The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio [Nov. 21]

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Each week we 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 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 current top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +150 and the lowest possible score being a -150. How do I determine the score for the song? The review grade it received on the site or myself will determine this. If it hasn’t been reviewed yet, then I will make the call. The grade it has received or 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 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. Jason Aldean – “A Little More Summertime” (Up 1)
  2. Florida Georgia Line (feat. Tim McGraw) – “May We All” +1 (Up 2)
  3. Brett Young – “Sleep Without You” -2 
  4. Cole Swindell – “Middle of a Memory” -2 (Down 3)
  5. Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time” -3 (Up 1)
  6. Brett Eldredge – “Wanna Be That Song” (Up 2)
  7. Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color” -4 
  8. Luke Bryan – “Move” -4 (Down 3)
  9. Tim McGraw – “How I’ll Always Be” +3 
  10. Carrie Underwood – “Dirty Laundry” (Up 1)
  11. Granger Dibbles Jr. – “If The Boots Fits” -4 (Up 2)
  12. Blake Shelton – “A Guy With A Girl” -1 (Up 3)
  13. Thomas Rhett – “Star of the Show” -3 (Up 1)
  14. Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” -1 (Up 2)
  15. Eric Church (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) – “Kill A Word” +4 (Up 3) [Best Song] 
  16. Dustin Lynch – “Seein’ Red” -5 (Up 3)
  17. Brad Paisley – “Today” +2 (Up 6)
  18. Chris Young (feat. Vince Gill) – “Sober Saturday Night” +1 (Up 3)
  19. Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled” -2 (Up 1)
  20. Chris Stapleton – “Parachute” +3 (Up 2)
  21. High Valley – “Make You Mine” -2 (Up 4)
  22. Michael Ray – “Douchey Pickup Song” -5 (Up 2) [Worst Song]
  23. Little Big Town – “Better Man” +2 (New to Top 30)
  24. Brantley Gilbert – “The Weekend” -5  (Up 4)
  25. Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots” +1 (New to Top 30)
  26. Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer” +2 
  27. Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” 0
  28. Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” +4 (Up 1)
  29. Kelsea Ballerini – “Yeah Boy” -5 (New to Top 30)
  30. Josh Turner – “Hometown Girl” 0 (New to Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio: -29

The pulse drops one spot this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Kenny Chesney & Pink – “Setting The World on Fire” -2
  • Drake White – “Livin’ The Dream” +1
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice” +3
  • Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice – “A Little More Love” -3 (Hopefully this one finally goes away for good. Stop trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, Curb)

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”
    • I already gave this a full review, but I just wanted to add that as soon as I saw the announcement that Taylor Swift was the one who wrote this song, I knew country radio would get behind it and sure enough they have. Country radio still loves Taylor. The Swift Effect will take this to #1.
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots”
    • Pardi landed his first #1 hit earlier this year with “Head Over Boots” and has had a breakout year, showing himself to be one of the more promising names in mainstream country. He’s now back with the follow-up, “Dirt On My Boots,” a song lot of you have expressed you don’t exactly like. Most of the reactions I’ve seen range from meh to outright disdain. And I totally get it. But I disagree. Yes, the production for this song sounds like 2000s Jason Aldean singles plus fiddles. This isn’t ideal, but at the same time the production is admittedly infectious. I really enjoy the fiddles on this song and it gives the song a really fun tone. The lyrics are catchy and it’s nice to have more upbeat songs like this mixed in with more serious material. The reason I can’t get angry at this song like other party songs is because this song has nothing offensive about it. There aren’t any sexist or really stupid lyrics I can dock at for. At worst the lyrics are around middle of the road. On another note, this appears well on it’s way to being a hit, as it’s already in the top 30 after nine weeks and is selling quite well. The silver lining for those who don’t like this song is this being a hit should afford Pardi to release one of the better songs from California Sunrise as a single (fingers crossed for “She Ain’t In It”). 6/10
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Yeah Boy”
    • Yeah let’s cut to the chase here: I hate this song. This comes after Ballerini released her best single to date (although admittedly it wasn’t a high bar to beat). I hadn’t heard this song since listening to the album when it was released and after one listen I developed a light headache. I’m going to quote Derek in his review of Ballerini’s debut album with this thoughts on the song: I listen to her song “Yeah Boy” and think of Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl.” In fact, if Currington walked up to Ballerini and just said “hey girl” she’d probably respond with “yeah boy” and off they’d go to some pick-up truck in a field. This song is yet another song where Kelsea Ballerini simply sings a bro-country song from the female perspective. I’m done. 0/10
  • Josh Turner – “Hometown Girl”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Little Big Town – “Better Man” – Up 11 from #34 to #23
  • Brad Paisley – “Today” – Up 6 from #23 to #17
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots” – Up 6 from #31 to #25

