The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [Dec. 6]

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.

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water” +1
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” +1
  3. Keith Urban – “Somewhere In My Car” -1
  4. Sam Hunt – “Leave The Night On” -1
  5. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song” +1
  6. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking” -1
  7. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm” +1
  8. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light” 0
  9. Frankie Ballard – “Sunshine & Whiskey” -1
  10. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down” -1

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -1

The pulse once again remains at -1. The top ten however has finally changed after three straight weeks of the same songs. Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” fell out as expected and is replaced by Brad Paisley’s “Perfect Storm.” This was a song after further thinking that I realized I was too tough on in my original review of it. And I’ll take Paisley over Florida Georgia Line any day, even the newer Paisley music. With it being Black Friday and Christmas shopping season, the top ten rankings should continue to fluctuate through the rest of 2014.

2 thoughts on “The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [Dec. 6]

  1. Cobra November 28, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    I didn’t have too much of an issue with “Perfect Storm” other than it being way over-produced, especially at the end. But I completely agree….better than Florida Georgia Line any day of the week.


  2. NoahHibiscusEaton November 29, 2014 / 3:51 am

    My only real criticism of “Perfect Storm” actually has nothing to do with the production: which honestly, I don’t even mind. I mean, it’s aspiring for bigness and earnest power, and so it’s hard to argue the approach doesn’t live up to its title from the crackles of thunder at the end of each chorus to the synthesized steel guitar hints.

    No, what I actually am a bit more critical of are some lyrical choices. Granted he does so with more maturity than a typical bro-country comparison, but comparing his love to a single barrel bourbon on ice in the opening lyric, as well as a mixtape, is a bit awkward and cheesy though certainly not offensive (he at least explains the drink analogy in the second line). And surely Paisley had to have been self-aware of the “make it rain” connotation, so when he says “She don’t just rain, she pours…”…………… does make you wonder, even when you don’t doubt his sincerity in penning this earnest ballady type of song………… he yet again wanted to see how far he can go with double entendres! 😉

    But that’s still mostly minor criticism. Lyrically as a whole it holds up, Paisley sounds strong and emotionally invested, and again I think the bigger production is actually an asset that makes this song. I agree it’s a sign corporate country music is making a step in the right direction.

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