The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [July 25]

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. Canaan Smith – “Love You Like That” -1 (Up 3)
  2. Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You” -1 
  3. Blake Shelton – “Sangria” -1 (Down 2)
  4. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” +1 (Up 1)
  5. Brantley Gilbert – “One Hell of an Amen” (Up 1)
  6. Michael Ray – “Kiss You In The Morning” -1 (Up 1)
  7. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1 (Down 4)
  8. Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  9. Frankie Ballard – “Young & Crazy” (Up 3)
  10. Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy” +1 
  11. Brad Paisley – “Crushin’ It” -1 
  12. Dustin Lynch – “Hell of a Night” -1 (Up 1)
  13. Sam Hunt – “House Party” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  14. Thomas Rhett – “Crash and Burn” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  15. Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball” 0 (Up 1)
  16. Chris Janson – “Buy Me A Boat” -1 (Up 1)
  17. Brett Eldredge – “Lose My Mind” -1 (Up 1)
  18. Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ -1 (Up 1)
  19. Maddie & Tae – “Fly” +1 (Up 1)
  20. Jake Owen – “Real Life” -1 (Up 1)
  21. Chase Rice – “Gonna Wanna Tonight” -1 (Up 1)
  22. Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl” -1 (Up 2)
  23. Kip Moore – “I’m To Blame”
  24. Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You” -1 (Up 2)
  25. Lady Antebellum – “Long Stretch of Love” 0
  26. Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  27. Kenny Chesney – “Save It For A Rainy Day” 0 (New to Top 30)
  28. Florida Georgia Line – “Anything Goes” -1 (New to Top 30) [Tied for Worst Song]
  29. Cam – “Burning House” +1 (New to Top 30) [Best Song]
  30. Big & Rich – “Run Away With You” +1 (Down 1)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -14

The pulse fell one spot this week.

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Tim McGraw and Catherine Dunn’s “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” went recurrent and fell from #8 to out of the top 30.
  • Reba’s “Going Out Like That” fell from #28 to out of the top 30 to #31.
  • Brothers Osborne’s “Stay A Little Longer” fell from #30 to out of the top 30 to #32.

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Kenny Chesney’s “Save It For A Rainy Day”
  • Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes”
  • Cam’s “Burning House”

New #1 Song This Week:

  • Canaan Smith – “Love You Like That”

Song I Predict Will Reach #1 Next Week:

  • Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Cam – “Burning House” – Up 11 from #40 to #29
  • Kenny Chesney – “Save It For A Rainy Day” – Up 6 from #33 to #27
  • Three Different Songs Moved Up Three Spots on the Chart

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Tim McGraw & Catherine Dunn – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” – Out of the Top 30
  • Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” – Down 4 from #3 to #7
  • Reba – “Going Out Like That” – Down 3 from #28 to #31

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song”
  • Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  • Lady Antebellum – “Long Stretch of Love”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Chris Young – “I’m Comin’ Over”
  • Reba – “Going Out Like That”
  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”
  • Dierks Bentley – “Riser”

Notes:

  • Who could’ve predicted Canaan Smith’s label making such an artificial push for #1 like this? It came out of nowhere. It worked too, as Smith is this week’s new #1. It could prevent Aldean from getting #1, but I highly doubt country radio would let Aldean get passed over like this. Not to say I wouldn’t mind it happening.
  • “Sangria” had a pretty strong chart run, so strong that I could see it hanging around another week despite having it in my songs I see leaving the top 30 soon spot.
  • Brad Paisley’s “Crushin’ It” might just stick around now, while I think Lady Antebellum could be in trouble with “Long Stretch of Love.” There’s a lot of fast rising songs behind it and radio isn’t as keen to play them. We’ll see.
  • There are two songs I’m going to be watching in relation to each other and they both just entered the top 30: Cam’s “Burning House” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes.” On The Verge push vs The Never Ending Florida Georgia Line push.
  • Alan Jackson’s “Jim and Jack and Hank” had a hot-shot debut at #56 on the chart this week. I’ll be keeping an eye on this too.

