Speaking of people we haven't heard very much from yet, here's Jana Kramer once again! This song hit the top 3 very shortly after I started making my chart, so it unfortunately got most of its chart run cut off, and therefore places relatively low for a top 3 hit. That being said, I am okay that it comes about halfway through the pack, because I consider this song to be more of a 2015 song. Also, it was honestly out for SO LONG that it started to wear on me despite being an awesome song. I still enjoy listening to it on my own terms though now that it is no longer being forced upon me every time I turn on the radio. The production of this song is top-notch. We REALLY get to celebrate the dobro in this song, because it is super prominent, which is awesome!! The lyrics are also quite strong. I love the chorus, which I posted below. Longing for a past lover who now has found somebody else is a pretty common theme in country music, but this song puts a new twist on it by showing regret for the immaturity of the previous relationship because they were so much younger.
I got the first kiss, and she'll get the last. She's got the future, and I got the past. I got the class ring, she got the diamond and wedding band. I got the boy, and she got the man.
Alan Jackson, Mr. Consistent, makes a return with his current single. Alan is always like a blast of nostalgia from the '90s and early '00s, so I very willingly support him as much as possible. That being said, I was slightly bored with this song at first. I listened to it probably 5 times and still couldn't remember anything about the melody. It finally stuck with me though, and now I very much enjoy it. This song is another theme that always works really well for me: the narrator sees a girl in a bar who is currently sad and in the process of being stood up, and thinks about how much better she would be treated if she were dating him instead. Why are some guys so stupid as to waste a girl's time and break her heart by setting up a date and then not showing up? I always get mad at pointless douchebaggery, so I completely sympathize with anyone in a situation like this song. Plus Alan sounds great!
How many glasses of Cabernet, How many minutes slip away? How many times were you gonna check your phone? I'm telling you if you were mine, You wouldn't be sitting here counting the time. You'd never spend a single moment alone. I bet he don't get how lucky he is, The one you're waiting on.
Martina stirred my soul around a bit in 2015 when she released this random surprise studio recording of her longtime concert fan favorite, "Over The Rainbow" to tide fans over while she worked on her new album. I absolutely love this version of the song!! The a cappella intro is awesome, and then the song just builds from there until it reaches a soaring crescendo when she wails out the chorus one more time and really reaches for the high notes in classic Martina McBride fashion. The best part of this song though, is that it is very clearly a one-shot take that is completely unedited. There are a few flat notes peppered throughout, and then her voice breaks a little bit after she launches into the last chorus. But it is these minor flaws that make this song so incredible for me. This is one of those songs that is honestly a little boring to me, so hearing her sound so raw and real gives the song a much-needed boost of personality and energy. Plus the fact that this is pretty much a live studio recording just emphasizes how incredible of a vocalist Martina truly is. Her vocal control is borderline flawless, and despite the fact that this song is obviously much harder for her to sing now at 50 than it was when she was 30, she STILL knocks it out of the park. Also, I cannot get over the moment when she jumps into head voice during "dreams" in the last chorus. She has never been an artist who shows off her head voice much, and it is SO dark yet lively, so resonant and rich, that it never fails to give me goosebumps. This is a bit of a weird song to chart, but it was her newest song when I started my chart, and of course I couldn't wait to chart something from Martina! I only charted this song up to #5 though because it was time to make room for "Reckless" when it came out, but this song probably deserved to do better.
Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true.
72. "Without A Fight" - Brad Paisley ft. Demi Lovato
Total Points: 538
This song is a very interesting one. The idea that having sex while angry with each other is pretty great is something that we have all heard at some point in our lives, but I never thought to write a song about it. Well, apparently somebody did, because that is what this song is about! Sure, Brad is twice Demi's age, but let's sing about angry sex anyway! Understandably that turned a few heads and made some people not like this song. I don't mind, however, because I am able to remove the artists from the equation. This song is not about THEM, for crying out loud. Brad and Demi both deliver awesome vocal performances, especially Demi! I wish this song had performed better on the real charts, because it was not a very strong chart run overall considering it was Brad Paisley. I would love to see Demi dabble with country a bit more, because I have always thought she had an excellent voice!
Sometimes I think We hurt each other just because of where it'll lead. Sometimes I think We're fighting just to be lovers, and all so needlessly.
Florida Georgia Line make a return! "Confession" was sure a surprise for me. These boys have a reputation for releasing music that embodies literally everything I hate about modern country, so when this more serious-sounding song came out from them in late 2015, I was more than willing to support it. I still think their voices are absolutely atrocious, but this song is actually pretty good! And it has kicked off a mature-streak that I really appreciate from FGL, so I guess I am grateful for this song! I still got tired of it very quickly because it is FGL, but it is definitely in their top 3 singles for me!
