The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [April 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 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. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (Up 1)
  2. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” -1 (Up 1)
  3. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” (Up 2)
  4. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Up 2)
  5. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 (Down 4)
  6. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Up 2)
  7. Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” +1 (Up 2)
  8. Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget” -1 (Up 2)
  9. Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Ever Day” -1 (Up 3)
  10. Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt” -1 (Up 4)
  11. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 
  12. Maren Morris – “My Church” +1 (Up 1)
  13. Kenny Chesney – “Noise” 0 (Up 2)
  14. Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots” +1 (Up 2)
  15. Keith Urban – “Wasted Time” -1 (Up 2)
  16. Eric Church – “Record Year” +1 (Up 3) [Best Song]
  17. Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On” -1 (Up 4)
  18. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1 (Up 2) [Worst Song]
  19. Jake Owen – “American Generic Country Love Song” -1 (Up 4)
  20. Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With a Beer” +1 (Up 2)
  21. David Nail – “Night’s On Fire” -1 (Up 3)
  22. Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink” +1 (Up 3)
  23. Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells” +1 (Up 7)
  24. Canaan Smith – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing That Nobody Cares About”-1 (Up 2)
  25. Dan + Shay – “From The Ground Up” (Up 2)
  26. Kip Moore – “Running For You” +1 (Up 2)
  27. Tucker Beathard – “Rock On” -1 (Up 2)
  28. Sam Hunt – “Make You Miss Me” -1 (New to Top 30)
  29. William Michael Morgan – “I Met A Girl” +1 (New to Top 30)
  30. Big & Rich (feat. Tim McGraw) – “Lovin’ Lately” +1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -6

The pulse improved four spots this week!

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here”
  • Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You” (Nananana, nananana, hey, hey, hey…goodbye!)
  • Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober”

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Sam Hunt – “Make You Miss Me”
  • William Michael Morgan – “I Met A Girl”
  • Big & Rich (feat. Tim McGraw) – “Lovin’ Lately”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells” – Up 7 from #30 to #23
  • Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On” – Up 4 from #21 to #17
  • Jake Owen – “American Generic Country Love Song” – Up 4 from #23 to #19
  • Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt” – Up 4 from #14 to #10

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” – Out of the Top 30
  • Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You” – Out of the Top 30
  • Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” – Out of the Top 30

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

  • Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” (A top 30 without Rascal Flatts…I like the sound of that!)
  • Lee Brice – “That Don’t Like Sound Like You”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Chris Lane – “Fix”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Zac Brown Band – “Castaway”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”
  • Billy Currington – “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”
  • Florida Georgia Line’s new single being released soon

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [April 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 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. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 (Up 1)
  2. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (Up 1)
  3. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” -1 (Up 4)
  4. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” -1 (Down 3)
  5. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” (Up 1)
  6. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Down 1)
  7. Chase Bryant – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing That Nobody Cares About”-1 (Down 3)
  8. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Up 1)
  9. Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” +1 (Up 2)
  10. Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget” -1 (Up 2)
  11. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 (Down 1)
  12. Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Ever Day” -1 (Up 2)
  13. Maren Morris – “My Church” +1 
  14. Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt” -1 (Up 1)
  15. Kenny Chesney – “Noise” 0 (Up 1)
  16. Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots” +1 (Up 1)
  17. Keith Urban – “Wasted Time” -1 (Up 4)
  18. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 
  19. Eric Church – “Record Year” +1 (Up 1) [Best Song]
  20. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1 (Down 1) [Worst Song]
  21. Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On” -1 (Up 7)
  22. Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With a Beer” +1 
  23. Jake Owen – “American Generic Country Love Song” -1
  24. David Nail – “Night’s On Fire” -1 
  25. Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink” +1 (Up 1)
  26. Canaan Smith – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing That Nobody Cares About”-1 (Down 1)
  27. Dan + Shay – “From The Ground Up”
  28. Kip Moore – “Running For You” +1 (Up 1)
  29. Tucker Beathard – “Rock On” -1 (Up 1)
  30. Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells” +1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -10

The pulse improved two spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love”

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Florida Georgia Line – “Confession”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On” – Up 7 from #28 to #21
  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells” – Up 5 from #35 to #30
  • Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” – Up 4 from #7 to #3
  • Keith Urban – “Wasted Time” – Up 4 from #21 to #17

