Every week I take a look at the current top ten country songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and give each song either a +1, a -1 or a 0. These will then be tallied up for an overall score, or pulse of the current top ten country songs, with the highest possible score being a +10 and the lowest possible score being a -10. The goal of this exercise is to evaluate the current state of mainstream country music and determine if it’s improving or getting worse. To see the full list of hot country songs for this week, click here. Let’s take a look at this week’s top ten.
- Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down” -1
- Florida Georgia Line – “Dirt” +1
- Sam Hunt – “Leave The Night On” -1
- Blake Shelton – “Neon Light” 0
- Chase Rice – “Ready Set Roll” -1
- Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster” 0
- Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water” +1
- Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song” +1
- Frankie Ballard – “Sunshine & Whiskey” -1
- Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad” -1
The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -2
The pulse actually improves one spot up to -2. The big change was Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Sippin’ On Fire” falling out of the top ten. They’re replaced by Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey” and one of the most talked about songs of the year, Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song.” I haven’t heard much of Ballard lately, so I was surprised to see his name make the top ten this week. As for “Girl In A Country Song” I was expecting it to make the top ten much sooner than this. Back in July people were going crazy over this song and it was one of the hot topics in country music. But it only hovered around the top 15 and top 20 for the summer and beginning of fall. I’m guessing with their EP coming out in a couple of weeks it’s leading to more sales for their lead single. This is a good thing because first there’s another female representing in the top ten and it’s a song that calls out bro country. Win-win!