When it comes to country music, progressive and liberal ideas are usually the farthest thing you think about.  However, we prove today that's not always the case as we count down the Top Five Most Surprisingly Progressive Country Music Songs!

#5) Miranda Lambert- All Kinds of Kinds

A song that celebrates exactly what it says including a nod to the transgender community and a rebuke towards ignorance of all kinds.

Most Progressive Lyrics:

“Thomas was a congressman with closets full of skeletons
And dresses that he wore on Friday nights.
Phyllis was a pharmacist, a dab of that, a pinch of this
Concocted to suppress her appetite.
When the children were fiddlin' she'd slip 'em some Ritalin
And wait for Thomasina to arrive.
Cause ever since the beginning to keep the world spinning
It takes all kinds of kinds.

Now some point a finger and let ignorance linger
If they'd look in the mirror they'd find.
That ever since the beginning to keep the world spinning
It takes all kinds of kinds.

#4) Brad Paisley- Welcome To The Future

Released right after Barack Obama’s election in 2008, Brad Paisley took a step away from politics to think about how great it was the country just elected it’s first Black President

Most Progressive Lyric:

“I had a friend in school
Running back on the football team
They burned a cross in his front yard
For asking out the homecoming queen
I thought about him today
And everybody who'd seen what he'd seen
From a woman on a bus
To a man with a dream

Hey, wake up Martin Luther
Welcome to the future
Hey, glory, glory, hallelujah
Welcome to the future

#3) Kacey Musgraves- Follow Your Arrow

Probably the most Pro-LBGT song ever released to country radio!  Way to go Kacey!

Most Progressive Lyrics:

“Make lots of noise
And kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that's something you're into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, or don't
Just follow your arrow
Wherever it points

#2) Tim McGraw- Red Rag Top

A country song about abortion….seriously.  Tim McGraw was a brave dude for putting this one out in 2002.

Most Progressive lyrics:

“We were young and wild, we decided not to have a child
So we did what we did and we tried to forget,
And we swore up and down there would be no regrets

#1) Garth Brooks- We Shall Be Free

It’s rare when a country song can take on racism, homophobia, and the need for a clean environment, all while still being a huge hit single on Country Radio!

Most Progressive Lyrics:

“When the last thing we notice is the color of skin 
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within 
When the skies and the oceans are clean again 
Then we shall be free 

When we're free to love anyone we choose 
When this world's big enough for all different views 
When we all can worship from our own kind of pew 
Then we shall be free”