Cole Swindell has been scoring country music hits since 2013, when he charted his very first number-one song on country radio, “Chillin’ It.” Before that time, he was a Nashville songwriter that moved to town from his native Georgia in 2007 and penned songs like 2013’s “This Is How We Roll” for Florida Georgia Line and 2014’s “Roller Coaster” for Luke Bryan.
Swindell worked for Bryan as a t-shirt-selling guy before he moved to Nashville and began his songwriting journey.
Cole has had a big 2023, as at the ACM Awards in May, he won awards for Song and Single for his collaboration and chart-topper with Jo Dee Messina’s “She Had Me At Heads Carolina.” When he won Song of the Year, he said, “I moved to Nashville, Tennessee because I wanted to be a songwriter, and that’s what this award is. Jo Dee, I wouldn’t have this song without you making the original hit; thank you so much.”
He added, “There’s a kid out there watching this tonight that’s gonna get inspired by a song, and they’re gonna follow it up and chase the dream just like we all did. God bless country music.”
As Swindell celebrates his 40th birthday today (6/30), we ranked five of his number-one songs.