – ‘Come on December’

Camille Trail and Brad Butcher – ‘Holding Pattern’

Melanie Dyer – ‘Run Out of Road’

The Wolfe Brothers – ‘Kids on Cassette’

Natalie Henry – ‘Weed, Wine and Women’

Fanny Lumsden – ‘Tidy Town’

Amber Lawrence – ‘I’m Coming Home’

Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham – ‘Seasons’

Luke O’Shea ft Ashleigh Dallas – ‘Long Way ’round’

Jasmine Rae – ‘Fraudulent’

Allison Forbes – ‘Save You Now’

Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes – ‘Never Said a Word’

Troy Cassar-Daley – ‘Heart Like a Small Town’

Sharna Burcher – ‘The Hardest Parts’

Ryan Daykin – ‘Broken Feathers’

Riley Catherall – ‘No One’s Saint’

Katie Brianna – ‘Wedding Ring’

The Weeping Willows – ‘Black Crow’

Angus Gill – ‘Samson’

Hayley Jensen – ‘Breakin’ Hearts’

The McClymonts – ‘Looking for Perfect’

Sarah Leete – ‘Nothin’ Special’

Ella Powell – ‘Paper Town’

Catherine Britt & Lee Kernaghan – ‘Country Fan’

Blake O’Connor – ‘Willin’ and Ready’

Emily Hatton – ‘Make it Slow’

Storm & Stone – ‘Town that Made Me’

Eagle & the Wolf – ‘Currawong’

Lily Grace and James Blundell – ‘Annie June’

Shane Nicholson – ‘Harvest on Vinyl’

Cassidy-Rae – ‘AMAZING’

Courtney Keil – ‘Hummingbird’

James Johnston – ‘Small Town’

Montgomery Church – ‘Louise’

Piper Butcher – ‘Before the Thunder’

Raechel Whitchurch ft Kevin Bennett – ‘I Used to Think I Was an Outlaw’

Logan Hoswell ft Lyn Bowtell – ‘Sister in Song’

Gina Jeffreys and Tania Kernaghan – ‘My Old Friend’