Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly, “Cruise (Remix)”
It was the song that dropped a thousand tailgates. For better or worse, Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” started the bro-country movement and spawned so many imitators. It’s easy to hear why: The track is a monster jam, produced within an inch of its undeniably perfect life by Joey Moi. There are manufactured drumbeats, a looped banjo, and bad grammar (“Baby, you a song!”), and together it all signaled something different for country music. FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley delivered the goods on their own, but “Cruise” exploded when Nelly got onboard for a crossover remix. This isn’t country music — this is lightning in a bottle. —J.H.