Coming in at #9 is Trisha Yearwood, with her first and only appearance on the countdown. This song was absolutely HUGE on my chart, and ended up being my very first 4-week #1! Trisha has never had the most impressive range, in my opinion, but what she does have is super powerful and beautiful. And she sings the HELL out of this song! I will admit it is a bit of a grower, but once it hooks you it does not let go! Another thing about this song is that it hit #1 alongside the passing of our beloved dudley and josh earlier this year... Which made me really sit and listen and reflect on the lyrics in a whole new way. That definitely helped contribute to the length of its stay at #1. This also wasn't a single on country radio, so the fact that it is in the top 10 without any favorites points is super impressive! This song had some crazy longevity, and was the very first song to be on my chart for 30 weeks.
The broken clock is a comfort. It helps me sleep tonight. Maybe it can stop tomorrow from stealing all my time. And I am here still waiting, though i still have my doubts. I am damaged at best, like you've already figured out.
This duet has everything!!! The lyrics are incredibly well-crafted. They completely and accurately highlight the anguish that is being felt by both the wife and the mistress, and make each character feel sympathetic and relatable. The juxtaposition of the two vocal parts is a stroke of pure brilliance as well. Then we get to the actual vocal performances themselves. Both women are powerhouse divas who absolutely bring down the house! Reba sure as hell doesn't sound 60 as she belts out the chorus melody, including the epic key change going into the 3rd chorus. And Jennifer sounds heavenly on the high harmonies throughout the whole song. I have always considered her to have a lower voice, so the simultaneous combination of power and daintiness with which she tackles the high harmonies is astounding, and a perfect example of what a talented vocalist she is. I wish I could hear every female artist sing this song in various combinations Lol can you imagine Martina and Sara??! It would be flipping fantastic!!
Reba: He think it's best to tell me lies, Jenn: He don't even try to hide the truth, Both: So he won't hurt me. Reba: He made a promise he can't keep. Jenn: He can't promise anything. Both: The half of him he gives to me Will never be enough.
This song got super lucky! It actually hung in there on country radio for a looooooooong time, and I loved it the whole time, which means it earned a crap ton of favorites points, in addition to having a strong run on my chart. I really want to like Easton's music, so after several lackluster singles in a row I was READY to embrace an awesome song like this. As such it probably did better than it would have under normal circumstances. Probably shouldn't be in my top 10 faves for the year. This is the highest-placing song on the countdown never to hit #1. But oh well, it is still an awesome song! At least it didn't beat "Peter Pan"!
I wanna fly so high that I'll never come down. I wanna love so hard it could rip my heart out.
Anyone who pays attention has probably noticed that I have a consistent soft spot for Cassadee Pope. When this song came out, I thought it was going to be HUGE. It sounds like a smash hit, plus it was coming immediately on the heels of her first #1 duet with Chris Young! I jumped on it with a fervor that is reserved for only the most anticipated releases. Unfortunately it flopped on country radio, which was one of the most shameful musical moments of 2016. Oh well, I can still love the song. I think the melody is super catchy throughout the whole song, especially in the chorus. I noticed that Cassadee's high notes sound much less thin and strained on the entire EP she released alongside this song, so I think she has been both improving as a vocalist and getting better producers. Also, the way she sings "burned" in "He burned like summer" just slays me for some reason.
He talked like, and he walked like, And he looked like, And he burned like summer.
Josh Turner makes his first and only appearance on the countdown, launching us into the top 5. I love everything about this song. Yes, it is a song about wanting a girl, which is very stereotypical for a country song. But Josh handles the theme with class that is rare among the males of country music these days. My favorite lyric of the song, highlighted below, is "When she gives her love she knows what it's worth." That is such a perfect statement, imo! He wants a girl who is strong enough to stand up for herself in the face of adversity, somebody who will not put up with abuse just because somebody tells her they love her. As always, you can count on Josh Turner to put a mature and classy twist on the song. The most amazing thing about this song's performance on the countdown, however, is that it is still going strong! It still has at least a couple weeks left on my chart. And it is still a current single that finally seems to be picking up steam on the real country charts. Which means I haven't even incorporated any favorites points for this song yet!! It is the very first 3xPlatinum song on the countdown, and it could potentially earn another 1000 points before all is said and done... (In other words, this will very likely end up being another top 5 entry in 2017!)
She's got an old soul. She's the salt of the earth. When she gives her love she knows what it's worth.