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” – Out of the Top 30
  • Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” – Down 3 from #1 to #4
  • Chase Bryant – “Song That Will Finally Be Going Away” – Down 3 from #4 to #7

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

  • Chase Bryant – “Yay It’s Finally Leaving”
  • Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober”
  • Chris Lane – “Fix”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You”
  • Canaan Smith – “Hole In A Bottle”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Sam Hunt – “Make You Miss Me”
  • William Michael Morgan – “I Met A Girl”
  • Big & Rich (feat. Tim McGraw) – “Lovin’ Lately”
  • Zac Brown Band – “Castaway”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [April 11]

Cole Swindell You Should Be Here

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. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” -1 
  2. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 
  3. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” 
  4. Chase Bryant – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing That Nobody Cares About”-1 (Up 1)
  5. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Up 1)
  6. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” (Up 1)
  7. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” -1 (Up 1)
  8. Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” -1 (Down 4)
  9. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 
  10. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 (Up 1)
  11. Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” +1 (Down 1)
  12. Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget” -1 
  13. Maren Morris – “My Church” +1 
  14. Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Ever Day” -1 (Up 2)
  15. Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt” -1 
  16. Kenny Chesney – “Noise” 0 (Up 2)
  17. Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots” +1 
  18. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 (Up 1)
  19. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1 (Up 2) [Worst Song]
  20. Eric Church – “Record Year” +1 (Up 2) [Best Song]
  21. Keith Urban – “Wasted Time” -1 (Down 1)
  22. Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With a Beer” +1 (Up 1)
  23. Jake Owen – “American Generic Country Love Song” -1 (Up 1)
  24. David Nail – “Night’s On Fire” -1 (Up 2)
  25. Canaan Smith – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing That Nobody Cares About”-1 (Up 3)
  26. Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink” +1 (Down 1)
  27. Dan + Shay – “From The Ground Up”
  28. Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On” -1 (Up 1)
  29. Kip Moore – “Running For You” +1 (Up 1)
  30. Tucker Beathard – “Rock On” -1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -12

The pulse dropped two spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame”

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Tucker Beathard – “Rock On”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Tucker Beathard – “Rock On” – Up 16 from #46 to #30 (If you’re wondering how this song moved up out of nowhere, it’s the latest On The Verge pick. On The Verge is pretty hit or miss…this one is a miss)
  • Canaan Smith – “Who Cares What The Name Is” – Up 3 from #28 to #25

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” – Out of the Top 30
  • Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” – Down 2 from #2 to #4

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

  • Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love”
  • Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink”
  • Chris Lane – “Fix”
  • Maren Morris – “My Church”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Sam Hunt – “Make You Miss Me”
  • William Michael Morgan – “I Met A Girl”
  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”
  • Zac Brown Band – “Castaway”

Note: So we had a pretty lively discussion in this space last week due to my little rant on country radio. I still stand by what I said. No rant from me this week, but I want to share a very thought-provoking piece and a specific excerpt from it regarding Stapleton and country radio. It’s pretty relevant with Stapleton falling off the chart this week and coming off the discussion last week. The wonderful Windmills Country brought this to my attention (you need to follow her if you don’t). R.J. Curtis of All Access wrote a review of the ACM Awards and how lackluster and “meh” it was. At end of it he comments on Stapleton. Here’s the excerpt (emphasis mine):

I know artists that win are excited, probably nervous, and there’s a red light blinking, telling them to wrap up. But it’s been commonplace for them to give radio props for supporting their music with airplay. Country radio, more than all other formats, plays such a vital role in artist development, and that relationship has been as close to symbiotic as possible over the years. In some ways, I don’t fault Stapleton for leaving out radio, because I doubt it was intentional. But as much as radio will always be in my DNA, I’m not sure radio deserved a thanks from Stapleton. Programmers have been ambivalent about his music since the first single, “Traveller.” Only after a breathtaking and press-generating performance on the CMAs did most get on board – somewhat begrudgingly – with “Nobody To Blame.” And even last night, in the minutes just after the ACMs, when Stapleton had just won a record-tying six awards in a single night, you had some radio people posting on social media questioning his worthiness of those awards, claiming they still don’t “get it,” and saying it’s an inside, industry thing.

Well, what it is, is low hanging fruit. He just won a shit-ton of awards and knocked it out of the park on national TV. So Country P-1s – and people who might be interested in Country – might still be expecting to hear Stapleton on a local Country station. You don’t have to love the taste of the fruit, but if you’re in the produce business, it’s probably smart to pick it and take credit for growing it.

