The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [May 9]

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. How do I determine if a song is rated a +1, -1 or 0? The rating it received on the site or myself will determine this. If it hasn’t been rated yet, then I will make the call. Songs rated between 7 and 10 receive a +1. Songs rated between 5 and 6.5 receive a 0. Songs rated 4.5 or lower receive a -1.

The goal of this exercise is to evaluate the current state of mainstream country music and determine if it’s improving or getting worse. Let’s take a look at this week’s top thirty…    

  1. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do” +1 (Up 1)
  2. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class” +1 (Up 2)
  3. Keith Urban & Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up” (Up 2)
  4. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” +1 (Up 2)
  5. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”  -1 (Down 4)
  6. Billy Currington – “Don’t It” -1 (Up 1)
  7. A Thousand Horses – “Smoke” (Up 1)
  8. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”  -1 (Up 1)
  9. Zac Brown Band – “Homegrown” +1 (Down 6)
  10. Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter – “Wild Child” +1 
  11. Tim McGraw & Catherine Dunn – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” +1 
  12. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1 
  13. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns” +1 
  14. Kelsea Ballerini – “Love Me Like You Mean It” -1 (Up 2)
  15. Brad Paisley – “Crushin’ It” -1 
  16. Eric Paslay – “She Don’t Love You” +1 (Down 2)
  17. Canaan Smith – “Love You Like That” -1 
  18. Blake Shelton – “Sangria” -1 (Up 3)
  19. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” +1 
  20. Frankie Ballard – “Young & Crazy” 
  21. Brantley Gilbert – “One Hell of an Amen” 0 (Up 1)
  22. Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You” -1 (Up 2)
  23. Michael Ray – “Kiss You In The Morning” -1 
  24. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon” -1 (Down 6)
  25. Luke Bryan – “Games” -1 (Up 2)
  26. Gloriana – “Trouble” (Down 1)
  27. Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball” -1 (Down 1)
  28. Dustin Lynch – “Hell of a Night” -1 
  29. Rascal Flatts – “Riot”
  30. Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy” (New to Top 30)

Maddie & Tae’s “Fly” falls from #30 to out of the top 30 (#31) this week.

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -5

The pulse drops to -5 this week from -4 from last week. There was only one song that fell out of the top 30 this week after four dropped out last week. The lone song was Maddie & Tae’s “Fly,” which had just made the top 30 last week. With the news that their album is being pushed back from June all the way to August 28 and “Fly” floundering, they’re probably gearing up to release a new single. Hopefully it’s “Sierra,” which should have the second single. I guess I was wrong in my optimism that they were going to give “Fly” one last push. The song that replaces it and lowered the pulse is Zac Brown Band’s new single “Loving You Easy.” While I enjoy the instrumentation of this song, the lyrics are boring and not very memorable. But it was the most added song of the week and had the most increased audience of course.

Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” is this week’s new #1 song, knocking off Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time.” This wasn’t a surprise. What was a surprise is Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class” giving it a run for the money. It fell short, but should be next week’s #1 song. Other than Brown and Hunt’s dwindling singles, the other songs behind Brice in the top 10 should all get a turn at the top spot. None of them really excite me that much. Then again that pretty much describes my feelings about all of country radio right now.

The biggest gainers this week were Blake Shelton’s “Sangria,” which moved up three spots to #18 and six other songs moved up two spots (Brice,Urban/Church, Farr, Ballerini, Aldean and Bryan). The biggest losers this week were Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown,” which fell six spots to #9, Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon” fell six spots to #24 and Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” fell four spots to #5. As for songs I see leaving the top 30 soon, the three losers I just mentioned should all leave the top 30 soon. They all have new singles coming out or in the case of Zac Brown Band already have a hot single in the top 30. Eric Paslay and “She Don’t Love You” is also poised to fall out of the top 30 quite soon. It did the best it could in this toxic radio environment. I think Gloriana’s single is also in trouble. Get it? I know that was a low hanging pun…