4. "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" - Billy Currington
Peak: 1 (1 week)
Total Points: 1272
Billy managed to release one of the catchiest songs of the year with this one. IDHLIUT is awesome in every way! The thing that really sells it though is Billy's vocal performance. The power and passion with which he belts the choruses is astounding, and really helps convey a ton of emotion. The high note Billy hits in the 3rd chorus is astounding as well! ("Been going through hell getting over you.") Definitely higher than I have heard him go before! This song managed to make it so high on the countdown because it had pretty good longevity both on my chart and the real country charts, so I managed to get a little tired of it, but I am still happy to see it in the top 10.
I had a couple beers with one of my friends. Told him just how our story ends. Did all I could to try to make it work, But you drug my heart through the Alabama dirt.
I think "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" was the definition of a song everyone agreed was awesome (I didn't see any hate for it anywhere) and is still such a jam! This song is one I never get tired as Billy Currington sings it with such raw passion and grit.
But seriously it seems like no one has any hate for that song and I honestly love it.
I'm standing by my initial prediction and saying "Reckless" wins. Reason it's you and Martina McBride. That's like me and Lauren Alaina or indulge and Sara Evans.
The moment a lot of you have been waiting for! Kelsea Ballerini happily welcomes us into the top 3 "Peter Pan" is one of the very best songs of the year, and definitely deserves to be in the top 3. Kelsea sounds absolutely fantastic on it! Her voice has a very unique semi-raspy texture to it that suits this song perfectly and makes me look forward to hearing more from her as a vocalist. My very favorite part of this song, however, is the music video. Everything about it is amazing, from the scenery to the outfits to the airplane tricks. It was also the first time I ever paid attention and realized how freaking gorgeous Kelsea is I definitely hope to hear her continue along this path in the future, because songs like this will bring her much more success than songs like "Love Me Like You Mean It", in my opinion.
Deep down, I knew that you were too good to be true, But every piece and part of me wanted to believe in you. Now it's happily ever never. I guess now I know better.
You are killing me with your spoilers lol!!! Gratz to Kelsea, easily is one of my favorite country songs of all time (I start in country stuff in 2012) This easily beats "Wanted" as my fav country song
Maddie & Tae make their final appearance on the countdown at #2! This song is country music at its finest. I love everything these girls have to offer! They have such a throwback sound, full of steel guitar, mandolin, piano, and even a little fiddle sometimes. And yet, despite their sound being so deliciously '90s, they also fit in perfectly on a modern playlist. That is a delicate balance to strike, but these girls did it flawlessly for their entire debut album! I am so excited to get new music from them in 2017 Back to this song, it is also pure comedic genius. If you listen to the words, it is so dang funny! The entire chorus is gold, which is why I quoted the whole thing below. The song is super sassy and spiteful towards men, but it comes across as legitimately funny rather than simply boy-bashing. The guy seems like a buffoonish cartoon character, which just adds to the humor of the situation. The music video also adds a few extra layers to the humor, making the song even better! Last but not least, we once again see flawless vocals from both Maddie & Tae. Their voices complement each other so well, and make every song they sing even better!
Oh, I was fishing. He was wishing we were kissing. I was getting madder than a hornet in an old Coke can. Getting closer, sliding over, Crowding up my casting shoulder, Reaching out and trying to hold my reeling hand. And saying I'm pretty, saying he's in love And how it don't get any better than this. I said, "Yeah, it could, boy, if you would Shut up and fish."
As many of you predicted, Martina McBride obliterates the competition, coming in at #1 on the countdown! This song came with a ton of hype for me, because it was the first time Martina released a lead single in approximately 5 years. I first found out Martina had recorded this song when I heard one of the songwriters (Sarah Buxton) sing it live on YouTube. I absolutely fell in love with that performance! I was super intrigued because it is such a unique song, and I could not wait to see how Martina pulled it off. Well, when I found out it was going to be the lead single, I was PUMPED. Martina released teasers for like a week leading up to its release, and I literally lost sleep with all my excitement... Then it came out, and my obsession grew even more. This song has such a unique melodic structure throughout the whole thing. It also has a fascinating lyrical structure as well, because if you actually pay attention the lyrics are pretty much gibberish until you get to the hook of the song, which ties everything together. It is just incomplete sentence after incomplete sentence, many of them actually somewhat cliched, giving a hint that the narrator was reckless in her youth and that her lover should have never fallen in love with such a mess, but never actually finishing the thought, until it is revealed that for loving her the way he does, the lover is actually just as reckless as she is. That hook is absolutely brilliant because it is such an understated and sudden reversal of everything that the lyrics had hinted at leading up to it. I also love the descriptive verbs used in the song. The first verse is especially brilliant, so I quoted it below. Finally, the production is another thing that makes this song super unique. In many ways, it is the most contemporary-sounding thing Martina has ever released, and yet the more I listen to it the more I think it fits right in with everything else she has ever done. I love how the production constantly builds in intensity, from nothing but synthesizers and mandolin/piano in the 1st verse, leading up to unexpected bass drum hits in the middle of the 1st chorus and 2nd verse, and then the full band coming in for the rest of the song and screaming their way through the 2nd chorus and bridge, only to get quiet again suddenly to start the last chorus. I know some people don't agree with me, but I find the whole thing to be super well executed. This song still has a lot of replay value for me too. This has undoubtedly been my most-played radio song of 2016, so it is only fitting that it should have accumulated enough points to finish at #1 on the countdown
For stumbling through a mess of dances, For squandering my second chances. For wrecking every dream and breaking everything I’ve ever had.
