Georgia native Cole Swindell found his first important connection to the country music scene through a surprising source -- his college fraternity. Both Swindell and Luke Bryan were members of Georgia Southern University's Sigma Chi chapter, although Bryan attended a few years earlier. After he found success in Nashville, Bryan returned to play a show in his old college town, which Swindell attended. The pair ended up meeting and quickly forged a friendship. Soon after, Swindell left college and headed to Nashville, where he ended up selling merchandise on the road for Bryan while honing his own songwriting skills.
That journey eventually led Swindell to inking a publishing deal, which allowed him to pen songs that were cut by some of country music's biggest names. Over the years, Luke Bryan has stayed true to Swindell, recording some of his tunes and taking a few of them to the top of the charts. He also took him out on the road as his opening act after Swindell snagged his own recording deal, helping to catapult his longtime friend into stardom.
Since the release of his self-titled debut record in 2014, Swindell has taken 10 songs to the Top 5 on country radio. He's earned a loyal following of fans for his personal and relatable lyrics, like the moving "You Should Be Here" and "Middle of a Memory." Those tracks, along with lighthearted love songs like "Chillin It" and biting kiss-offs like "Ain't Worth The Whiskey" show his range while staying true to a polished, mainstream country sound.
In April 2022, he released Stereotype, his fourth career studio album which includes his 2020 country hit "Single Saturday Night" and "Never Say Never," his celebrated collaboration with emerging talent Lainey Wilson.
Although Swindell has established a lasting solo career for himself, he's also known as one of the most talented songwriters on Music Row. Let's take a look at 7 songs that were penned by Cole Swindell and recorded by other country artists.
"This Is How We Roll" (ft. Luke Bryan)Florida Georgia Line
This 2014 collaboration between Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan was the last single from the country duo's breakout debut record Here's to the Good Times. The song, which Swindell co-wrote with Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley and Bryan, became a massive hit that went all the way to No. 1 on the country charts and became certified Platinum six times over.
"Get Me Some of That"Thomas Rhett
One of Thomas Rhett's earliest hits, "Get Me Some of That" was the fourth single from the country star's 2013 debut record It Goes Like This. The song was co-written by Swindell, Michael Carter and Rhett's father and accomplished country hitmaker in his own right, Rhett Akins. The fan favorite made it all the way to No. 1 and helped position Rhett as one of the most popular new country artists of the year.
"Roller Coaster"Luke Bryan
This nostalgic, romantic tune was cut by Luke Bryan and included on his hit 2013 record Crash My Party. Another co-write from Swindell and Michael Carter, "Roller Coaster" made it all the way to No. 1 on the country charts in both the U.S. and Canada.
"Water Tower Town"Scotty McCreery
This tune from Swindell, Tammi Kidd and Lynn Hutton was recorded by Scotty McCreery for his debut album Clear As Day, which was released in 2011 following McCreery's win on Season 10 of American Idol.
"Summer Forever"Billy Currington
"Summer Forever" is the title track of Billy Currington's sixth studio album, which was released in 2015. Swindell wrote the track with a list of songwriting heavy-hitters, which includes Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard.
"Outta My Head"Craig Campbell
One of Swindell's earliest cuts came from Craig Campbell, who chose "Outta My Head" as the lead single from his second studio album Never Regret. Released in 2012, the neotraditional tune penned by Swindell, Michael Carter and Brandon Kinney peaked at No. 15 on the country charts.
"Nothin’ But The Cooler Left"Chris Young
This country anthem made for the weekend is another catchy co-write from Swindell, Michael Carter and Brandon Kinney. Chris Young recorded the tune and included it as the sixth track on his acclaimed 2013 album A.M.