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.
- Sam Hunt – “Leave The Night On” -1
- Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down” -1
- Blake Shelton – “Neon Light” 0
- Florida Georgia Line – “Dirt” +1
- Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water” +1
- Keith Urban – “Somewhere In My Car” -1
- Frankie Ballard – “Sunshine & Whiskey” -1
- Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song” +1
- Little Big Town – “Day Drinking” -1
- Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” +1
The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -1
The pulse improves to -1 from -2 last week. Could the pulse actually move into positive territory?! Just based on the ear test I can tell mainstream country has been improving a little lately. There were actually no bro country songs performed on the CMA Awards. This is all despite the fact that traditional country fans’ worst nightmare has come true: Sam Hunt is #1 on the country chart. No!!! I still have yet to hear a good argument as to why people listen to Sam Hunt music. There’s nothing creative nor country about it. Anyway the reason the pulse improved this week is because Luke Bryan dropped out of the top ten with his bland pop country and was replaced with Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider.” Could McGraw be coming back to the good side? Well his new album was certainly one of the best in mainstream country this year and it’s good to be enjoying his music again. Let’s hope the pulse continues to improve.