Haven't commented here in a LONG time due to my trip to Alaska and didn't watch any countdowns for some time, and because school is starting again tomorrow, don't really have time to look over everything, but I'll certainly do so and comment on the songs asap! But for now, your top 3 is just !!! You know my love for "Peter Pan", and despite me already loving her two previous singles, this song really impressed me and was the Kelsea song that really got me into country! I'm so happy it made #3 on your 2016 countdown! While my fave from Maddie & Tae is undeniably "Fly", "Shut Up And Fish" is still such a fun song and just makes me so happy to listen to it! Though it only barely cracked top 50 on my chart, it's still such an awesome song and it was peaking when country was barely making a breakthrough on my chart, so top 50 was already very awesome for it! And "Reckless"... I first heard it in the 2016 Madness competition, and although I was meh with it in the first one or two hears, after hearing it quite a few times as it advanced quite a bit, it really started growing on me, and the melodic structure to it is GOLD! The instrumentals are just so unique and add so much more to the song! Though between "Peter Pan" and "Reckless", I think I still enjoy the former more, "Reckless" is definitely at the "Peter Pan" level and one of my favorite songs this year, and is preparing to smash on my chart!
What a flawless top 3! I can't wait to read the rest of your countdown soon!
Chicken077's Top 5 - Week of 11/24/2018 (Week 206) 1. Richard Marx & Donna Lewis - At The Beginning (DEBUT AT #1) 2. The Chainsmokers f/ Kelsea Ballerini - This Feeling (-1) (Peak: 3 Weeks at #1) 3. Bazzi f/ Camila Cabello - Beautiful (+10) (Peak: 3) 4. Kelsea Ballerini - Miss Me More (+2) (Peak: 4) 5. Chase Martin - Do What I Wanna (-3) (Peak: 2)
Hey guys, sorry I haven't gotten the charts going yet for this year. I am currently working on my Master's in Teaching, and my first term ends at the end of January. Bonehead me saved 4 substantial papers for the end of the term So I have been so crazy busy the last couple weeks frantically fighting to get them all done. I still have 3 to go... But I started with the longest one, and I just submitted it tonight!! Hopefully the other 3 go fairly quickly!
So, long story short, I might not get around to posting charts for 2017 until February 1st. Lol my life will calm down drastically at that point whether I am finished with everything or not
In the meantime, I just wanted to do a quick reveal of who my top 10 artists were in 2016. I meant to do it towards the end of my countdown, but I forgot! So here they are, my top 10 artists of 2016:
10) Chris Young
Total Points: 2176 Songs Charted: "I'm Comin' Over", "Think Of You" (Cassadee Pope), "Sober Saturday Night" (Vince Gill)
Fine, I'll start posting my charts for this year! Jeez!
Week #62: Dated January 1, 2017
As we enter the first week of 2017 (HA!), Chris Young steps up to claim his 3rd #1 single, knocking down Maren Morris from her 3-week reign at the top. Vince Gill also can claim to have a #1 single on my chart, without even singing a note! Sara Evans meanwhile continues her unrelenting progress, earning Todd Chrisley what will almost certainly be the only top 2 hit he ever gets on my chart. Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney/P!nk round out the top 5. Josh Turner continues to tumble after his astounding dominance the last couple months of 2016. Runaway June and Jana Kramer manage to pass him. Maddie & Tae move ahead some more, allowing Carrie Underwood to surge ahead of the Artists of Then, Now, & Forever to claim the top 10 once again.
In the top 15, Tim McGraw continues to fall. Reba surges ahead of him, while Sara Evans and Vince Gill both wait behind. Keith Urban flies past Lauren Alaina, and George Strait makes the top 20. Brad Paisley is the sole entrant to the top 25. Within the top 30, Brooke Eden puts up a valiant effort and manages to pass Jennifer Nettles, while Kelsea Ballerini and Florida Georgia Line/Tim McGraw make the top 30. Speaking of Tim McGraw, after his stellar top 40 debut for "Love Runs" on the last chart, he moves up 3 spaces to #35, proving that he can move pretty fast for an old guy. Garth Brooks passes Dan + Shay, who seem to be stalling lately. Martina McBride moves up into the top 40 in her 2nd week on the chart, while King George brings "Everything I See" back to the chart for a top 40 debut.