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [July 18]

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. Blake Shelton – “Sangria” -1 (Second straight week at #1)
  2. Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You” -1 (Up 2)
  3. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1 (Up 2)
  4. Canaan Smith – “Love You Like That” -1 (Up 3)
  5. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” +1 (Up 3)
  6. Brantley Gilbert – “One Hell of an Amen” (Up 3)
  7. Michael Ray – “Kiss You In The Morning” -1 (Up 3)
  8. Tim McGraw & Catherine Dunn – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” +1 (Down 5) [Best Song]
  9. Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  10. Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy” +1 (Up 3)
  11. Brad Paisley – “Crushin’ It” -1 (Up 1)
  12. Frankie Ballard – “Young & Crazy” (Up 2)
  13. Dustin Lynch – “Hell of a Night” -1 (Up 2)
  14. Sam Hunt – “House Party” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  15. Thomas Rhett – “Crash and Burn” -1 (Up 3) [Tied for Worst Song]
  16. Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball” 0 (Up 1)
  17. Chris Janson – “Buy Me A Boat” -1 (Up 2)
  18. Brett Eldredge – “Lose My Mind” -1 (Up 2)
  19. Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ -1 (Up 3)
  20. Maddie & Tae – “Fly” +1 (Up 1)
  21. Jake Owen – “Real Life” -1 (Up 4)
  22. Chase Rice – “Gonna Wanna Tonight” -1 (Up 1)
  23. Kip Moore – “I’m To Blame” (Up 1)
  24. Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl” -1 (Up 2)
  25. Lady Antebellum – “Long Stretch of Love” 0 (Up 2)
  26. Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You” -1 (Up 3)
  27. Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  28. Reba – “Going Out Like That” -1 (Up 2)
  29. Big & Rich – “Run Away With You” +1 (New to Top 30)
  30. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer” +1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -13

Progress! The pulse improved two spots this week.

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Carrie Underwood’s “Little Toy Guns” went recurrent and fell from #2 to out of the top 30.
  • Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” went recurrent and fell from #6 to out of the top 30.

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Big & Rich’s “Run Away With You”
  • Brothers Osborne’s “Stay A Little Longer”

New #1 Song This Week:

  • Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” remains at #1 for a second straight week.

Song I Predict Will Reach #1 Next Week:

  • Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Jake Owen – “Real Life” – Up 4 from #25 to #21
  • Nine Songs Gained Three Spots

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns” – Out of the Top 30
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Love Me Like You Mean It” – Out of the Top 30
  • Tim McGraw & Catherine Dunn – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” – Down 5 from #3 to #8

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Tim McGraw & Catherine Dunn – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
  • Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song”
  • Brad Paisley – “Crushin’ It”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Florida Georgia Line – “Anything Goes”
  • Kenny Chesney – “Save It For A Rainy Day”
  • Chris Young – “I’m Comin’ Over”
  • Cam – “Burning House”

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [July 11]

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. Blake Shelton – “Sangria” -1 (Up 1)
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns” +1 (Up 1)
  3. Tim McGraw & Catherine Dunn – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” +1 (Up 2) [Best Song]
  4. Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You” -1 (Up 2)
  5. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1 (Down 1)
  6. Kelsea Ballerini – “Love Me Like You Mean It” -1 (Down 5)
  7. Canaan Smith – “Love You Like That” -1 
  8. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” +1 (Up 1)
  9. Brantley Gilbert – “One Hell of an Amen” (Up 1)
  10. Michael Ray – “Kiss You In The Morning” -1 (Up 2)
  11. Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  12. Brad Paisley – “Crushin’ It” -1 (Down 1)
  13. Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy” +1 (Up 2)
  14. Frankie Ballard – “Young & Crazy” 
  15. Dustin Lynch – “Hell of a Night” -1 (Up 1)
  16. Sam Hunt – “House Party” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  17. Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball” 0 
  18. Thomas Rhett – “Crash and Burn” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  19. Chris Janson – “Buy Me A Boat” -1 (Up 1)
  20. Brett Eldredge – “Lose My Mind” -1 (Up 1)
  21. Maddie & Tae – “Fly” +1 (Up 1)
  22. Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ -1 (Up 7)
  23. Chase Rice – “Gonna Wanna Tonight” -1 
  24. Kip Moore – “I’m To Blame”
  25. Jake Owen – “Real Life” -1
  26. Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl” -1 (Up 1)
  27. Lady Antebellum – “Long Stretch of Love” 0 (New to Top 30)
  28. Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  29. Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You” -1 (Down 3)
  30. Reba – “Going Out Like That” -1 (Down 2)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -15

The pulse improved one spot this week.