None of the four songs I predicted would make the top 30 soon last week made it this week. As for this week, the songs outside the top 30 I expect to see in the top 30 soon are Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind,” Thomas Rhett’s “Crash and Burn,” Reba’s “Going Out Like That” and Lady Antebellum’s “Long Stretch of Love.” Eldredge’s new single is already at #34 on its debut, almost making as big of an impact as Zac Brown Band’s new single. Radio loves Eldredge too. I think it has something to do with his eyes. Rhett is poised to plague the airwaves all summer with the annoying “Crash and Burn.” You know I don’t like Reba’s new single, although her new album has some really nice single choices I wouldn’t mind. Lady Antebellum will make it to the top 30 by process of elimination. With country radio going into the summer stretch, my confidence in it is at an all-time low. You can thank Zac Brown Band’s new disappointing album and the glut of terrible songs rising up the chart for my attitude. My advice is to just keep the radio off all summer or at least keep it off the mainstream country stations. If you’re one of the lucky ones who has a Red Dirt/Texas station, just tune into that all summer (jealous!). As for me, I’ll stick with my music library.

As always be sure to weigh in on this week’s chart in the comments below.

23 thoughts on “The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [May 9]

  1. Derek Hudgin April 29, 2015 / 11:16 am

    I wish I had a Red Dirt/Texas Country Station. For how big Stillwater, OK was for Red Dirt (CCR, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland), you’d think that the Stillwater area would have a dedicated Red Dirt station. But we don’t, we have one local country station that plays one Red Dirt hit about once every 2 hours. Though we do have 2 different Classic Country stations, so I guess that makes up for it.

    Anyways, with summer rolling around, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a negative double digit pulse in the next month or so. Thank god for iPods and Classic Country radio!

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    • Josh Schott April 29, 2015 / 11:28 am

      Wow I figured you would have a Red Dirt station out that way. That’s kind of crazy. None in my area of course, but I think I have a classic country station too. Although I’m not sure because I haven’t turned my radio on in several months. If I do it’s for baseball or football. Haha.

      Yes I want to see a double digital negative pulse. If we can’t get a positive score, I want to see radio sink even deeper. I’m sure Nelly and Steven Tyler will help the cause. Kid Rock is releasing a single to country radio too, so add another has-been to the list. And just think Luke Bryan hasn’t even released a new terrible single yet. What a time in country music…

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  2. Raymond April 29, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Ok I feel like since we haven’t done a full blown Top 60 in a while I might as well do it

    1. Say You Do +1. It should get 2 weeks at number 1 since Lee is falling Keith is label buddies and well Tyler is gonna have to wait

    2. Drinking Class. 0 I’m just so bred by this song I feel inclined to give it a -1 but I won’t regardless boring song as ever

    3. Raise Em Up.+1 I looked thru Keith Urbans old catalog and man some real gems in there I Told You So Til Summer Comes Around Raining On Sunday some really good songs.

    4. A Guy Walks Into A Bar +1. I’m pumped for Derricks review on the album prediction 3/10

    5. Take Your Time -1. Well Say You Do gets more weeks than this so that’s a win I guess.

    6. Don’t It.0 I’m kinda excited for Billy Curringtons album he does Bro better than most cause he always has such a laid back charm

    7. Smoke. 0 I’m also excited for these guys album still can’t stand the music video though.

    8. Sipping On Fire -1. This one has grown on me a little but I still will probably give it a 0 at the end but it still has to wait.

    9. Homegrown +1. Good job Homegrown your the song so far representing 2015 until Luke Bryan shows up that is

    10. Wild Child +1. Pure filter but nice filter Kenny Chesney has really handled this Album Era really well.

    11. Diamond Rings & Old Barstools +1. Tim is another one whose handled the Era really well having said that this song doesn’t have a lot of life in it.