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Kenny Chesney & Pink – “Setting the World on Fire” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Drake White – “Livin’ The Dream” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice – “A Little More Love” – Out of the Top 30 (to #31)

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

  • Luke Bryan – “Move”
  • Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes”
  • Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
  • Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” (This still isn’t showing much progress and I find it hard to believe it’ll go any higher than #25)

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice – “A Little More Love”
  • Trent Harmon – “There’s A Girl”
  • Dierks Bentley – “Black”
  • Craig Campbell – “Outskirts of Heaven”

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio [Nov. 14]

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Each week we 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 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 current top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +150 and the lowest possible score being a -150. How do I determine the score for the song? The review grade it received on the site or myself will determine this. If it hasn’t been reviewed yet, then I will make the call. The grade it has received or 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 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 – “Middle of a Memory” -2 (Up 1)
  2. Jason Aldean – “A Little More Summertime” (Up 1)
  3. Brett Young – “Sleep Without You” -2 (Up 1)
  4. Florida Georgia Line (feat. Tim McGraw) – “May We All” +1 (Up 1)
  5. Luke Bryan – “Move” -4 (Down 4)
  6. Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time” -3 (Up 1)
  7. Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color” -4 (Up 1)
  8. Brett Eldredge – “Wanna Be That Song” (Up 2)
  9. Tim McGraw – “How I’ll Always Be” +3 
  10. Kenny Chesney & Pink – “Setting The World On Fire” -2 (Down 4)
  11. Carrie Underwood – “Dirty Laundry” 
  12. Drake White – “Livin’ The Dream” +1 (Up 1)
  13. Granger Dibbles Jr. – “If The Boots Fits” -4 (Up 1)
  14. Thomas Rhett – “Star of the Show” -3 (Up 2)
  15. Blake Shelton – “A Guy With A Girl” -1 (Up 2)
  16. Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” -1 (Down 1)
  17. Miranda Lambert – “Vice” +3 (Down 5) 
  18. Eric Church (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) – “Kill A Word” +4 [Best Song] 
  19. Dustin Lynch – “Seein’ Red” -5 (Up 4)
  20. Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled” -2 (Down 1)
  21. Chris Young (feat. Vince Gill) – “Sober Saturday Night” +1 
  22. Chris Stapleton – “Parachute” +3 (Down 2)
  23. Brad Paisley – “Today” +2 (Down 1)
  24. Michael Ray – “Douchey Pickup Song” -5 (Up 1) [Worst Song]
  25. High Valley – “Make You Mine” -2 (Up 1)
  26. Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer” +2 (Down 2)
  27. Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” 0
  28. Brantley Gilbert – “The Weekend” -5  (Up 1)
  29. Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” +4 (Down 1)
  30. Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice – “A Little More Love” -3

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio: -28

The pulse remains the same this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • None

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • None

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Dustin Lynch – “Seein’ Red” – Up 4 from #23 to #19
  • Brett Eldredge – “Wanna Be That Song” – Up 2 from #10 to #8
  • Thomas Rhett – “Star of the Show” – Up 2 from #16 to #14
  • Blake Shelton – “A Guy With A Girl” – Up 2 from #17 to #15

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice” – Down 5 from #12 to #17
  • Kenny Chesney & Pink – “Setting the World on Fire” – Down 4 from #6 to #10
  • Luke Bryan – “Move” – Down 4 from #1 to #5

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

  • Kenny Chesney & Pink – “Setting the World on Fire”
  • Drake White – “Livin’ The Dream” (Losing lots of spins this week and his new single has been officially announced, “Makin’ Me Look Good Again”)
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice” (Losing even more spins and has also announced her next single, called “We Should Be Friends”)
  • Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” (A post CMAs bump should help, but I just don’t see this song lasting that much longer. I’m imagining her label is just holding out for top 10 at this point)
  • Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
  • High Valley – “Make You Mine”
  • Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her”
  • Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice – “A Little More Love”

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Yeah Boy”
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots”
  • Josh Turner – “Hometown Girl”
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”

 

Note: Billboard announced this week that they’ve changed their recurrent rules. Now any song that is #1 cannot go recurrent in the following week, like Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need A Drink” did earlier this year. In addition any bulleted songs from positions 2-5 on the chart cannot go recurrent the following week also. So for those who hate chart clog and manufactured pushes, this will only make these problems worse. Thanks a lot, Billboard! You’re really helping things.

