The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [February 8]

Luke Bryan Kill The Lights

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. Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight” -1 
  2. Granger Smith – “Backroad Song” -1 (Up 3)
  3. Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man” -1 
  4. Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town” -1 (Down 2) [Worst Song]
  5. Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs” -1 (Up 1)
  6. Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat” (Up 3)
  7. Keith Urban – “Break On Me” -1
  8. Randy Houser – “We Went” -1 (Up 2)
  9. Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” -1 (Up 2)
  10. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer” (Down 6)
  11. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (Up 2)
  12. Brad Paisley – “Country Nation” -1 
  13. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” -1 (Up 2)
  14. Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” -1 
  15. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 (Up 2)
  16. Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You” -1 
  17. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” +1 (Up 2)
  18. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Up 2)
  19. Maren Morris – “My Church” +1 (Up 2)
  20. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 (Up 2)
  21. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Up 2)
  22. Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus” -1 (Up 2)
  23. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 (Up 2)
  24. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” (Up 5)
  25. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” -1 (Up 5)
  26. Tyler Farr – “Better in Boots” -1 
  27. Maddie & Tae – “Shut Up and Fish” +1 [Best Song]
  28. Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots” +1 (Re-Enters Top 30)
  29. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1 (Down 1)
  30. David Nail – “Night’s On Fire” -1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -18

The pulse remained the same this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • LoCash – “I Love This Life”
  • Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood”

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots”
  • David Nail – “Night’s On Fire”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Granger Smith – “Backroad Song”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” – Up 5 from #29 to #24
  • Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” – Up 5 from #30 to #25
  • Three different songs moved up three spots (Granger, Pardi, Carrie)

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • LoCash – “I Love This Life” – Out of the Top 30
  • Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” – Out of the Top 30
  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer” – Down 6 from #4 to #10

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

  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”
  • Brad Paisley – “Country Nation”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober”
  • Tyler Farr – “Head Over Boots”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With A Beer”
  • Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind”
  • Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt”
  • Eric Church – “Record Year”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [February 1]

Luke Bryan Kill The Lights

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. Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight” -1 (Up 2)
  2. Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town” -1 (Up 2) [Worst Song]
  3. Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man” -1 (Down 2)
  4. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer” (Down 2)
  5. Granger Smith – “Backroad Song” -1 (Up 1)
  6. Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs” -1 (Up 3)
  7. Keith Urban – “Break On Me” -1
  8. LoCash – “I Love This Life” -1 (Down 3)
  9. Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat” (Up 2)
  10. Randy Houser – “We Went” -1 
  11. Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” -1 (Up 1)
  12. Brad Paisley – “Country Nation” -1 (Up 1)
  13. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (Up 1)
  14. Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” -1 (Up 4)
  15. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” -1 (Up 4)
  16. Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You” -1 
  17. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 
  18. Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” +1 (Down 3)
  19. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” +1 (Up 1)
  20. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Up 1)
  21. Maren Morris – “My Church” +1 (Up 4)
  22. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 
  23. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Up 1)
  24. Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus” -1 (Down 1)
  25. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 (Up 1)
  26. Tyler Farr – “Better in Boots” -1 (Up 1)
  27. Maddie & Tae – “Shut Up and Fish” +1 (Up 1) [Best Song]
  28. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1 (Up 2)
  29. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” (New to Top 30)
  30. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” -1 (Down 1)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -18

The pulse improved one spot this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here” (Finally!)

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” (A rare surprise from country radio)

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think of You” – Up 9 from #38 to #29
  • Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” – Up 4 from #18 to #14
  • Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” – Up 4 from #19 to #15
  • Maren Morris – “My Church” – Up 4 from #25 to #21

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here” – Out of the Top 30
  • LoCash – “I Love This Life” – Down 3 from #5 to #8
  • Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” – Down 3 from #15 to #18

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

  • LoCash – “I Love This Life”
  • Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Brad Paisley – “Country Nation”
  • Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” (pushing this as a single when “Tennessee Whiskey” was the wisest choice is proving to be dumber as the weeks go on)
  • Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You”
  • Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots”
  • Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With A Beer”
  • Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink”
  • Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [January 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. Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man” -1 {Six Weeks at #1}
  2. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer” (Up 1)
  3. Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight” -1 (Up 1)
  4. Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town” -1 (Up 1) [Worst Song]
  5. LoCash – “I Love This Life” -1 (Down 3)
  6. Granger Smith – “Backroad Song” -1 (Up 2)
  7. Keith Urban – “Break On Me” -1 (Up 3)
  8. Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here” -1 (Down 1)
  9. Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs” -1 
  10. Randy Houser – “We Went” -1 (Up 1)
  11. Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat” (Up 3)
  12. Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” -1 (Up 1)
  13. Brad Paisley – “Country Nation” -1 (Down 1)
  14. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (Up 2)
  15. Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” +1 
  16. Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You” -1 (Up 2)
  17. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 
  18. Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” -1 (Up 2)
  19. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” -1 
  20. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” +1 (Up 1)
  21. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Up 2)
  22. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 
  23. Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus” -1 (Up 1)
  24. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Up 1)
  25. Maren Morris – “My Church” +1 (New to Top 30)
  26. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 
  27. Tyler Farr – “Better in Boots” -1
  28. Maddie & Tae – “Shut Up and Fish” +1 [Best Song]
  29. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach” -1 (New to Top 30)
  30. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -19

The pulse fell two spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Jana Kramer – “I Got The Boy”
  • Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots”