    12. Baby Be My Love Song 0. This ones grown on me and I’m kinda looking forward too his album actually he’s never been great but I still don’t mind this song

    13. Little Toy Guns +1. Look for this to enter The top 10 next week really Carrie should get Female Vocalist if she gets 2 top 5 songs from a Greatest Hits Album and Miranda gets only 1 while the rest have been very heavily hated there is no reason why Miranda gets it and Carrie doesn’t

    14. Love Me Like You Mean It +1. Minus an awkward opening line and a little too poppy production Kelseas voice and her charisma plus this just hits me in my pop-country sweet spot. Josh who has more country in them Kelsea Ballerini or Sam Hunt and this time there is no third option.

    15. Crushing It.-1 I just can’t despite interesting production this suffers from Little Red Wagon syndrome and it just comes off as a novelty song

    16. She Don’t Love You +1. It’s really grown on me but it’s also heartbreaking seeing this good of a song just struggle.

    17. Love You Like That 0. This has also grown on me I mean yeah there’s still the city boy line but I still enjoy it.

    18. Sangria 0. Radio needs to cool it this ones going too fast and well Josh I think this song will be the one to block Carrie from getting a #1.

    19. Girl Crush +1. ACM song of the year next year and CMA Song of the Year. Josh would you have a problem with that

    20. Young & Crazy 0 Meh.

    21. One Hell Of An Amen +1. This has grown on me a lot and really this song for me especially in the verses are just gripping I like it

    22. Tonight Looks Good On You -1. Just No

    23. Kiss You In The Morning. -1 I don’t see this lasting a whole lot longer for good.

    24. Little Red Wagon-1. Next song on Platinum appears to be Smoking & Drinking

    25. Games -1. Radio cool it with Luke Bryan just please.

    26. Trouble. +1. Man I can’t get enough of this song but they need to announce a title for the album release the album maybe Trouble could pick up some momentum then I just want a Top 20 here.

    27. Like A Wrecking Ball 0. This is a little over the top and ridiculous but I reward him trying something different

    28. Hell Of A Night -1. This one just doesn’t work because it’s just so boring bland & faceless.

    29. Riot +1. This one continues to grow on me seriously if you cut down on the gimmicks and tone down the production a little I would like Rascal Flatts but I do like the song

    30. Loving You Easy. +1. This just hits my sweet spot and I like the effort really this song works for me because despite boring lyrics it’s just so nice.

    Total Upper Score +6. I might actually enjoy radio this summer provided Sam Hunt doesn’t ruin it.

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    • Lisandro Berry-Gaviria April 29, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      I agree with you for the most part Raymond except for these four songs:
      Love Me Like You Mean It -1. I don’t want to insult you Raymond but I just hate this song. Honestly “a little too poppy production” is kind of an understatement in my opinion as I can’t hear any country influences at all in it. And the contradictory first verse grates hard on my nerves. But I can see why you like it as it is a catchy song and Ballerini has an excellent voice. It would be nice to see her come up with some more mature songs and find a spot on country radio, even with pop-influenced music.
      Young & Crazy +1. As a junior in high school I have a soft spot for ode to youth songs. But I like this one even more for its slightly different theme—“how am I ever gonna get to be old and wise if I ain’t ever young and crazy?” I also don’t have too much of a problem with the production either although I guess it could’ve been better.
      Riot 0. The production on this one just doesn’t do it for me and Gary LeVox’s voice has always somewhat annoyed me. Sometimes it sounds too much like his nose is plugged. But even so this song isn’t terrible, it’s a lot better than their last single Payback.
      Loving You Easy 0. As Josh said in his review, this is just another laundry list love song designed for radio play. I also dislike the Motown sound incorporated into it. But I just don’t have the heart to give ZBB a -1 and this song is pretty far from being the worst on JEKYLL + HYDE. I can see why you like this one as well.
      Also I don’t know if it was a typo or something Raymond but at the top of your post you said you were going to review the top 60 but you only did the top 30…I was kind of looking forward to that because I don’t really pay as much attention to the bottom 30 as I should.
      I wholeheartedly agree with your opinion about One Hell of an Amen…without a doubt Brantley Gilbert’s best single yet. Just listening to the song sends chills through me. And have you watched the music video? Really touching. Normally I dislike Gilbert’s music, but this song is great. I’d love to see it hit number 1, although it probably won’t.
      Good point about Carrie too. It’d be great to see her get Female Vocalist over Miranda at the CMAs.