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Kenny Chesney & Grace Potters’ “Wild Child” went recurrent and fell out of the top 30 from #8.

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Lady Antebellum’s “Long Stretch of Love”

New #1 Song This Week:

  • Blake Shelton’s “Sangria”

Song I Predict Will Reach #1 Next Week:

  • Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” – Up 7 from #29 to #22
  • Lady Antebellum – “Long Stretch of Love” – Up 4 from #31 to #27
  • Seven Songs Gained Two Spots

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter – “Wild Child” – Out of the Top 30
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Love Me Like You Mean It” – Down 5 from #1 to #6
  • Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You” – Down 3 from #26 to #29

Songs I See Leaving The Top 30 Soon:

  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Love Me Like You Mean It”
  • Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song”
  • Brad Paisley – “Crushin’ It”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Florida Georgia Line – “Anything Goes”
  • Kenny Chesney – “Save It For A Rainy Day”
  • Parmalee – “Already Callin’ You Mine”
  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”

Note – I decided to change the format to something more readable and manageable. Also I changed my mind on two songs, which explains the one point improvement. Zac Brown Band’s “Loving You Easy” was changed to a +1 and Eric Church’s “Like A Wrecking Ball” was changed to a 0. I gave both songs further listens and I’ve warmed up on them.

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [July 4]

Kelsea Ballerini

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. Kelsea Ballerini – “Love Me Like You Mean It” -1 (Up 1)
  2. Blake Shelton – “Sangria” -1 (Up 1)
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns” +1 (Up 1)
  4. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1 (Up 1)
  5. Tim McGraw & Catherine Dunn – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” +1 (Up 2) [Best Song]
  6. Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You” -1 (Up 2)
  7. Canaan Smith – “Love You Like That” -1 (Up 2)
  8. Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter – “Wild Child” +1 (Down 7)
  9. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” +1 (Up 1)
  10. Brantley Gilbert – “One Hell of an Amen” (Up 2)
  11. Brad Paisley – “Crushin’ It” -1 
  12. Michael Ray – “Kiss You In The Morning” -1 (Up 1)
  13. Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  14. Frankie Ballard – “Young & Crazy” 
  15. Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy” (Up 1)
  16. Dustin Lynch – “Hell of a Night” -1 (Up 1)
  17. Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball” -1 (Up 1)
  18. Sam Hunt – “House Party” -1 (Up 3) [Tied for Worst Song]
  19. Thomas Rhett – “Crash and Burn” -1 [Tied for Worst Song]
  20. Chris Janson – “Buy Me A Boat” -1 (Up 2)
  21. Brett Eldredge – “Lose My Mind” -1 (Up 2)
  22. Maddie & Tae – “Fly” +1 (Up 2)
  23. Chase Rice – “Gonna Wanna Tonight” -1 (Up 4)
  24. Kip Moore – “I’m To Blame” (Up 1)
  25. Jake Owen – “Real Life” -1 (Re-Entered Top 30)
  26. Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You” -1 (Up 4)
  27. Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl” -1 (Up 1)
  28. Reba – “Going Out Like That” -1 (Up 1)
  29. Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ -1 (Down 3)
  30. Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him” -1 (New To Top 30) [Tied for Worst Song]

Florida Georgia Line’s “Sippin’ On Fire” went recurrent and fell from #6 to out of the top 30.

Rascal Flatts’ “Riot” went recurrent and fell from #20 to out of the top 30.

