"My Heart Can't Tell You No" Sara Evans
Musically great, vocally amazing, and a fine lyric, no the strongest but gets the job done.
"You and Tequila" Kenny Chesney
Matraca Berg's amazing pen, a sparse arrangement and a great delivery make this not only a years highlight but career highlight for Chesney
"I Love You This Big" Scotty McCreery
Nice neotraditional production and a clear vocal make this listenable, but the lyrics lack and make the song just that, listenable.
"Like My Mother Does" Lauren Alaina
A sweet, believable lyric matched with one of the finest young vocalists in music make this song more than just another Idol song, but rather a song for radio to play and enjoy. The one limitation: the production don't let her vocals shine as much as they can.