The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [September 12]

Hunt Montevallo

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. Sam Hunt – “House Party” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  2. Dustin Lynch – “Hell of a Night” -1 (Up 1)
  3. Thomas Rhett – “Crash and Burn” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  4. Chris Janson – “Buy Me A Boat” -1 (Up 1)
  5. Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ -1 (Up 1)
  6. Frankie Ballard – “Young & Crazy” (Down 5)
  7. Brett Eldredge – “Lose My Mind” -1 (Up 1)
  8. Kenny Chesney – “Save It For A Rainy Day” 0 (Up 1)
  9. Maddie & Tae – “Fly” +1 (Up 3)
  10. Florida Georgia Line – “Anything Goes” -1 (Up 4) [Tied for Worst Song]
  11. Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball” 0 
  12. Chase Rice – “Gonna Wanna Tonight” -1 (Up 1)
  13. Luke Bryan – “Strip It Down” -1 (Up 3) [Tied for Worst Song]
  14. Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  15. Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy” +1 (Down 8)
  16. Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  17. Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You” -1 (Up 1)
  18. Blake Shelton – “Gonna” -1 (Up 4)
  19. Jake Owen – “Real Life” -1  
  20. Lady Antebellum – “Long Stretch of Love”
  21. Kip Moore – “I’m To Blame”
  22. Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break” +1 (Up 2)
  23. Cam – “Burning House” +1 [Best Song] 
  24. Chris Young – “I’m Comin’ Over” +1 (Up 1)
  25. Big & Rich – “Run Away With You” +1 (Up 1)
  26. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer” (Up 1)
  27. Tim McGraw – “Top of the World” -1 (Up 2)
  28. Parmalee – “Already Callin’ You Mine” -1
  29. Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here” -1 (Up 1)
  30. Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs” -1 (Re-Entered Top 30) [Tied for Worst Song]

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -12

The pulse remains the same this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Michael Ray’s “Kiss You In The Morning” went recurrent and fell from #10 to out of the top 30.

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs”

New #1 Song This Week:

  • Sam Hunt – “House Party”

Song I Predict Will Reach #1 Next Week:

  • Dustin Lynch – “Hell of a Night”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Blake Shelton – “Gonna” – Up 4 from #22 to #18
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Anything Goes” – Up 4 from #14 to #10
  • Luke Bryan – “Strip It Down” – Up 3 from #16 to #13
  • Maddie & Tae – “Fly” – Up 3 from #12 to #9

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Michael Ray – “Kiss You In The Morning” – Out of the Top 30
  • Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy” – Down 8 from #7 to #15
  • Frankie Ballard – “Young and Crazy” – Down 5 from #1 to #6

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy”
  • Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball”
  • Kip Moore – “I’m To Blame”
  • Jake Owen – “Real Life”
  • Big & Rich – “Run Away With You”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • LoCash – “I Love This Life”
  • Hunter Hayes – “21”
  • Jana Kramer – “I Got The Boy”
  • Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You”

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

10 thoughts on “The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [September 12]

  1. Raymond September 2, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    I’m glad you finally acknowledged LoCash could enter.

    While I’m not gonna defend any of the songs you have as tied for worst as

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    • Raymond September 2, 2015 / 1:26 pm

      As their all awful. Clearly they can’t all be equal in how terribile they are as I don’t see each song as equal in terms of how bad they are. Like Break Up With Him is not country and teribile lyrics. While with Lemme See Ya Girl has a bad vocal bad production,and melody and terrible lyrics.

      I just think that their should be one definitive worst song as each song while bad some commit worst crimes than others. Break Up With Him has awful lyrics and terrible spoken word. Where as like Strip It Down is just a badly written sex R&B pop song that’s decently performed.

      I think if the singer has a decent voice (Kelsea, Luke, and Sam Hunt) and at least perform the song well that’s better than a song that is equally offensive but has a worst vocalist (Cole, FGL, Thomas). Eh maybe I’m just nitpicking here. Maybe country music will eventually come around. Until then I am going to just listen to music I like.

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  2. John in Georgia September 2, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    It’s cliche, but I’m convinced that Luke Bryan could rap the phone book and score a #1 country hit. Actually, the Yellow Pages would be a lyrical improvement over Luke’s last two singles.

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  3. Derek Hudgin September 2, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    I haven’t heard that LoCash song yet, but I get a feeling that it sucks. And I must be harsher because my pulse sits at -16 this week.

    My differences:
    “Wrecking Ball” -1
    “Loving You Easy” 0
    “Long Stretch of Love” -1
    “I’m Coming Over” 0
    “Run Away With You” 0

    Maddie & Tae in the top 10 is awesome to see!

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    • Raymond September 2, 2015 / 2:14 pm

      Wait Derek I thought Long Stretch Of Love is a 0 I thought at least.

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    • Lisandro Berry-Gaviria September 2, 2015 / 5:18 pm

      No offense, Derek, but shouldn’t your pulse be at -17 then, if you have five songs that you grade lower than Josh and none higher? Sorry for being a stickler.

      “I Love This Life” isn’t horribly offensive, but it’s not country and definitely deserves a -1. Just boring and bland.

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      • Derek Hudgin September 2, 2015 / 8:46 pm

        Oh yeah, my math is off! -17 it is. Thanks

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  4. Lisandro Berry-Gaviria September 2, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe “Hell Of A Night” is going to hit #1 in its f@cking 44th week on the chart. It amazes me how much the labels will push these ridiculously bland bro-country songs.

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  5. ron12274 September 2, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    I think stay a little longer is a +1. The song has really grown on me, particularly the guitars at the end

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