Embers in the ashtray glow Like memories that won't let go. I'm out here trying to get 'em untangled In the darkness on the edge of town, A little lost, a little found, Waiting on a call from an angel.
I didn't comment yesterday so I'm not going to post my thoughts on all the songs
I will say this. "After The Storm Blows Thru" is an absolute masterpiece gem of a song. If you guys thought I loved "Road Less Traveled" it is nothing compared to this absolute masterpiece. For starters Maddie's voice sounds truly heartbreaking, like she experience it first hand. When the chorus hits both women sound amazing. The lyrics are something I can relate to a lot as I have always promised my friends and especially my best friend that I'll be there for them no matter what. This song spoke to me in the sense for being there for your friends. The absolute best part however is when the final chorus hits and Tae's harmonies stand out especially when she sings "I'll face that wind by your side, even take on that rain". Particularly the take and face part as Tae's voice really shines.
Honestly I can talk about this song and the amount of impact it has had on me.
For the songs tonight
"I Got The Boy" 9/10- Anyway, this song is great and what I love in particular is I can tell there is a sense of regret but also acceptance of this song and adds so many layers to this song and my only slight problem is the fact that I feel like Jana Kramer over sings a little bit on the chorus.
"Without A Fight" 7/10- I love Demi Lovato part and the guitar work is good. My only problem is that it never quite takes off and is a little forgetful
"Confession" 10/10- This song recently clicked for me and the line "That guy looking back in the windshield looks like me but there's a crack in the reflection, hope he's moving in the right direction". That line impacted me in a way that no other single in 2016 (yeah it was released late 2015 but whatever). What technically holds the song back is...... honestly nothing a downright amazing song and I never ever thought I'd ever say that about Florida Georgia Line.
The steel guitar intro to this song is absolutely haunting!!!!! I can't get enough of that sound <3 Also, the introductory lines to this song (quoted below) are incredibly catchy. They instantly sucked me in and made me want to keep listening the first time I heard the song. Unfortunately, the chorus is a little bit of a disappointment after the amazing verses. It is super repetitive, which is never my favorite style. That is just a minor setback though. I probably don't like this as much as everyone else seemed to, but Cam sounds spectacular on this song. Her voice is something special, so I hope she can find more success with her next album. This song deserved to do way better than it did on the country charts.
You are overbearing. I'm not in love, But I don't wanna tell you.
Brantley Gilbert comes in at #69 for his one and only appearance on this countdown. I have never been a big fan of Brantley, but I more often than not enjoy his mid-tempo material like this. His voice sucks quite a bit, but this song is pretty good. It is a pretty mature song, and deals with a strong theme of actually loving someone in real life and not just when you are drunk. If this were sung by a better vocalist, I definitely would have enjoyed this more, but as it stands I started getting super sick of it by the time it peaked on both real country radio and my chart, so I am a little disappointed to see this so high. Oh well, at least it is a pretty good song, and I am less tired of it now than I was a few months ago.
I let the whiskey talk, And baby it said too much. I got the feeling now That it didn't say enough, Cause I'm waking up alone Missing that midnight kiss.
Rascal Flatts had a pretty quiet year, so this is their one and only entry on the countdown. It is not my favorite of theirs by any stretch, but it managed to grow on me quite a bit and become a top 10 hit. Gary's voice is really good in the first verse, in my opinion. I love the softer tone to it, as well as the runs he does at the end of each phrase. He really is a pretty strong technical vocalist, despite a lot of people not liking how high he can go. Overall the chorus is pretty lame though, and took a long time to grow on me (but eventually did). I am really excited for Rascal Flatts to come back with new music, because I usually like their songs a lot more than I liked this one. 2017 has potential to be a much bigger year for them!
Love the sound of the thunder rollin'. It makes you move a little closer to me. And girl, I bet that your neighbors hate us, Cause we could laugh all night and never sleep.
Lauren Alaina makes her return with her hit from earlier in the year. This song is the kind of pop-country that had to grow on me a little bit. I LIKE pop country, but usually songs have a poppy instrumentation with country lyrics/melody. This song is almost the opposite, in that the production is not that far off from the rest of modern country, but the melody is pure pop. What ultimately won me over though is the vocal performance. Lauren has a fantastic voice, which everyone already knows, but I was absolutely floored in the 3rd chorus when she just effortlessly starts belting F5s out of the blue! Lauren has such a strong voice. If she hits it big, she could give Carrie Underwood a run for her money in terms of their combination of vocal power and range. Carrie is pretty much in a niche by herself right now, so I think it would be really cool if Lauren Alaina hit it big and joined her! Unfortunately the fact that Carrie is already in that niche is probably a reason for Lauren to NOT become famous because of the way the sexist country industry thinks...