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -16

The pulse falls one spot from -15 last week to -16 this week. There were two songs that went recurrent and fell out of the top 30 this week. The first was Florida Georgia Line’s “Sippin’ On Fire,” which radio treated like every other Florida Georgia Line song and handed its complimentary #1 ranking to them a few weeks back. I hope I never hear this song again. The second song to fall out surprised me and that song was Rascal Flatts’ “Riot.” It moved up two spots last week and had steadily moved up over the last few weeks on the chart. So I guess Rascal Flatts’ string of mediocre performing singles at radio will continue. You have to think their days of radio spotlight are pretty much finished at this point. The two songs to enter the top 30 this week are not good at all (shocker!). The first is a song that re-enters the top 30 after debuting in it a few weeks back. That song is Jake Owen’s “Real Life,” which is one of the most disappointing singles of the year. I hope the album is better. The second song to enter the top 30 this week is Old Dominion’s “Break Up With Him.” With its arrival, there is now a four-way tie for worst song. Isn’t this just peachy?

The new #1 song this week is Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It.” I’m on record as to not liking this song at all. But I’ll give Ballerini and her label Black River Entertainment credit for getting a debut single to reach #1. It’s also the first female debut single to hit #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart since Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take The Wheel” in 2006 (9 damn years). That being said I still don’t think this is progress for female artists at country radio and don’t try to convince me otherwise. Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” will be the new #1 next week, making it the dullest drinking song I’ve ever heard top the chart. I’m going to be an optimist and predict Carrie Underwood hits #1 in two weeks with “Little Toy Guns.” Both “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” and “Tonight Looks Good on You” are rising fast behind it. It’ll be close that’s for sure.

The biggest gainers this week were Jake Owen’s “Real Life,” which moved up nine spots from #34 to #25, Sam Hunt’s “House Party,” moved up four spots from #21 to #18, Chase Rice’s “Gonna Wanna Tonight” moved up four spots from #27 to #23 and Dan + Shay’s “Nothin’ Like You” moved up four spots from #30 to #26 (???). The biggest losers this week were the two recurrent songs along with Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s “Wild Child.” As for songs I see leaving the top 30 soon, “Wild Child” will be gone next week. Easton Corbin’s “Baby Be My Love Song” should be gone within a few weeks. Another song that I think will drop out soon is Brad Paisley’s “Crushin’ It.” It lost airplay this week and it remained at #11 on the chart. If I were Paisley I would be preparing the next single.

Two 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 Lady Antebellum’s “Long Stretch of Love,” Parmalee’s “Already Callin’ You Mine,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes” and Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over.” Lady A is right on the cusp of the top 30 and should make it within a couple of weeks. Parmalee’s “Already Callin’ You Mine” is perfect in this country radio climate and I’m surprised it hasn’t made the top 30 yet. For those hoping the next Florida Georgia Line single is any better, I have bad news. “Anything Goes” is just as terrible as “Sippin’ On Fire.” Remember “Dirt” is the only good song they’ve ever done and everything else is…well you know. Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over” has been steadily rising up the chart and…wait a minute. I like this song! What is this sorcery? An actual good song possibly entering the top 30? This is like the first great news in the pulse for weeks. I’ll take the small victory! Now we just need like 20 more quality songs in the top 30 and we can maybe have a positive score again.

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [June 27]

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. Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter – “Wild Child” +1 (Up 1)
  2. Kelsea Ballerini – “Love Me Like You Mean It” -1 (Up 3)
  3. Blake Shelton – “Sangria” -1 (Up 1)
  4. Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns” +1 (Down 1)
  5. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1 (Up 1)
  6. Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”  -1 (Down 5)
  7. Tim McGraw & Catherine Dunn – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” +1 (Up 2) [Best Song]
  8. Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good On You” -1 (Up 2)
  9. Canaan Smith – “Love You Like That” -1 (Up 2)
  10. Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” +1 (Up 2)
  11. Brad Paisley – “Crushin’ It” -1 (Up 2)
  12. Brantley Gilbert – “One Hell of an Amen” (Up 2)
  13. Michael Ray – “Kiss You In The Morning” -1 (Up 2)
  14. Frankie Ballard – “Young & Crazy” (Up 2)
  15. Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  16. Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy” (Up 2)
  17. Dustin Lynch – “Hell of a Night” -1 (Up 2)
  18. Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball” -1 (Up 2)
  19. Thomas Rhett – “Crash and Burn” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  20. Rascal Flatts – “Riot” (Up 2)
  21. Sam Hunt – “House Party” -1 (Up 4) [Tied for Worst Song]
  22. Chris Janson – “Buy Me A Boat” -1 (Up 1)
  23. Brett Eldredge – “Lose My Mind” -1 (Up 3)
  24. Maddie & Tae – “Fly” +1 
  25. Kip Moore – “I’m To Blame” (Up 2)
  26. Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” -1 (New to Top 30)
  27. Chase Rice – “Gonna Wanna Tonight” -1 (Up 1)
  28. Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl” -1 (Up 2)
  29. Reba – “Going Out Like That” -1 
  30. Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You” -1 (New to Top 30)