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      • Raymond April 29, 2015 / 10:11 pm

        Ok yeah just bubbly Taylor Kelsea pop-country music is my sweet spot. Kelsea just for me has so much charisma and she just comes off so happy and laid back add her cute voice and well you have a winner song for me
        Young & Crazy just doesn’t do anything for me I like the lyrics and voice but the production just doesn’t make the song stick with me it might later on because it is a little case
        Riot is more of a sympathy one because when Rascal Flatts let’s their voices shine it’s really solid despite mediocre production.
        Eh I don’t focus on lyrics that much hence why I like Kelsea Ballerini or Gloriana’s or ZBB song because all three show great vocals and for that I’m thankful cause lately artists like Cole Swindell,Sam Hunt Thomas Rhett just come off as subpar vocalists which make it so hard to care for them.
        Sorry I didn’t have time today I was too busy.
        It doesn’t give me chills but the lyrics are killer I just wish Brantley at times would tone it down.

        Really Carrie song have fared better on radio and she’s done more for country music the last few years than Miranda has like in 2013 with soldout concerts charity’s The Sound Of The Music there was no reason why Carrie hasn’t won cause she’s pushed herself better artistically while Miranda had just stayed rather there.

        Surprised you’d agree on Gloriana Trouble are you sure it’s not a 0 I’m like the only one who likes it.

        Final question who is more country Kelsea Ballerini or Sam Hunt. There’s no third option.

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      • Lisandro Berry-Gaviria April 30, 2015 / 7:38 am

        You’re right about Gilbert having to tone it down a little, especially in the chorus but really that’s what he does in a lot of his songs since he has a lot of hard rock influences and so he ends up screaming sometimes. Still that doesn’t really take away from One Hell of an Amen that much for me. If I were to grade it I’d probably give it a 9/10
        As for Trouble, I thought the production was pretty good, especially in the last third of the song, and I also like Rachel’s vocals and delivery despite lyrically just being another kiss-off song. I feel like women (and groups with women, like Gloriana and The Band Perry) in country music turn to this kind of song too much—maybe because they feel threatened by all the bro-country assholes. But yeah, I find myself singing along to Trouble as soon as it comes on the radio. Honestly I can’t get enough of it either.
        Hard to answer the last question because Ballerini’s only put out an EP so far so it’s hard to see for sure what her music is going to be like in the future but in a pinch I’d say Ballerini because Hunt’s stuff is just so blatantly pop that there is no way that he could be considered “more country” than anyone else. Saying that Hunt is country is like saying Katy Perry and Bruno Mars are country (although Thomas Rhett seems to disagree). Whereas Ballerini’s music is rooted more in the soft pop subgenre which you could say is closer to country. I can see her making good country music in the future, but I can’t see Hunt.

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      • Raymond April 30, 2015 / 8:53 am

        I will say this Kelsea comes off more happy in her music where as Sam just comes off real pissy. I tend to like those kiss off numbers cause I like the energy. Gloriana in my opinion have never stood out but they’ve never really sold out which makes me like them Rachel Reinert has in my opinion has one of the best voices in country music. Trust me though Brantley’s song is one of the best. I’ll get the bottom half for this later today some of the songs I’m really having to debate where to put them.

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  3. Raymond April 29, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Also Josh terrible pun for Trouble I’m making sure that song gets Top 20 but next week does look nice for it but seriously bad pun.