I thought I knew you from somewhere Right when you walked through the door. You look a lot like my next boyfriend. I can't believe how much you act like him.
Tara Thompson is the full package, in my opinion. Good voice, awesome country instrumentation, and sassy humor that just comes so naturally. Not to mention, she is absolutely flipping gorgeous!! This song is an acquired taste for sure, mostly because the phrasing and rhyme scheme don't really follow an intuitive pattern. But the song makes me laugh, and the production is excellent, so I was happy to support it! It wasn't very successful on the country charts, and Tara doesn't seem to have gotten a very strong push to radio yet, so hopefully her label is building her hype a little bit right now behind-the-scenes so she can actually have a legitimate shot for success with her next single. I know she has a fairly low voice, but I would also love to see her sing something that showcases her range a little more when she comes out with something new. Her EP doesn't really push her at all. It is hard to tell how strong of a vocalist she is based on what she has shown us thus far.
I don't even own a pair of high heels, But I bought these at Payless on my lunch break.
CAM, Lauren and Rascal Flatts! Oooh...so good. Cam definitely deserves more recognition, imo. I really hope Sony gives her a shot at album #2. And, album number two would provide more visually captivating music videos, too. Both videos for "Burning House" and "Mayday" were like movies. It kind of reminded me of the days when Shania had big video productions, (IGGG and "Ka-Ching" come to mind in comparison).
This song is ear-candy at its finest!!! When it came to picking which additional songs from Slow Me Down to chart while we wait for new Sara Evans music to be ready, this song was an EASY choice. I am normally not a fan of whistling in songs, but this song totally works. It is the definition of catchy. I always felt like if this song were to be a single it would be an easy summertime smash. You know, back when I thought there was a possibility that Sara Evans might actually see chart success with this album... Unfortunately, RCA flubbed up the release schedule by waiting like a year before releasing a 2nd single, just like they always manage to do with her. And then the second single barely even made the charts, effectively ending this album era less than 6 months after its release... You could call me a bitter Sara Evans fan Haha but it is hard not to be when she delivers a flawless album that is literally dripping with radio potential and then the label sits on it 'til it dies.
This song also has the distinction of being the only song on my chart to ever leap up to #1 from outside of the top 10! I saw Sara Evans in concert, and I just couldn't help but push this song straight up to #1 Unfortunately that meant it missed out on all the points songs normally accumulate in the top 10, which means this is one of the lowest-placing #1s on the countdown.
It's not the weather, it's not the atmosphere. It's you that's got me grinning from ear to ear.
Certification: Platinum (First song to be certified Platinum on my chart!!!!)
As we approach the top 60, the hits just keep getting bigger and bigger! Brothers Osborne hit #1 with this back in the first month or so of my chart. This song was a deserved smash hit on country radio, and I am so glad it was. My favorite part of this song is how the lead singer sounds so similar to Josh Turner in the first verse. Josh's voice is pure velvety sexiness, (and I say that as a straight man!) so this song made me miss him even more in a time when he didn't have anything on the charts. All Josh Turner comparisons aside though, this song is also pretty catchy. While the chorus was not my favorite at first, it quickly grew on me. And then these brothers are just phenomenal musicians! The guitar work on this song is unreal! I look forward to hearing more from this duo, because they have a sound that seamlessly blends neo-trad and modern, which is usually something I love.
I tell myself I'm not in love, But one more time is not enough. One last kiss and then you're a goner, And I'm here wishing you could stay a little longer.
I have never been much of a Jake Owen fan, but every once in awhile he wins me over. Ironically one of the things I have always disliked about him is his tendency to talk-sing... But then that is how this song is in the verses, and it was actually pretty good! I definitely took some time to warm up to this one, but eventually I realized what an ear worm that chorus is. This song just has a groove to it that goes perfect with rolling the windows down and cruising the highway on a sunny day, so it was a perfect summertime smash. This will be the only Jake Owen song on the countdown, because his previous single "Real Life" didn't even chart for me. Hopefully he manages to release something else I like in 2017, because the chances are precarious at this point.
In every town in every place, There's a boy who's trying to take a chance And dance, and find a way to run away with her heart.
I know, I know. It almost feels sacrilegious to have this song featured so high on the countdown! BUIAST is a MAJOR guilty pleasure for me. Sam Hunt has consistently won me over, believe it or not... Despite how staunch of a country fan I am, and how little I actively seek out other genres, Sam Hunt has won me over with almost all of his singles thus far. While I hate Jake Owen's talk-singing, I actually think the way Sam does it manages to enhance the song. This song, as well as "Take Your Time", would not be nearly the songs that they are without his random talking. Maybe it's the way he talks and sings within the same line, which is something that nobody else in country music has really done before. I also think this song has pretty clever lyrics all throughout. The dubstep-esque drop in the choruses is also killer... This song is not country in any way, shape, or form, and I was shocked there was no pushback from country radio when it was released. But long story short, I love almost everything about this song, even though it goes against almost everything you guys would expect of me!