H/T to Chris Baggs for bringing this to my attention.

 

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

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio [Nov. 7]

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Each week we 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 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 current top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +150 and the lowest possible score being a -150. How do I determine the score for the song? The review grade it received on the site or myself will determine this. If it hasn’t been reviewed yet, then I will make the call. The grade it has received or 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 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 – “Move” -4 
  2. Cole Swindell – “Middle of a Memory” -2 
  3. Jason Aldean – “A Little More Summertime” (Up 1)
  4. Brett Young – “Sleep Without You” -2 (Up 1)
  5. Florida Georgia Line (feat. Tim McGraw) – “May We All” +1 (Up 2)
  6. Kenny Chesney & Pink – “Setting The World On Fire” -2 (Down 3)
  7. Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time” -3 (Up 1)
  8. Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color” -4 (Up 2)
  9. Tim McGraw – “How I’ll Always Be” +3 (Up 2)
  10. Brett Eldredge – “Wanna Be That Song” (Up 2)
  11. Carrie Underwood – “Dirty Laundry” (Up 3)
  12. Miranda Lambert – “Vice” +3 (Up 1) 
  13. Drake White – “Livin’ The Dream” +1 (Up 2)
  14. Granger Dibbles Jr. – “If The Boots Fits” -4 (Up 3)
  15. Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” -1 (Up 1)
  16. Thomas Rhett – “Star of the Show” -3 (Up 2)
  17. Blake Shelton – “A Guy With A Girl” -1 (Up 2)
  18. Eric Church (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) – “Kill A Word” +4 [Best Song] (Up 2)
  19. Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled” -2 (Up 2)
  20. Chris Stapleton – “Parachute” +3 (Up 3)
  21. Chris Young (feat. Vince Gill) – “Sober Saturday Night” +1 (Up 1)
  22. Brad Paisley – “Today” +2 (Up 4)
  23. Dustin Lynch – “Seein’ Red” -5 (Up 1)
  24. Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer” +2 (Up 1)
  25. Michael Ray – “Douchey Pickup Song” -5 [Worst Song] (Up 3)
  26. High Valley – “Make You Mine” -2 (Up 1)
  27. Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” 0 (Up 2)
  28. Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” +4 (Up 2)
  29. Brantley Gilbert – “The Weekend” -5  (New to Top 30)
  30. Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice – “A Little More Love” -3 (Re-Enters Top 30)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio: -28

The pulse drops five spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • LoCash – “I Know Somebody” -5
  • Billy Currington – “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” +2

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Brantley Gilbert – “The Weekend”
    • It’s been a while since we’ve seen you in the top 30, Brantley. I was starting to think he would never make it back. It feels like a long time since he’s had a hit and has sort of become irrelevant in the grand scheme of things in country music since the death of bro country. Gilbert returns with “The Weekend,” a song that is simply terrible. Most annoying Gilbert songs in the past at least had a hook, but this song isn’t catchy either. It’s just plain bad. The whole thing is just so stilted and clunky. Gilbert’s voice sounds worse than normal. The song is somewhere between bad hip hop and bad rock music, not really able to decide what the hell it even is. You can call the lyrics mailed in and boring at best, cliché and obnoxious at worst. This is supposed to be a fun song about looking forward to the weekend, but there’s absolutely no sense of joy or happiness in this song. It’s just one big drag. How can I award it any points when there’s nothing about the song I can find redeeming? You can’t even get angry, it’s just unpleasant. This might be the most boring -5 song ever. 0/10
  • Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice – “A Little More Love”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Brad Paisley – “Today” – Up 4 from #26 to #22
  • Carrie Underwood – “Dirty Laundry” – Up 3 from #14 to #11
  • Chris Stapleton – “Parachute” – Up 3 from #23 to #20

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • LoCash – “I Know Somebody” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Billy Currington – “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” – Out of the Top 30 & Done
  • Kenny Chesney & Pink – “Setting the World on Fire” – Down 3 from #3 to #6

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

  • Kenny Chesney & Pink – “Setting the World on Fire”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
  • Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”
  • Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”