Within the top 50, Sara Evans appears to have another hot hit on her hands, as "If I Run" runs up 5 positions from #49 to #44 in its 2nd week. Dierks Bentley brings "Black" to the chart this week, as well as Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton with their latest songs.
Also, at me not even hearing "A Guy With A Girl" enough on the radio to decide whether I liked it enough to chart it until now, when he literally just announced the followup single
Miranda Lambert - “Vice” - Peak: 3 - Weeks On: 23
Drake White - “Livin’ The Dream” - Peak: 26 - Weeks On: 10
Cole Swindell - “Middle Of A Memory” - Peak: 36 - Weeks On: 9
Michael Ray - “Think A Little Less” - Peak: 41 - Weeks On: 11
George Strait - "Everything I See" - Debut: 40
Dierks Bentley - "Black" - Debut: 47
Miranda Lambert - "We Should Be Friends" - Debut: 49 Blake Shelton - "A Guy With A Girl" - Debut: 50
Will continue next week.
Top 20 Favorites:
1) Better Man - Little Big Town
2) Sober Saturday Night - Chris Young ft. Vince Gill
3) Lipstick - Runaway June
4) 80s Mercedes - Maren Morris
5) Today - Brad Paisley
6) Hometown Girl - Josh Turner
7) Missing - William Michael Morgan
8) Blue Ain’t Your Color - Keith Urban
9) Hey Heartbreak - Jennifer Nettles
10) Circles - Jana Kramer
11) Yeah Boy - Kelsea Ballerini
12) Burn The Bed - Candi Carpenter
13) If I Told You - Darius Rucker
14) Road Less Traveled - Lauren Alaina
15) Love Triangle - RaeLynn
16) Kill A Word - Eric Church ft. Rhiannon Giddens
Fantastic start!! I echo what trustypepper said. It's so nice to see Chris and Vince on the top. LOVE that Tim's "Love Runs" is charting...I must have missed that. But, more importantly that George debuts at #40 with "Everything I See." Glad that Miranda's new one is also starting out on your chart. It's awesome to have your chart back up.
Chris Young manages to hang onto the top spot, giving him his first multi-week #1. Unfortunately, Sara Evans loses her grip, slipping and falling from #2, allowing Martina McBride, Runaway June, and Kenny Chesney to slip past her. Jana Kramer is held in position, while Carrie Underwood zooms past Maddie & Tae. Artists of Then, Now, & Forever slips into the top 10 for the first time.
In the top 20, Keith Urban sees a strong move from #17 to #14. Trent Harmon, RaeLynn, and Little Big Town all enter the top 20. George Strait manages to lose ground, falling out of the top 20. Brooke Eden is passed by both Kelsea Ballerini and Jennifer Nettles. William Michael Morgan, Darius Rucker, and Candi Carpenter all enter the top 30. Florida Georgia Line also fall out of the top 30.
Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi both make the top 40, while Sara Evans waits just outside. Blake Shelton begins to make strong progress. Billy Currington manages to debut ahead of Miranda Lambert in her 2nd week. Ryan Follese and Jason Aldean both debut behind her.
Falling Off: Josh Turner - “Hometown Girl” - Peak: 1 (3 weeks) - Weeks On: 34 Tim McGraw - “How I’ll Always Be” - Peak: 11 - Weeks On: 24 Kane Brown - “Thunder In The Rain” - Peak: 48 - Weeks On: 3
New Entries: Billy Currington - "Do I Make You Wanna" - Debut: 47 Ryan Follese - "Put A Label On It" - Debut: 49 Jason Aldean - "Any Ol' Barstool" - Debut: 50
Top 20 Favorites: 1) Better Man - Little Big Town 2) Sober Saturday Night - Chris Young ft. Vince Gill 3) 80s Mercedes - Maren Morris 4) Circles - Jana Kramer 5) Lipstick - Runaway June 6) Hometown Girl - Josh Turner 7) Burn The Bed - Candi Carpenter 8) Dirty Laundry - Carrie Underwood 9) Yeah Boy - Kelsea Ballerini 10) Missing - William Michael Morgan 11) If I Told You - Darius Rucker 12) Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore 13) Put A Label On It - Ryan Follese 14) Room To Breathe - Chase Bryant 15) A Guy With A Girl - Blake Shelton 16) Any Ol’ Barstool - Jason Aldean 17) In Case You Didn’t Know - Brett Young 18) Star Of The Show - Thomas Rhett 19) Today - Brad Paisley 20) Road Less Traveled - Lauren Alaina
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