I knew she'd find a way to get over me, But I'd never thought that She would get down with somebody I know. I guess that's just how it goes When you break up in a small town.
Brothers Osborne manage to make a second appearance in this batch! "21 Summer" is such a smooth song, and I can't help but feel relaxed and nostalgic when I listen to it. That being said, just like was the case with "Stay A Little Longer", I love the verses of this song much more than anything else. The chorus actually manages to lose me for some reason. It's like somewhere between the verses and the choruses the song just becomes boring. This song would not have outpeaked "Stay A Little Longer" on the countdown, except for the fact that SALL had the majority of its chart run cut off. I figured the chorus of this one would grow on me more, because that's what happened with SALL, but unfortunately that is not the case. I still LIKE this song, and it probably placed appropriately on the countdown, but it just doesn't jump out at me like my favorites normally do.
I hope you find the storm that you were chasing. Hope your eyes are still as full of dreams As they were that night when you slipped off those cut off jeans.
Sorry I haven't posted anything for a few days. My uncle is in the hospital (I explained everything in the Random Thoughts thread), so I haven't been around my computer as much as normal. I'm not sure how many days behind we are now (4? Like 20ish songs?), so I won't try to catch back up in one day. We'll still finish the countdown eventually
Sorry for yet another delay. I got sick a couple days before Christmas, and pretty much put my life on hold until today But now I'm back, and more ready than ever to make some more progress on this thing. Let's try to get to the top 50 tonight!
60. "That Don't Sound Like You" - Lee Brice
Total Points: 630
This song seems a little bit old to be on a 2016 countdown. But then again, just like most of Lee Brice's songs, this one lasted FOREVER on radio, so it probably did peak this year despite being released in early 2015. Either way, I honestly forgot about it... I am shocked to see this make it so high! But I must confess, it is not an altogether unpleasant surprise. Just like all of Lee Brice's latest solo singles, this song grew on me exponentially over time. I think the overall premise of the song is super strong, where the guy is looking at his ex lover and feeling sad about how badly her new lover is treating her. Definitely not a very common theme! I also love the production. The guitar riffs in this song are super catchy, and the guitar solo in the middle is awesome stuff. I look forward to Lee Brice when he releases music like this, so I am eager to see what his new music sounds like in the hopefully near future.
I know it's been a while. I don't mean to pry, But when I asked you if you're happy, I didn't hear a smile, And that don't sound like you.
This song might have my favorite lyrics of 2016. The hook is absolutely haunting... "You caught it by the handle, and I caught it by the blade." The simplicity of that lyric is even more amazing when you consider the expansive and vivid imagery that is evoked by it. It gives me goosebumps pretty much every time. On top of that, Ashley Monroe has a crystalline voice, and she carries this heartbreaking ballad with class and elegance that makes you listen to every single word and feel its full impact. This was a very well-deserved #1 on my chart this year.
I let your love in. I have the scar. I felt the razor against my heart. I thought we were both in all the way, But you caught it by the handle And I caught it by the blade.
Alan Jackson returns with his usual melodic and lyrical brilliance. This song is like a '90s gem that sounds super out of place among the modern country and puts it all to shame. It reminds you of the way country is SUPPOSED to sound in its purest most popular form. This song is short and clever while being simple; a formula that Alan Jackson and George Strait pioneered all throughout their careers. Unfortunately it is somewhat boring melodically compared to Alan's best material, and it wore on me, inspiring me to drop it when it was just outside the top 10. In fact, this might very well be the highest-placing song to never make the top 10! Either way, it definitely deserves to be this high. I hope Alan returns soon with music that takes no effort to fall in love with like I am used to from him.
You can't blend whiskey with a good woman's love. They don't go together; love's already hard enough.
I was eagerly anticipating Joe Nichols' return with new music after how wildly popular his last album era was. As a result, I probably embraced this song much more wholeheartedly than I normally would have considering its quality. This song is just alright, but it is a little bit annoying. I am not even slightly surprised it was not a hit on country radio. That being said, it has one of the most clever lyrics of 2016 highlighted below! I love that part! I have always enjoyed Joe Nichols' neo-traditional sound, but this song is a little too stereotypically "country bumpkin" for me. He is normally much better than this.
Yeah, I can't seem to smell or tell the difference Between a pile of bull and a pile of politicians.
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