The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [Jan. 17]

Each week I take a look the Billboard Country Airplay chart and grade the top 30 songs. The grading format I use each week is every song will receive either a +1, -1 or a 0. These will then be tallied up for an overall score, or pulse of the current top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +30 and the lowest possible score being a -30. 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 the top 30 country airplay songs for this week, click here. Let’s take a look at this week’s top thirty.

  1. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm” +1 (Up 1)
  2. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” +1 (Down 1)
  3. Kenny Chesney – “Til It’s Gone” 0
  4. Eric Church – “Talladega” +1 
  5. Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water” +1
  6. Parmalee – “Close Your Eyes” -1
  7. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze” -1
  8. Luke Bryan – “I See You” -1
  9. Randy Houser – “Like A Cowboy” 0
  10. Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna” -1 
  11. Brett Eldredge – “Mean To Me” 0 (Up 1)
  12. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started” -1 (Down 1)
  13. Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight” +1 (Up 1)
  14. Chase Bryant – “Take It On Back” -1 (Down 1)
  15. Darius Rucker – “Homegrown Honey” -1
  16. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class” +1
  17. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes” 0
  18. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls” -1
  19. David Nail – “Kiss You Tonight” 0
  20. Lady Antebellum – “Freestyle” -1
  21. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” -1
  22. Jake Owen – “What We Ain’t Got” +1
  23. Dan + Shay – “Show You Off” -1
  24. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do” +1
  25. Kristian Bush – “Trailer Hitch” +1
  26. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” +1
  27. Toby Keith – “Drunk Americans” -1
  28. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time” -1
  29. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1
  30. Eric Paslay – “She Don’t Love You” +1

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -3

The pulse stays the same at -3 from last week. That’s because it’s the same exact 30 songs, with only a few changes among positions. The biggest change of course is Brad Paisley’s “Perfect Storm” unseating Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” as the new #1 on the chart. I’m surprised this song was able to reach #1, so congrats to Paisley on this accomplishment. It’s certainly one of the better songs off his weakest album ever in Moonshine in the Trunk. Other than a few minor changes in the 11-14 spots, everything stays the same. That should change in the next week with some new songs being released to radio and I expect Reba’s “Going Out Like That” to possibly debut soon too.

Be sure to weigh in on this week’s chart in the comments below!


4 thoughts on “The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [Jan. 17]

  1. Zack January 9, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    I pretty much agre with all of these. I really hope Chase Bryant is adopting the Jon Pardi/Eric Paslay formula- releasing a generic debut single in order to release your otherwise debut album. After all didn’t his grandfather play for Ray Price? Surely something had to rub off on him? I’m really happy that She Don’t Love You is top 30. Somehow Eric is on radio’s good side. With the holiday buzz over and many (bad) songs fallinh off the chart, we should hopefully see things shape up for the rest of Janurary.

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  2. Cobra January 9, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    The only score I really disagree with is David Nail’s “Kiss You Tonight,” which I personally think is a solid song and would give a +1.

    Good news, however, it does appear that Tim McGraw’s next single is slated to be “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” which is a great song off of his latest album.

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    • Lorenzo January 9, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      totally agree with you, Kiss You Tonight is one of my favourites! and Tim McGraw’s new single is just amazing. Also, Josh Turner is about to enter this chart with Lay Low, beautiful song!


  3. Zack January 9, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    David Nails had better hits but still better than most of whats out there. I agree too with the above, there is a lot more good coming in than bad at the moment. I really think by February we will see a postive score. Also can we give special consideration to SunDaze and give it a minus 2? Haha jk


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