On The Hot Seat:

  • Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled” (This song has made sluggish gains for weeks now, so I’m officially putting it on the hot seat. Even if it makes a turnaround I only see this reaching the top ten at best. Most realistically it peaks at #15.)
  • High Valley – “Make You Mine” (Their debut album with Warner drops next week, so I’m guessing this is how much longer this song is pushed. It’s not making enough gains to justify a long push, but hey that hasn’t stopped major labels before)
  • Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” (Be concerned about this song because like the above two songs it just hasn’t been showing much progress)

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Yeah Boy”
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots”
  • Josh Turner – “Hometown Girl”
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”

 

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

Album Review – Kenny Chesney’s ‘Cosmic Hallelujah’

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If you asked me what mainstream country artist I get questioned the most on when it comes to my position on them, it would be hands down Kenny Chesney. I usually have a pretty negative or lukewarm take on his music and this seems to take a good bit of people off guard, much to my surprise. I’m not sure why I’m supposed to be impressed by an artist whose career has consisted mostly of music about the beach, simplistic themes that have been done to death and drinking. I thought his last album The Big Revival really drove this across, but apparently it didn’t. So now Chesney returns with the followup to it, Cosmic Hallelujah. This title just screams bullshit to me, but I still gave it chance since there’s not many other releases coming up in November. It was pretty much what I expected all along and further reinforced my stance on his music because Chesney does absolute nothing new on this album.

This is same old tired schtick from Chesney I’ve heard for years from him. There’s a boring, generic song about how we should live it up because we’re alive, so let’s crack a can of (insert current Chesney beer sponsor) and party that I feel like I’ve heard a 1,001 times and counting. Can you guess which song I’m referring to? Trick question! This actually refers to multiple songs, including “Trip Around the Sun,” “Some Town, Somewhere” and “Winnebago.” Of course pretty much every song alludes to this theme in some way or another. Chesney sings about only listening to pretty girls on “All the Pretty Girls.” I don’t what the hell the appeal of this song is and I don’t really want to waste precious air and time on trying to figure it out. It’s three and a half minutes I’ll never get back.

“Setting The World On Fire” is this album’s big hit so far, despite the fact the guest of the song Pink sings more than purported main artist of the song, Chesney. The only thing I have to further add about this song is I would rather be listening to Pink over Chesney any day because her music is actually interesting. There’s a song on this album called “Bar at the End of the World,” which makes no sense because I thought Chesney and Pink already set the world on fire. Yeah I know this is a bad joke, but I assure you that this is more interesting than the song, which is also a bad joke.

I was expecting to like at least one song on the album and the most likely candidate seemed to be “Jesus and Elvis.” That’s because two of the three songwriters on the song are Hayes Carll and Allison Moorer, who I greatly respect and enjoy their work. Well I don’t even like this one because this song seems to have an idea, but never does anything with it. The theme seems to be reuniting with old friends, but this is never expanded upon or has anything meaningful to say. We just keep hearing Chesney drone on about velvet paintings of Jesus and Elvis. The album’s lead single “Noise” is so damn boring that country radio didn’t even like it and they’ll usually play any bullshit Chesney sends to them. That should tell you all you need to know about this lame attempt by Chesney to say something about the prevalence of media today. What’s sad is this is probably the best song on Cosmic Hallelujah. And I haven’t gotten to the very worst of this album.

I’m on record as not being a fan of Chesney’s hit song “Boys of Fall” due to the fact it’s a song that over-glorifies high school football to the point I want to puke and features some of the most saccharine bullshit I’ve ever seen spewed about sports. And this comes from a sport fans. So you can put me down for the same thing when it comes to this album’s concluding song “Coach.” Also I’m officially predicting this will be Chesney’s current single in the fall of 2017. If I had to pick the dumbest song of the album, it would have to go to “Bucket.” Written by Brett James and Craig Wiseman, this song is getting drunk and saying fuck it to your responsibilities. This isn’t just me showing anger; this is what the song is actually about as Chesney sings a line about how you should replace the b in bucket list with an f. Some will argue this is just a dumb fun song, but I argue this is just plain dumb.

There’s a lot of boring crap on this album and it makes me want to rip my hair out. But there’s only song on this album that really pisses me off and that’s “Rich and Miserable.” This might be the worst song of Chesney’s entire career, even worse than “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” It’s a stilted, clunky, heavily pop influenced song that is essentially “Noise 2: Electric Boogaloo.” Chesney does not sing on this song, but is rather somewhere between shouting and mumbling. I think the title of the song perfectly personifies where Chesney’s career and mindset is at this time.