Some food for thought to ponder and discuss.

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [April 4]

Cole Swindell You Should Be Here

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. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” -1 
  2. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 (Up 1)
  3. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (Up 1)
  4. Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” -1 (Down 2)
  5. Chase Bryant – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing That Nobody Cares About”-1 
  6. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Up 1)
  7. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” (Up 1)
  8. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” -1 (Up 2)
  9. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Up 2)
  10. Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” +1 (Up 4)
  11. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 (Up 4)
  12. Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget” -1 (Up 4)
  13. Maren Morris – “My Church” +1 
  14. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” +1 (Down 2)
  15. Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt” -1 (Up 2)
  16. Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Ever Day” -1 (Up 2)
  17. Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots” +1 (Up 2)
  18. Kenny Chesney – “Noise” 0 (Up 3)
  19. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 (Up 1)
  20. Keith Urban – “Wasted Time” -1 (New to Top 30)
  21. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1 (Up 1) [Worst Song]
  22. Eric Church – “Record Year” +1 (Up 1) [Best Song]
  23. Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With a Beer” +1 (Up 1)
  24. Jake Owen – “American Generic Country Love Song” -1 (Up 3)
  25. Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink” +1 (Up 1)
  26. David Nail – “Night’s On Fire” -1 (Down 1)
  27. Dan + Shay – “From The Ground Up” (Up 2)
  28. Canaan Smith – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing That Nobody Cares About”-1
  29. Jason Aldean – “Light’s Come On” -1 (New to Top 30)
  30. Kip Moore – “Running For You” +1

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -10

The pulse dropped one spot this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat”
  • Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug”

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Keith Urban – “Wasted Time”
  • Jason Aldean – “Light’s Come On”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” – Up 4 from #14 to #10
  • Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” – Up 4 from #15 to #11
  • Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget” – Up 4 from #16 to #12

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” – Out of the Top 30
  • Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat” – Out of the Top 30
  • Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” – Down 2 from #2 to #4

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

  • Florida Georgia Line – “Confession”
  • Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love”
  • Chase Bryant – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing”
  • Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame”
  • Maren Morris – “My Church”
  • Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober”
  • Chris Lane – “Fix”

On The Hot Seat:

  • None

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Sam Hunt – “Make You Miss Me”
  • William Michael Morgan – “I Met A Girl”
  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”
  • Eric Paslay – “High Class”

Comment: This is a case of same old shit, different week. While the rest of country music embraces Stapleton, radio dismisses him. I can’t say I’m surprised. But Stapleton is further proof that country radio is meaningless and those with true talent do not need it. Only the likes of Lynch, Bryant, Lane, Ballard, Ballerini and the rest of the B and C-level artists “need it.” They need it so they can convince some asshole in a suit they’re marketable, so he can turn around and tell a bunch of gullible mainstream fans they’re great and they matter. The ultimate truth is country radio is a house of cards that continues to get closer to collapse. I look forward to the day it dies. It can’t come soon enough. You can dismiss my argument as sour grapes, but deep down you know over half of the artists listed above are disposable hacks. They’re not true artists who have paid their dues and honed their craft. They’re pretty people with marketable personalities who are willing to bend over backwards for suits on Music Row and cater to their word. I feel bad for every artist with talent on big labels not named Chris Stapleton because the machine will eventually get them. The great news though is you don’t need country radio. Nobody needs it because the amount of talent in country and Americana outside of the radio bubble is immense and it will never die.

Few other thoughts: Maren Morris’ “My Church” losing airplay is once again is an absolute joke and should have went on to be #1. Instead room is made for Lee freaking Brice’s “That Don’t Sound Like You.” It’s a whiny, douche-y song that should have went recurrent months ago, but since Curb Records has scared away every smart artist in Nashville to the point that Brice is their only artist slightly close to marketable left that they have to resort to behind the scenes payola to continue to prop this forgettable song up the chart. Why else would Curb be picking up the scraps from other labels? They’re an absolute joke of a label and they represent the true corruptness of Nashville. I can only hope Mo Pitney gets the hell out of there as quickly as possible before they torpedo his career before it begins.

