The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [May 31]

Blake Shelton Came Here To Forget

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 a 5 or 6 receive a 0. Songs rated 4 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. Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget” -1 (Up 3)
  2. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 
  3. Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt” -1 (Up 2)
  4. Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day” -1 (Up 2)
  5. Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” +1 (Up 2)
  6. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” -1 (Down 3)
  7. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Down 6)
  8. Keith Urban – “Wasted Time” -1 (Up 1)
  9. Maren Morris – “My Church” +1 (Up 1)
  10. Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On” -1 (Up 2)
  11. Kenny Chesney – “Noise” 0
  12. Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells” +1 (Up 2)
  13. Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots” +1 
  14. Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.” -1 (Up 2)
  15. Eric Church – “Record Year” +1 [Best Song]
  16. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1 (Up 1) [Worst Song]
  17. Jake Owen – “American Generic Country Love Song” -1 (Up 1)
  18. David Nail – “Night’s On Fire” -1 (Up 1)
  19. Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink” +1 (Up 2)
  20. Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With a Beer” +1 
  21. Sam Hunt – “Make You Miss Me” -1 (Up 2)
  22. Dan + Shay – “From The Ground Up”
  23. Kip Moore – “Running For You” +1 (Up 1)
  24. Canaan Smith – “Meh” -1 (Up 1)
  25. Tucker Beathard – “Rock On” -1 (Up 1)
  26. Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan” -1 (Up 1)
  27. Zac Brown Band – “Castaway” 0 (Up 2)
  28. William Michael Morgan – “I Met A Girl” +1 
  29. Brad Paisley & Demi Lovato – “Without A Fight” +1 (Re-Entered Top 30 This Week)
  30. Jennifer Nettles – “Unlove You” +1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -5

The pulse improved one spot this week.

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You”
  • Big & Rich (feat. Tim McGraw) – “Lovin’ Lately”

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Brad Paisley & Demi Lovato – “Without A Fight”
  • Jennifer Nettles – “Unlove You”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Brad Paisley & Demi Lovato – “Without A Fight” – Up 4 from #33 to #29
  • Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget” – Up 3 from #4 to #1

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” – Out of the Top 30
  • Big & Rich (feat. Tim McGraw) – “Lovin’ Lately” – Out of the Top 30 (Down to #31)
  • Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” – Down 6 from #1 to #7

Songs I See Going Recurrent & Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader”
  • Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach”
  • Old Dominion – “Snapback”
  • Kenny Chesney – “Noise”
  • Tucker Beathard – “Rock On”
  • Side Note: We’re way overdue for a little purge on the chart after weeks of having a glut of songs playing chess at the top of the chart.

On The Hot Seat:

  • Maren Morris – “My Church”
  • Chris Lane – “Fix”
  • Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With A Beer”
  • Canaan Smith – “Meh”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Billy Currington – “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”
  • Dierks Bentley & Elle King – “Different For Girls”
  • Blake Shelton – “She’s Got A Way With Words”
  • Cole Swindell – “Middle of a Memory”

 

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

6 thoughts on “The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [May 31]

  1. Derek Hudgin June 1, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Sheesh. Blake’s boring song is #1?

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  2. OlaR June 1, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Blake Shelton on #1 & “Meh” will not die.
    No bullet for “Snapback” & “T-Shirt” is close.
    “Night’s on Fire” 43 weeks & counting.

    Billboard Country Airplay:
    Hot Shot Debut: #32 – Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King – “Different For Girls”
    New: #59 – Runaway June – “Lipstick”
    Re-Entry: #55 – Easton Corbin – “Are You With Me”

    Billboard Texas Regional Radio Report:
    #1 – Bri Bagwell – “Half As Good” (Yes!, Yes!, Yes!)

    Billboard Top Country Albums:
    #1 – Blake Shelton – If I’m Honest (New)
    #2 – Chris Stapleton – Traveller
    #3 – Keith Urban – Ripcord
    .
    #16 – The Highwaymen – Live: American Outlaws (New)

    Billboard Canada Country National Airplay:
    #1 – Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day”
    #2 – Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt”
    #3 – Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget”
    .
    #7 – Dean Brody – “Monterey” (Highest canadian track)

    Show Dog Nashville (the Toby Keith label) signed Waterloo Revival (Source: Music Row)
    The next Old Dominion single will be “Song For Another Time” (also known as the “Song Title Name Drop Song”). (Source: Music Row)
    Curb Records will release the Dylan Scott debut album 8/12. (Source: Music Row)
    LoCash will release an album (The Fighters) on Reviver Records (6/17). (Source: Music Row)

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  3. Danik June 1, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Fantastic new album, not sure if anyone mentioned it. Meghan Patrick “Grace & Grit”. Really good Canadian talent!

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  4. OlaR June 1, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Yes. i did (5/4): Meghan Patrick – “Grace & Grit” (Iron Songbird)
    Current single is “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” (a fast country rocker). The track was a top 20 hit (Canadian National Airplay). I prefer her album & voice over Madeline Merlo. The production & song selection is better. “Still Loving You” is a duet with Joe Nichols. A radio-friendly midtempo track. Best songs: “Long Way From Waylon”, “I Won’t Drink”, “I Believe In Beer” & the Joe Nichols duet. 8/10.

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  5. jess June 1, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Question- am I the only one who thinks Jon Pardi (voice) sounds exactly like FGL? Music behind it is great… I only realized over the weekend that Head Over Boots wasn’t by FGL.

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  6. Nadia Lockheart June 3, 2016 / 3:46 am

    It is official (but obvious): Republic Nashville has declared “H.O.L.Y.” is going for Adult Top 40 airplay now.

    They’re certainly making a smart move in striking while the iron is red hot. Valory waited too long to give “Die A Happy Man” an adds date at other formats and then botched the release strategy when they couldn’t decide whether to allow Nelly to push his own cover as a single or to promote the original. Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” also got a crossover bid too late and it failed to make any large impact at Pop radio.

    “H.O.L.Y.” has become a career hit for Florida Georgia Line that still shows no signs of slowing, and it was practically devoid of country sounds to begin with so it’s perfect for mainstream listeners. We’re all but certainly looking at another double-digit long #1 run in weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs mongrel chart. It remains to be seen whether this can catch fire on mainstream airwaves like “Cruise” did, but even if it doesn’t become quite as big on Pop radio, I won’t be surprised to see this become a big Adult Contemporary hit for them.

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