I can confidently say after listening to Kenny Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah that I never want to hear it again for the rest of my life. I absolutely hate this album and I was actively angry as I forced myself to listen to it. If you made me choose between listening to this album or Florida Georgia Line’s newest album Dig Your Roots, I would choose the latter every single time because the latter actually has some good songs. Chesney clearly isn’t trying anymore and just wants this paycheck. At this point he’s just rehashing the same old songs we’ve heard from him year after year.

Grade: 3/10

 

Recommend? – Hell No!

Album Highlights: Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing to see here.

Bad Songs: Rich and Miserable, Coach, Bucket, All the Pretty Girls

Wallpaper: The rest of the album


Stream The Entire Album Below I Guess:

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio [October 31]

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Each week we 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 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 current top thirty country songs, with the highest possible score being a +150 and the lowest possible score being a -150. How do I determine the score for the song? The review grade it received on the site or myself will determine this. If it hasn’t been reviewed yet, then I will make the call. The grade it has received or 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 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 – “Move” -4 (Up 1)
  2. Cole Swindell – “Middle of a Memory” -2 (Up 1)
  3. Kenny Chesney & Pink – “Setting The World On Fire” -2 (Down 2)
  4. Jason Aldean – “A Little More Summertime”
  5. Brett Young – “Sleep Without You” -2 (Up 2)
  6. LoCash – “I Know Somebody” -5 (Down 1) [Worst Song]
  7. Florida Georgia Line (feat. Tim McGraw) – “May We All” +1 (Up 1)
  8. Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time” -3 (Up 1)
  9. Billy Currington – “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” +2 (Down 3)
  10. Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color” -4 (Up 1)
  11. Tim McGraw – “How I’ll Always Be” +3 (Down 1)
  12. Brett Eldredge – “Wanna Be That Song” (Up 1)
  13. Miranda Lambert – “Vice” +3 (Down 1) 
  14. Carrie Underwood – “Dirty Laundry” 0
  15. Drake White – “Livin’ The Dream” +1 
  16. Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” -1 
  17. Granger Dibbles Jr. – “If The Boots Fits” -4 
  18. Thomas Rhett – “Star of the Show” -3 
  19. Blake Shelton – “A Guy With A Girl” -1 
  20. Eric Church (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) – “Kill A Word” +4 [Best Song]
  21. Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled” -2 
  22. Chris Young (feat. Vince Gill) – “Sober Saturday Night” +1 (Up 1)
  23. Chris Stapleton – “Parachute” +3 (Down 1)
  24. Dustin Lynch – “Seein’ Red” -5 (Up 1)
  25. Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer” +2 (Down 1)
  26. Brad Paisley – “Today” +2 (Re-Enters Top 30)
  27. High Valley – “Make You Mine” -2 (Down 1)
  28. Michael Ray – “Douchey Pickup Song” -5 (Up 1)
  29. Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” 0 (Down 1)
  30. Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” +4 (Down 3)

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Radio: -23

The pulse improves five spots this week. 

Songs That Dropped Out of the Top 30 This Week:

  • Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice – “A Little More Love” -3

Songs That Entered The Top 30 This Week:

  • Brad Paisley – “Today”

Biggest Gainers This Week:

  • Brad Paisley – “Today” – Up 5 from #31 to #26
  • Brett Young – “Sleep Without You” – Up 2 from #7 to #5

Biggest Losers This Week:

  • Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice – “A Little More Love” – Out of the Top 30 (to #31)
  • Billy Currington – “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” – Down 3 from #6 to #9
  • Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” – Down 3 from #27 to #30

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

  • Billy Currington – “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice” (Losing spins fast, as it appears it has hit it’s ceiling)
  • Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer” (Shocked it’s still here)
  • Garth Brooks – “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” (This does not appear to have the airplay support to last in the top 30 much longer)

On The Hot Seat:

  • Chris Janson – “Holdin’ Her” (It’s been on the chart for 26 weeks already and there are a plethora of songs rising fast behind it. It’s in trouble and will need some serious label support if it wants to stick around, which I could see happening)

Next Four Songs I See Entering Top 30:

  • Brantley Gilbert – “The Weekend”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Yeah Boy”
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt on My Boots”
  • Josh Turner – “Hometown Girl”

 

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