The Past Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [May 2013]

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This is the past pulse of mainstream country music. Each week, I take a look at the Billboard Country Airplay Chart (or, “Hot Country Songs” as it used to be called) from years ago and grade the top 30 songs. Each week will be a different year. The grading format I use each week is every song will receive one of the following scores: +5, +4, +3, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5. These will then be tallied up for an overall score, or pulse of the past top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +150 and the lowest possible score being a -150. The grade I would give it determines its Pulse score. The grading key: 10 [+5], 9 [+4], 8 [+3], 7 [+2], 6 [+1], 5 [0], 4 [-1], 3 [-2], 2 [-3], 1 [-4], 0 [-5].

The goal of this exercise is to evaluate the past state of mainstream country music and determine if it was better or worse compared to now. To see the full list of the top 30 country airplay songs for this week, click here. Admittedly my week was pretty hectic, therefore I’m taking a break from my review backlog this week. It will resume next week, but for now I picked 2013 since I already knew my thoughts on all thirty songs. This week’s chart will be from May 11th, 2013.

  1. Thompson Square – “If I Didn’t Have You” +1
  2. Florida Georgia Line – “Get Your Shine On” -3 (Admittedly this song REALLY annoys me, but it’s more of a personal thing. Therefore I decided to be fair.)
  3. Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart” 0
  4. Lady Antebellum – “Downtown” 0
  5. Kenny Chesney – “Pirate Flag” -3
  6. Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel” +1 (I don’t think the song is all that special but eh…it was the most country thing to hit the top in quite a while so whatever)
  7. Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift & Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care” -2
  8. George Strait – “Give It All We Got Tonight” 0
  9. Chris Young – “I Can Take It From There” +1
  10. Brad Paisley – “Beat This Summer” +3 [Best Song]
  11. Eric Church – “Like Jesus Does” +1
  12. Blake Shelton  & The Pistol Annies – “Boys ‘Round Here” -5 [Worst Song…..Ever]
  13. Brantley Gilbert – “More Than Miles” +1
  14. The Band Perry – “DONE” -1 (And now they really are!)
  15. Jason Aldean – “1994” -5 [Worst Song…..oh shit I already handed this out? Ugh….]
  16. Jake Owen – “Anywhere With You” 0
  17. Zac Brown Band – “Jump Right In” +1
  18. Luke Bryan – “Crash My Party” -1
  19. Gloriana – “Can’t Shake You” +2
  20. The Henningsens – “American Beautiful” 0
  21. Kip Moore – “Hey Pretty Girl” +2
  22. Easton Corbin – “All Over The Road” -1
  23. Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy” -2
  24. Carrie Underwood – “See You Again” +1
  25. Gary Allan – “Pieces” +1
  26. Brett Eldredge – “Don’t Ya” -1 (Almost a 0 but that opening line is just way too cringe worthy)
  27. Kelly Clarkson & Vince Gill – “Don’t Rush” +1
  28. Justin Moore – “Point At You” -1
  29. Billy Currington – “Hey Girl” -3
  30. Randy Houser – “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” -2

The Past Pulse Of Mainstream Country Music: -14

So yeah this week was definitely a bust. From the looks at the bottom half of the chart, it looks like we were just about to be inundated with bro-country. Elsewhere, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton run away with the “honor” of having two of the absolute worst songs to ever descend upon the country genre. Even looking beyond that there’s just not a whole lot here. The best song for me is Brad Paisley’s experimental “Beat This Summer” but only that is great as opposed to outright excellent. Honestly there’s just a whole lot of mediocrity here.

As always, if you have any questions as to why I gave a song a certain grade feel free to ask me. Also, let me know what you guys think of the chart in the comments!

The Past Pulse Of Mainstream Country Music [April 2014]

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This is the past pulse of mainstream country music. Each week, I take a look at the Billboard Country Airplay Chart (or, “Hot Country Songs” as it used to be called) from years ago and grade the top 30 songs. Each week will be a different year. The grading format I use each week is every song will receive one of the following scores: +5, +4, +3, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5. These will then be tallied up for an overall score, or pulse of the past top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +150 and the lowest possible score being a -150. The grade I would give it determines its Pulse score. The grading key: 10 [+5], 9 [+4], 8 [+3], 7 [+2], 6 [+1], 5 [0], 4 [-1], 3 [-2], 2 [-3], 1 [-4], 0 [-5].

The goal of this exercise is to evaluate the past state of mainstream country music and determine if it was better or worse compared to now. To see the full list of the top 30 country airplay songs for this week, click here.