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  4. SRM April 29, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    You guys have mentioned a few time that “Sierra” should have been Maddie and Tae’s second single, and wonder why it wasn’t. I feel like this is the reason: If they had followed up “Girl In A Country Song” (A song complaining about the sorry portrayals of women in mainstream country) with “Sierra” (A song complaining about how nasty another girl is), they would’ve quickly been given the stigma of “those two girls that just whine about everything”. Considering how tough it is for an all-female act to break through anyways, I feel like they just didn’t want to take any chances.

    Now, the other single option floating around out there was “Smoke”, but since A Thousand horses is also on a subset of Big Machine Records and were releasing their own “Smoke” at the same time, that song was not an option either. I think they went with “Fly” because they had to put out something, and that was the only other song ready at the time, and it showed a vastly different side to them.

    I really like “Fly”, and I am disappointed in its performance, as well as the fact that the “Start Here” album may not even get released, but I think that there’s more going on than we might realize.

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    • Josh Schott April 29, 2015 / 10:31 pm

      Great point SRM. That’s something I didn’t even think of. It would have cast them in a bad light some people’s eyes. And “Smoke” should never be a single as it reminds me way too much of a Miranda Lambert song. A lot would pick up on this. I like Fly also, hence why I gave it a +1 last week. It’s a little lightweight, but I like the instrumentation and the lyrics aren’t terrible.

      The more time that passes the more chance it doesn’t get released. Their sound is the complete opposite of radio right now and unless your name is Carrie or Miranda radio ignores female artists. I could honestly see Maddie & Tae choosing to part with Dot Records and going independent. It would be a real shame. I think they have great potential, but they’re in the wrong time. They could have been huge in the mid-2000s as a replacement for the Dixie Chicks.

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      • SRM April 30, 2015 / 8:43 am

        Which Miranda Lambert song does “Smoke” remind you of?

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      • Raymond April 30, 2015 / 8:58 am

        Eh I heard Smoke and I thought it was good. So far the songs that I’ve heard After The Storm Blows Thru is actually really awesome Josh have you heard it yet.

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    • NoahHibiscusEaton May 1, 2015 / 4:01 am

      Here’s why “Fly” was the wrong choice for the second single, in my view.

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      Firstly, no matter what, yes: Maddie & Tae stare a mainstream country radio climate in the face where the vast majority of women are disenfranchised presently. So it was going to prove a challenge pushing a follow-up to their lead single hit to similar levels of mass chart success.

      But as much as we talk about mainstream country’s female problem, we don’t talk as much about mainstream country radio’s ballad and slow song problem. It’s really looking as though, unless you’re a male A-artist, Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert……….the #14 to #16 position range is the ceiling where ballads from everyone else seem to hit. Jake Owen’s “What We Ain’t Got” more than held is run over a lengthy chart run, but stalled at #14. Eric Paslay’s “She Don’t Love You” is about to peak in that same region. And if Tim McGraw weren’t an A-artist, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” would most certainly not peak any higher than there.

      The key mainstream country listening demographics have become quite desensitized, I think, by the recent utopian parade of endless summer ditties that have congested the chart since the turn of the decade. It has gotten so pervasive that we’ve come to a point where listeners may tolerate one to three slow songs at a time, but anything more is “too much to handle” and overkill………..because of their steady diets of fluffy escapism. They’ll constantly say “Why so serious?” and “After a long day at work, I just want something that doesn’t make me think and makes me feel good!”

      Anyway, leading back to Maddie & Tae……………they already have the odds stacked against them being female artists. But in relying on a ballad as their sophomore single from their to-be debut career album……………without any previous time to develop themselves and their careers and become format staples……………..stacks the odds ever more against them as a double minority: female artists relying on a ballad.

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      Secondly, “Fly” just isn’t connecting with many listeners, and that’s an indisputable fact backed by sales and callout statistics.

      “Fly” is still at a weak #60 on the iTunes Country chart. It just isn’t clicking in terms of sales.