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Maren Morris – “My Church”
  • Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Maren Morris – “My Church” – Up 7 from #32 to #25
  • Keith Urban – “Break On Me” – Up 3 from #10 to #7
  • Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat” – Up 3 from #14 to #11

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Jana Kramer – “I Got The Boy” – Out of the Top 30
  • LoCash – “I Love This Life” – Down 3 from #2 to #5
  • Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots” – Down 3 from #29 to #32

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

  • Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here”
  • LoCash – “I Love This Life”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Brad Paisley – “Country Nation”
  • Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots”
  • Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With A Beer”
  • Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink”
  • David Nail – “Night’s On Fire”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [January 19]

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. Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man” -1 {Five Weeks at #1}
  2. LoCash – “I Love This Life” -1 (Up 1)
  3. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer” (Up 1)
  4. Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight” -1 (Up 2)
  5. Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town” -1 [Worst Song]
  6. Jana Kramer – “I Got The Boy” +1 (Up 1)
  7. Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here” -1 (Down 5)
  8. Granger Smith – “Backroad Song” -1 (Up 2)
  9. Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs” -1 (Up 2)
  10. Keith Urban – “Break On Me” -1 (Up 2)
  11. Randy Houser – “We Went” -1 (Up 2)
  12. Brad Paisley – “Country Nation” -1 (Up 2)
  13. Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” -1 (Up 2)
  14. Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat” (Up 3)
  15. Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” +1 (Up 1)
  16. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (Up 2)
  17. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 (Up 2)
  18. Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You” -1 (Up 2)
  19. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” -1 (Up 4)
  20. Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” -1 (Up 2)
  21. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” +1 
  22. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 (Up 3)
  23. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Up 4)
  24. Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus” -1 (Up 2)
  25. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Up 3)
  26. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 (Up 3)
  27. Tyler Farr – “Better in Boots” -1 (Up 3)
  28. Maddie & Tae – “Shut Up and Fish” +1 (New to Top 30) [Best Song]
  29. Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots” +1 (New to Top 30)
  30. Chris Lane – “Fix” -1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -17

The pulse improved three spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Blake Shelton – “Gonna”
  • Tim McGraw – “Top of the World”
  • A Thousand Horses – “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial”

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Maddie & Tae – “Shut Up and Fish”
  • Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots”
  • Chris Lane – “Fix”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Chris Lane – “Fix” – Up 5 from #35 to #30
  • Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” – Up 4 from #23 to #19
  • Old Dominion – “Snapback” – Up 4 from #27 to #23

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Blake Shelton – “Gonna” – Out of the Top 30
  • Tim McGraw – “Top of the World” – Out of the Top 30
  • A Thousand Horses – “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” – Out of the Top 30

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

  • Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here”
  • Jana Kramer – “I Got The Boy”
  • LoCash – “I Love This Life”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Brad Paisley – “Country Nation”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Maren Morris – “My Church”
  • Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With A Beer”
  • Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink”
  • David Nail – “Night’s On Fire”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [January 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 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. Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man” -1
  2. Jason Aldean – “Gonna Know We Were Here” -1 
  3. LoCash – “I Love This Life” -1
  4. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”
  5. Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town” -1 [Worst Song]
  6. Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – “Home Alone Tonight” -1 (Up 2)
  7. Jana Kramer – “I Got The Boy” +1 (Up 2)
  8. Blake Shelton – “Gonna” -1 (Down 1)
  9. Tim McGraw – “Top of the World” (Down 3)
  10. Granger Smith – “Backroad Song” -1 (Up 1)
  11. Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs” -1 (Up 1)
  12. Keith Urban – “Break On Me” -1 (Up 2)
  13. Randy Houser – “We Went” -1 
  14. Brad Paisley – “Country Nation” -1 (Up 1)
  15. Zac Brown Band – “Beautiful Drug” -1 (Up 1)
  16. Eric Church – “Mr. Misunderstood” +1 (Up 1)
  17. Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat” (Up 1)
  18. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession” (Up 2)
  19. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound of That” -1 (Up 2)
  20. Chase Bryant – “Little Bit of You” -1 (Down 1)
  21. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” +1 (Up 1) [Best Song]
  22. Brett Eldredge – “Drunk on Your Love” -1 (Up 2)
  23. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” -1 (Up 3)
  24. A Thousand Horses – “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” -1 (Down 1)
  25. Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You” -1 
  26. Michael Ray – “Real Men Love Jesus” -1 (Up 1)
  27. Old Dominion – “Snapback” -1 (Up 1)
  28. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader” -1 (Up 1)
  29. Brantley Gilbert – “Stone Cold Sober” -1 (Up 1)
  30. Tyler Farr – “Better in Boots” -1 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -20

The pulse fell two spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Cam – “Burning House”

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Tyler Farr – “Better in Boots”

Song I Predict Will Be #1 Next Week:

  • Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here” – Up 3 from #26 to #23
  • Six Different Songs moved up two spots

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Cam – “Burning House” – Out of the Top 30
  • Tim McGraw – “Top of the World” – Down 3 from #6 to #9

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

  • Blake Shelton – “Gonna”
  • Tim McGraw – “Top of the World”
  • A Thousand Horses – “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Chase Bryant – “A Little Bit of You”
  • Lee Brice – “That Don’t Sound Like You”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Maddie & Tae – “Shut Up and Fish”
  • Frankie Ballard – “It All Started With A Beer”
  • Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots”
  • Chris Lane – “Fix”

 

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