Rare is the carefree, summer song that doesn't lean heavy on rhyme, but Walker Hayes has one with his viral smash, "Fancy Like." There more brand references than actual rhymes in this song, but that doesn't mean his phrasing won't stick in your ears until the leaves fall.

Take the first verse, where "bangin'" and "maintenance" are coupled. Similar sound? Sure, but that's no rhyme. Same for "Can't keep her off me" and "fries in her Frosty" in the first verse, and then "Tesla to impress her" and "Vespa" in the second. Each line falls out with a twangy, hip-hop patter that melts like butter when it hits you. Bedazzled production elements (listen with headphones to hear the smart backing vocals) keep their shine even when set against blue collar, even rural, themes. No, the Kardashians aren't eating Bourbon Street steak at Applebees, but country folk are.

Hayes' mind works in curious ways that at times leave him on the outside looking in as other more radio friendly songwriters score hits. Somehow, he's never compromised what makes him unique, and thank goodness. If anything, songs like "Fancy Like" show his delightfully stubborn intent on bending the genre to him.

Did You Know?A TikTok video of Hayes dancing to "Fancy Like" with his daughter went viral, leading to the Aug. 2021 radio release of the song.

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Walker Hayes' "Fancy Like" Lyrics:

My girl is bangin' / She's so low maintenance / Don't need no champagne poppin' entertainment / Take her to Wendy's / Can't keep her off me / She wanna dip me like them fries in her Frosty / But every now and then when I get paid / I gotta spoil my baby with an upgrade

Yeah, we fancy like Applebee's on a date night / Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake / Get some whipped cream on the top, too / Two straws, one check, girl, I got you / Bougie like Natty in the styrofoam / Squeak-squeakin' in the truck bed all the way home / Some Alabama-jamma, she my Dixieland delight / Ayy, that's how we do, how we do, fancy like, oh.

Fancy like, oh / Fancy like, oh / Fancy like, oh

Uh, don't need no Tesla to impress her / My girl is happy rollin' on a Vespa / Don't need no mansion to get romancin' / She's super fine, double wide, slow dancin' / But every now and then when I get paid / I gotta spoil my baby with an upgrade

Repeat Chorus

Fancy like my new, clean blue jeans without the holes in 'em / Country kisses on my lips without Skoal in 'em / Yeah, she probably gon' be keeping some Victoria's Secrets / Maybe a little Maybelline but she don't need it / In the kitchen light radio slows down / Boxed wine and her up-do goes down 

Repeat Chorus

Top Country Songs of 2021, Ranked

You'll find much more than just the Top 10 Country Songs of 2021 on this list. Enjoy the 21 best country songs of the year, based on Taste of Country staff and country music fan opinion, plus commercial data (sales, streaming, airplay).

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, Larry Fleet and Morgan Wade crack the top songs list, while hitmakers including Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Luke Combs make the Top 10.

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