      As for callout research, there’s a clear lack of passion toward this single, according to the latest edition. The good news? It doesn’t have among the most “Negative” scores among the singles in the survey. The bad news? It also is ranked near the bottom of the survey in terms of “Popularity” because the “Positive” scores are also very tepid. It just screams “Meh!” to most everyone…………..and more often than not, more polarizing songs tend to move the needle more than “Meh!” songs because they at least get people talking. “Meh!” songs, in contrast are just……………………there.

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      I personally think it would be wise to pull the plug on “Fly” within the next three weeks, and I am quite confident Dot has a new tempo single waiting in the wing that they have to feel pretty confident about taking up the charts leading up to the duo’s late August album release.

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  5. Zack April 29, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    I was wondering, what has been the lowest pulse so far ever since this began? I think -5 is a new low, but I was curious.

    The only time I listen to my radio anymore is because the DJ’s are extremely funny (and the one secretly hates what’s going on with country right now), plus they host a 3 hour show every Saturday where they play nothing but classic country 🙂

    But I’m not here to preach about that, it’s just that the mainstream has gotten so dull/bad that it’s laughable at this point. I used to love coming home from school to listen to the radio, even at a young age, the slower, more meaningful songs were what struck a chord with me, not the upbeat songs. Now we just got a shit storm of bad music coming at us. 😦

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  6. Zack April 29, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Oops I meant to say that the only time I listen to the radio IS IN THE MORNING, not a big deal but it was bothering me haha

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  7. Pete Marshall April 29, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    Is “Games” Luke Bryan new single? I really like Blake’s new song “Sangria” and it will be his #1 hit for sure.

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    • Raymond April 30, 2015 / 2:01 am

      Games isn’t his new song radio just loves Luke Bryan a little too much and by that a lot. Look for Sangria to #1 before Carrie Underwood Tim McGraw Kenny Chesney Easton Corbin and Kelsea Ballerini have a shot up there. Blake’s promo thing this song like crazy

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  8. BrettS April 30, 2015 / 10:42 am

    Guys, if you have a smart phone you can download the free apps. I have Koke FM and 95.9 the Ranch out of Austin and Ft Worth. They are not pretty good. It’s the only radio I listen to and I live nowhere near Texas

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  9. BrettS April 30, 2015 / 10:43 am

    ” they are pretty good ” no idea why I put a ” not ” in the first comment ha

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  10. Raymond April 30, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Ok here’s my bottom 30 sorry for the delay been busy

    31. Maddie & Tae Fly +1. Not their best song that goes to After The Storm Blows Thru seriously check it out.

    32. Kip Moore I’m To Blame +1. Short ditty that takes responsibility the maturity and grit in Kips voice makes this a winner

    33. Reba Going Out Like That +1. This ones grown on me it’s infectious despite some bad lyrics I just can’t help but love it.

    34. Brett Eldredge Lose My Mind -1. For the first 30 seconds it’s decent but that chorus is so overproduced it’s bad.

    35. Chase Rice Gonna Wanna Tonight -1. I’m sorry bad bro country in just can’t

    36. Big & Rich Run Away With You 0. Bland but not bad.

    37. Lady Antebellum Long Stretch Of Love 0. Just not quite good enough it doesn’t quite stick the landing.

    38. Mickey Guyton Better Than You Left Me +1. As beautiful heartbreaking as it is strong and the production plus the voice only topped by Carrie Underwood makes this a Top-Tier song

