The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [Jan. 24]

Brad Paisley

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  
  2. Kenny Chesney – “Til It’s Gone” (Up 1)
  3. Eric Church – “Talladega” +1 (Up 1)
  4. Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water” +1 (Up 1)
  5. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” +1 (Down 3)
  6. Luke Bryan – “I See You” -1 (Up 2)
  7. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze” -1
  8. Parmalee – “Close Your Eyes” -1 (Down 2)
  9. Randy Houser – “Like A Cowboy” 0
  10. Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna” -1 
  11. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started” -1 (Up 1)
  12. Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight” +1 (Up 1)
  13. Chase Bryant – “Take It On Back” -1 (Up 1)
  14. Brett Eldredge – “Mean To Me” 0 (Down 3)
  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. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do” +1 (Up 1)
  24. Kristian Bush – “Trailer Hitch” +1 (Up 1)
  25. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” +1 (Up 1)
  26. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time” -1 (Up 2)
  27. Eric Paslay – “She Don’t Love You” +1 (Up 3)
  28. Toby Keith – “Drunk Americans” -1 (Down 1)
  29. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1
  30. Billy Currington – “Don’t It” -1 (New to top 30 this week)

Dan + Shay’s “Show You Off” fell from #23 out of the 30.

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -3

The pulse remains the same again at -3, despite some changes. The biggest mover on the chart was Eric Paslay’s “She Don’t Love You” moving up three spots to #27, which is nice to see. The biggest loser was Dan + Shay’s “Show You Off” which fell from #23 to completely out of the top 30, which is also nice to see. The other big losers were Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” and Brett Eldredge’s “Mean to Me,” which each fell three spots in the charts. The new song to join the top 30 is Billy Currington’s “Don’t It,” which is just another checklist pop country song. So no improvement for the pulse. Don’t be surprised if Reba, Mickey Guyton and Zac Brown Band all join the top 30 soon, as their new singles were three of the most talked about songs in country music this past week.

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. 24]

  1. Zack January 16, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Wow #22-#27 looks awesome! The only thing ruining it is the god awful Sam Hunt song. I think The Band Perry are at either #32 or #31 so that would be a welcoming change to the chart. Also with the recent news of Sturgill Simpsons signing could we eventually have him in the top 30? I kinda doubt it but it would be cool to see haha

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    • Josh Schott January 16, 2015 / 7:10 pm

      Yes the bottom of the chart is quite promising and hopefully those good songs keep moving upwards. I would certainly take The Band Perry over Hunt!

      You’ll see my thoughts on Sturgill’s signing in a post tomorrow. It’s not that farfetched of an idea to see him on this chart by the end of 2015. A long shot, but Sturgill certainly has defied the odds.


  2. Acca Dacca January 20, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Maybe I’m just crazy, but why is Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy” a 0? I personally think that song is very good, if not necessarily great. It’s also nice to have some western themes reappear in a country song, if only superficially. It’s not all that substantive or “western” in sound, but at least it’s somewhat country in aesthetic and doesn’t at all resemble hip hop.


    • Josh Schott January 20, 2015 / 11:25 pm

      Its a decent song. But this type of song has been done to death in recent years and the lyrics kind of bore me. I wouldn’t turn the radio dial if it came on the radio, but I probably wouldn’t pay attention to it either.


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