While I hate to do another recent chart after having just done 2011 last week, my schedule this week is admittedly pretty busy. Therefore, I wanted to showcase another chart of songs that I am familiar with. I picked April 19th, 2014 since that’s approximately a month before Country Perspective even came into existence, and I thought it would be fun to showcase what the charts were like just before Josh stepped onto the scene.

  1. Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes” -2
  2. Randy Houser – “Goodnight Kiss” -2
  3. Jerrod Niemann – “Drink To That All Night” -5
  4. Brantley Gilbert – “Bottoms Up” -5
  5. Eric Church – “Give Me Back My Hometown” +1
  6. Rascal Flatts – “Rewind” -2
  7. Thomas Rhett – “Get Me Some Of That” -5
  8. Florida Georgia Line & Luke Bryan – “This Is How We Roll” -5
  9. Brett Eldredge – “Beat Of The Music” 0
  10. Miranda Lambert – “Automatic” +3 [Best Song]
  11. Dan + Shay – “19 You + Me” -2
  12. Keith Urban – “Cop Car” -2 (I’m sorry, I don’t get the appeal in this song at all)
  13. Luke Bryan – “Play It Again” -3
  14. Justin Moore – “Lettin’ The Night Roll” -1
  15. Tim McGraw – “Lookin’ For That Girl” -5 [Worst Song]
  16. Craig Morgan – “Wake Up Lovin’ You” +2
  17. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down” 0
  18. Tyler Farr – “Whiskey In My Water” -1
  19. Craig Campbell – “Keep Them Kisses Comin'” +1
  20. The Band Perry – “Chainsaw” -2
  21. Hunter Hayes – “Invisible” -2
  22. Billy Currington – “We Are Tonight” +1
  23. Jake Owen – “Beachin'” -4
  24. Chris Young – “Who I Am With You” +1
  25. Joe Nichols – “Yeah” -2
  26. Sheryl Crow – “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” +1
  27. Eric Paslay – “Song About A Girl” -1
  28. Eli Young Band – “Dust” +2
  29. Brad Paisley – “River Bank” -1
  30. Lee Brice – “I Don’t Dance” +2

The Past Pulse Of Mainstream Country Music: -38

Wow, this is an absolutely terrible chart across the board. How many -5’s was that again?!? It’s hard to believe that a chart from the future could actually look better than this. Yikes.

Alright, so let’s start off with the few good songs here. Miranda Lambert is the only person with a song worthy of an 8/10 (IMO), so she runs away with best song for “Automatic”. The only other good songs come courtesy of Craig Morgan, Lee Brice, and Eli Young Band and I’m sure that even you guys will have something to say about one or more of those songs.

The terrible is easy to digest. It’s quite surreal looking back and seeing just how much bro-country really did plague the genre. There are five songs here that could compete for country music’s worst songs, and to pick the worst of all of them was tough. In the end, I picked Tim since not only does that song absolutely blow, Tim McGraw simply knows better dammit! Trust me folks, I really did consider just tying all five of these songs for worst song. I felt like Negan from the Walking Dead trying to pick a victim. Aside from that…yeah, things aren’t much better outside of those five. Just a sad chart to see.

As always, if you have any questions as to why I gave a song a certain grade feel free to ask me. Also, let me know what you guys think of the chart in the comments!

Worst Country Artist 2016 Tournament: Vote on Pop Artists Region!

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Welcome to the first round of voting in Country Perspective’s 2016 Worst Country Artist Tournament. We start off with the Pop Artists Region. Remember that you have until Thursday 1 PM ET to vote, so get your votes in! If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.

Polls are now closed! Stay tuned for the updated bracket and details on the round of 16 voting!

 

 

 

 

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [December 5]

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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. Chris Young – “I’m Comin’ Over” +1 
  2. Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break” +1 (Up 1)
  3. Blake Shelton – “Gonna” -1 (Up 2)
  4. Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You” -1 
  5. Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here” -1 (Up 2)
  6. Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl” -1 (Down 4) [Tied for Worst Song]
  7. Tim McGraw – “Top of the World” (Up 1)
  8. Cam – “Burning House” +1 (Up 1) 
  9. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer” (Up 1)
  10. Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man” -1 (Up 1)
  11. LoCash – “I Love This Life” -1 (Up 1)
  12. Parmalee – “Already Callin’ You Mine” -1 (Up 1)
  13. Jana Kramer – “I Got The Boy” +1 (Up 1)
  14. Big & Rich – “Run Away With You” 0 (Up 2)
  15. Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  16. Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs” -1 (Down 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  17. Granger Smith – “Backroad Song” -1 (Up 1)
  18. Brad Paisley – “Country Nation” -1 (Up 2)
  19. Randy Houser – “We Went” -1 
  20. Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  21. Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight” -1 (Up 8) [Tied for Worst Song]
  22. Keith Urban – “Break On Me” -1 (Up 3)
  23. Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You” -1
  24. A Thousand Horses – “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” -1
  25. Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” +1 (Up 5)
  26. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1
  27. Dierks Bentley – “Riser” +1 [Tied for Best Song]
  28. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1
  29. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” +1 (New to Top 30) [Tied for Best Song]
  30. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -13