    39. Dan + Shay Nothing Like You 0. Grown on me a little this also hits my pop sweet spot a little but still not amazing.

    40. Thomas Rhett Crash & Burn -1. Why can’t the title happen to this guys career.

    41. Parmalee Already Calling You Mine -1. Just way too bad of verses to like I do kinda like the chorus.

    42. Brothers Osborne Stay A Little Longer +1. Just so good Brothers Osborne back up their words.

    43. EYB Turn It On -1. Why must the good fall down so hard.

    44. Jana Kramer I Got The Boy +1. Just so lovely and heartbreaking yet so accepting.

    45. Cole Swindell Let Me See Ya Girl -1. Do I really need to explain.

    46. Austin Webb All CountryOn You -1. Just No.

    47. Kacey Musgraves Biscuits +1. This has grown on me I like the production but I do tend to tune out the chorus.

    48. Gary Allan Hangover Tonight -1. This just doesn’t stand out enough and Gary’s proven better.

    49. Mo Pitney Country +1. Just so nice to hear pure Country

    50. Thompson Square Trans Am -1. This is one I can’t listen too fully

    51. Old Dominion Break Up With Him -1. Talking without making a point automatic -1.

    52. George Strait Let It Go +1. So fun laid back and just puts a smile on my face.

    53. Drake White It Feels Good 0. Such an interesting song the production and voice just are so much fun this guy comes off so happy and laid back.

    54. Casey James Fall Apart. 0 Meh

    55. Cam My Mistake +1. Self aware pure pop country that’s so much fun.

    56. Montgomery Gentry Folks Like Us -1. Not bad not ok just bad.

    57. Chase Bryant Little Bit Of You +1. I really like the fun upbeat production and Chase also gives a good performance I’ll take it.

    58. Sam Hunt House Party -1. Nope

    59. LoCash I Love This Life 0. Awesome verses mediocre chorus equals Meh

    60. Ashley Monroe On To Something Good +1. I like it Ashley has such an amazing voice and this shows it really well.

    Total Score 0

    Overall +6 I’m gonna like this summer!

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  11. ron12274 May 1, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Looks like Lee Brice is finally done after a 30+ week climb. Will probably end up very high on the year end list due to longevity. Right now I’d say Dierks has a good shot at a 2nd week at #1 with Keith/Eric quite a ways back at #2
    Sorta surprised at the sudden Reba/Maddie drops. I guess for Reba it was a last minute push with her album coming out, but it did open up some room for Mickey Guyton who is finally getting close to the top 30

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    • Raymond May 1, 2015 / 10:40 am

      Oh it’s a free for all blood bath where Reba and Maddie are looking at next weeks chart ZBB is out plus there new song should fall temporarily out of the Top 30 Miranda is also done and I think Sam Hunt might fall enough to go recurrent Monday that would leave 4 spots so Kip already has 1 spot secured he’s in the Top 30 no matter what. Thomas Rhett Lady A Reba Maddie Chase Rice and heck Big & Rich are in the battle Mickey also has a slim but plausible chance. So that’s 7 songs now fighting for probably 3 spots if I had to say who manages to squeak in there I think Reba and Maddie could with Thomas Rhett as well I think Chase Rice and Big & Rich are a little too far back Lady A song is still not moving a ton Mickey could potentially end up in 31st but she needs to keep gaining while Brett and the ZBB are behind her she also needs Chase Lady A and B&R to stay flat and she needs to say up if she can manage to somehow squeak by Reba as well she has a shot next week but she has a lot going against her.

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  12. Raymond May 4, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    All righty I’m gonna do my Top 30 prediction for the following week if no one will mind
    1. Say You Do
    2. Raise Em Up
    3. A Guy Walks Into A Bar
    4. Don’t It
    5. Smoke
    6. Sipping On Fire
    7. Drinking Class
    8. Take Your Time
    9. Homegrown
    10. Wild Child
    11-13. Baby Be My Love Song
    11-13. Little Toy Guns
    11-13. Diamond Rings & Old Barstools
    14. Love Me Like You Mean It
    15. Sangria
    16-17. Crushing It
    16-17. Love You Like That
    18-19. Girl Crush
    18-19. She Don’t Love You
    20. Tonight Looks Good On You
    21-22. One Hell Of An Amen
    21-22. Young & Crazy
    23. Kiss You In The Morning
    24. Games
    25. Trouble
    26. Like A Wrecking Ball
    27. Hell Of A Night
    28. Riot
    29. Fly
    30. I’m To Blame or Crash & Burn it’s gonna be close
    Well let’s see how it goes down tonight.

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