Nobody talks about this artist, but why would you? I’m referring of course to Dustin Lynch, who manages to have about every song of his rise up to the top of the airplay charts, yet who the hell cares about this guy outside of radio? His cowboy hat is about as sincere as the lyrics in his songs. If Lynch stopped making music tomorrow, the world wouldn’t notice because we’re too busy thinking about artists that actually matter. Then you have Brantley Gilbert’s “Stone Cold Sober.” This song flat-lined weeks ago and yet here it is still sitting in the top 20. The song should have never even cracked the top 30, but once again we have a label propping up a zombie song that should have went bottoms up.

Finally country radio continues to ignore female artists. I see all of these articles talking about how radio is starting to be more inclusive to female artists and this is a load of bullshit. Once Morris drops out of the top 30 there will be zero solo female acts. Sure Carrie Underwood will be back in the top 30 in a couple of weeks, but we all know by now how her runs on the Billboard chart go: rises up really fast to the top ten, slows down, reaches the top three and then goes recurrent. Just like an assembly line! I guarantee “Church Bells” won’t reach #1. But I bet Kelsea Ballerini’s “Peter Pan” will because her label will pony up the money needed for it. This is why I scoff at the likes of Ballerini helping the cause of females at country radio. We need talented female country artists, not any female country artists (we just need talent period, men and women, of course). Ballerini is Disney pop that panders to the bros, her label and radio executives. She has made this clear from the start. The same goes for Jana Kramer, who inexplicably released a great song and is now back to putting out crap like “Said No One Ever.” Miranda Lambert has went missing from radio and if I were her I would just give them the one finger salute like Kacey Musgraves did. If you’re a female artist who wants to make actual music and not kiss some guy in a suit’s ass to make it, you shouldn’t bother with country radio.

If you’re an artist and you have any kind of self-respect, you will not play the country radio game. You will be making real art that captures the hearts and minds of people everywhere. You will be a true artist, damn commercial expectations. Because as one great movie taught us, “If you build it, they will come.”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [March 28]

Cole Swindell You Should Be Here

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. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” -1 (Up 1)
  2. Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” -1 (Up 1)
  3. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 (Up 1)
  4. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (Up 1)
  5. Chase Bryant – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing That Nobody Cares About”-1 (Up 2)
  6. Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” -1 (Down 5)
  7. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Up 1)
  8. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” (Up 1)
  9. Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat” (Down 3) 
  10. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” -1 (Up 3)
  11. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Up 1)
  12. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” +1 (Down 2)
  13. Maren Morris – “My Church” +1 (Down 2)
  14. Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” +1 
  15. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 
  16. Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget” -1
  17. Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt” -1
  18. Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Ever Day” -1 (Up 3)
  19. Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots” +1 
  20. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 
  21. Kenny Chesney – “Noise” 0 (New to Top 30)
  22. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1 [Worst Song]
  23. Eric Church – “Record Year” +1 (Up 1) [Best Song]
  24. Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With a Beer” +1 (Up 1)
  25. David Nail – “Night’s On Fire” -1 (Up 1)
  26. Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink” +1 (Up 1)
  27. Jake Owen – “American Generic Country Love Song” -1 (Up 3)
  28. Canaan Smith – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing That Nobody Cares About”-1
  29. Dan + Shay – “From The Ground Up” 0
  30. Kip Moore – “Running For You” +1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -9

The pulse improved by one this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus” (And good riddance!)
  • Maddie & Tae – “Shut Up & Fish” (This is a pretty big disappointment, but Maddie & Tae do not need radio. Artists who actually have talent don’t need radio. But I’ll expand on this at another time)

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Kenny Chesney – “Noise”
  • Kip Moore – “Running For You”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” – Up 3 from #13 to #10
  • Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day” – Up 3 from #21 to #18
  • Jake Owen – “American Generic Country Love Song” – Up 3 from #30 to #27

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus” – Out of the Top 30
  • Maddie & Tae – “Shut Up & Fish” – Out of the Top 30
  • Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” – Down 5 from #1 to #6

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

  • Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (It just lost a lot of spins today and rumors are swirling on a new single dropping soon)
  • Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat”
  • Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug”
  • Chase Bryant – “Irrelevant Song A Label is Pushing”
  • Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You”
  • Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober”
  • David Nail – “Night’s On Fire”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Chris Lane – “Fix”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Sam Hunt – “Make You Miss Me”
  • William Michael Morgan – “I Met A Girl”
  • Big & Rich (feat. Tim McGraw) – “Lovin’ Lately”
  • Keith Urban – “Wasted Time”

 

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