There were plenty of country artists singing love songs before Florida Georgia Line were even around, but once their 2012 megahit “Cruise” was released, there just really wasn’t a more poetic way (or, at least, a more bro-country way) to tell someone you fancy them.
“Baby you a song, you make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise,” one of modern country’s most memorable lines, is part of what launched the song to insane success: No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, as well as a peak at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 after the song got a little help from Nelly for a remix in 2013. Although the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard has celebrated several No. 1s since, “Cruise” was what put Florida Georgia Line on the map (in major fashion). And now Billboard is honoring it on our 100 Greatest Choruses of the 21st Century list, with “Cruise” coming in at No. 64.
So how do you craft a classic chorus? For Kelley, it was almost innate.