A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke” went recurrent and fell from #7 to out of the top 30.

Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” went recurrent and fell from #8 to out of the top 30.

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -15

The pulse falls one spot from -14 last week to -15 this week. There were two songs that went recurrent and fell out of the top 30 this week. The first was A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke,” which had already had a nice run on the chart and reached #1 two weeks ago. It was just an average song. The other song was Billy Currington’s “Don’t It,” which also reached #1 on the chart three weeks ago. Both singles were on the way out and it’s no surprise they fell out of the top 30 this week. The two new songs to enter the top 30 absolutely suck. The first is Keith Urban’s new monstrosity of a song, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” It’s one of the worst songs of the year and in my opinion the worst single of Urban’s career. The second new song is Dan + Shay’s “Nothin’ Like You.” If you don’t remember these two, they look like they were plucked out of a J Crew catalog and were handed guitars by country music executives. Don’t you appreciate how country music is offering not just one type of crap, but a variety of crap? Bro country, disco country, straight pop music, boy band music, loud noises and more only on country radio!

The new #1 song this week is Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s “Wild Child.” I’ll be honest this song hasn’t aged as well for me. It’s barely a +1 and the bar being lowered so much helps. Let’s just say this: I was very kind giving this song a +1. As for what song will be the next #1, I think the logjam behind it has sorted out and we now have a clear picture of what’s going to happen next. And I’m not happy with the order. Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” is set to be the new #1 next week and to me this just feels like another low point for country music in 2015. This is a straight pop song. Don’t give me this crap about it’s just nice to see a female artist top the chart either. I want quality, male or female, topping the chart. This isn’t quality. “Sangria” will be the top song after that and then if we’re lucky Carrie gets to #1. But I just have a bad feeling in my gut that they screw her over yet again. I wouldn’t be surprised.

The biggest gainers this week were Sam Hunt’s “House Party,” which moved up four spots from #25 to #21, Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” moved up three spots to #2 and Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind” moved up three spots to #23. The biggest losers this week were both songs that fell out of the top 30, along with Florida Georgia Line’s “Sippin’ On Fire,” which fell five spots to #6. As for the songs I see leaving the top 30 soon, “Sippin’ On Fire” should be gone next week. So make sure you enjoy a Florida Georgia Line-free week, one of the very little silver linings you’ll get from the chart. “Wild Child” will begin making its way out next week too. Easton Corbin’s “Baby Be My Love Song” is definitely peaking and is another song that should be on its way out soon also. Other than that I don’t see any other songs dropping out soon.

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 Old Dominion’s “Break Up With Him,” Jake Owen’s “Real Life,” Lady Antebellum’s “Long Stretch of Love” and Parmalee’s “Already Callin’ You Mine.” I’m pretty shocked Dan + Shay hopped over Old Dominion and made the top 30 before them. “Break Up With Him” is just the type of trash country radio loves right now, so it should definitely be in the top 30 next week. Jake Owen’s “Real Life” made a small rebound this week and will be back in the top 30 within two weeks. Lady Antebellum’s “Long Stretch of Love” is just behind Old Dominion in airplay and should be in the top 30 within a few weeks. Finally the last song I see making it in the top 30 soon is Parmalee’s “Already Callin’ You Mine.” I have yet to review Parmalee on the site and I’ve been holding my thoughts in on them for a while. So you’ll hear how much I hate this group when I review this song. In the words of Bon Jovi, “ooooooooh we’re halfway there….” to the worst possible score the pulse can get (by the way I bet we’ll get a country album from them soon too).

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