The pulse improved two spots again this week!

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Old Dominion’s “Break Up With Him” went recurrent and fell from #6 to out of the top 30
  • Hunter Hayes’ “21” went recurrent and fell from #21 (just like the song title) to out of the top 30

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” (!!!)
  • Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober”

Song I Predict Will Reach #1 Next Week:

  • Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight” – Up 8 from #29 to #21
  • Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” – Up 5 from #30 to #25
  • Keith Urban – “Break On Me” – Up 3 from #25 to #22

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him” – Out of the Top 30
  • Hunter Hayes – “21” – Out of the Top 30
  • Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl” – Down 4 from #2 to #6

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

  • Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs”
  • Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You”

On The Hot Seat:

  • A Thousand Horses – “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial”
  • Randy Houser – “We Went”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Florida Georgia Line – “Confession”
  • George Strait – “Cold Beer Conversation”
  • Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader”
  • Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus”

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

Also Happy Thanksgiving from Country Perspective!

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [November 28]

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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. Chris Young – “I’m Comin’ Over” +1 (Up 2)
  2. Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl” -1 [Tied for Worst Song]
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break” +1 (Up 1)
  4. Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You” -1 (Up 1)
  5. Blake Shelton – “Gonna” -1 (Up 1)
  6. Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him” -1 (Down 5) [Tied for Worst Song]
  7. Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here” -1 (Up 1)
  8. Tim McGraw – “Top of the World” (Up 1)
  9. Cam – “Burning House” +1 (Up 1) 
  10. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer” (Up 1)
  11. Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man” -1 (Up 1)
  12. LoCash – “I Love This Life” -1 (Up 2)
  13. Parmalee – “Already Callin’ You Mine” -1 
  14. Jana Kramer – “I Got The Boy” +1 (Up 1)
  15. Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  16. Big & Rich – “Run Away With You” 0 
  17. Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  18. Granger Smith – “Backroad Song” -1 (Up 2)
  19. Randy Houser – “We Went” -1 (Down 1)
  20. Brad Paisley – “Country Nation” -1 (Up 1)
  21. Hunter Hayes – “21” -1 (Up 1) [Tied for Worst Song]
  22. Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” -1 (Up 2) [Tied for Worst Song]
  23. Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You” -1 (Up 2)
  24. A Thousand Horses – “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” -1 (Down 1)
  25. Keith Urban – “Break On Me” -1 (Up 4)
  26. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 (Up 2)
  27. Dierks Bentley – “Riser” +1 (Down 1) [Best Song]
  28. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 (Down 1)
  29. Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight” -1 (New to Top 30) [Tied for Worst Song]
  30. Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” +1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -15

The pulse improved two spots this week!

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes” went recurrent and fell from #7 to out of the top 30
  • Billy Currington’s “Drinking Town with a Football Problem” went recurrent and fell from #30 to out of the top 30

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight”
  • Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood”

Song I Predict Will Reach #1 Next Week:

  • Cole Swindell – “Let Me See Ya Girl”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight” – Up 9 from #38 to #29
  • Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” – Up 6 from #36 to #30
  • Multiple Songs Moved Up Two Spots

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Florida Georgia Line – “Anything Goes” – Out of the Top 30
  • Billy Currington – “Drinkin’ Town with a Football Problem” – Out of the Top 30
  • Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him” – Down 5 from #1 to #6

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

  • Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him”
  • Hunter Hayes – “21”
  • Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You”
  • Big & Rich – “Run Away With You”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Parmalee – “Already Callin’ You Mine”
  • Randy Houser – “We Went”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” (It’s happening!)
  • Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Confession”
  • George Strait – “Cold Beer Conversation”

Notable Debuts: Maddie & Tae’s “Shut Up and Fish” makes a hot shot debut at #51 and Hank Williams Jr. & Eric Church’s “Are You Ready For The Country?” debuts at #58.

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