I hear some traditional country music fans say all the time, “Today’s country music sucks!” “My good old country songs are the best and they don’t make it like that anymore.” In some ways you’re right and some ways you’re talking like your parents. I think country music is in a good place right now.
#1 Back in 1982, Casey Kasem’s Top 100 Year End Countdown had 10 country songs in it including songs from Ronnie Milsap, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton. That’s a pop-crossover not only in that year but several of the early 80’s. Now my grandfather at that time was saying that’s not country.
#2 I think country has several different branches that fans can enjoy:
- Traditional Country- Songs like Midland’s, “Drinking Problem,” and “Buy Me A Boat,” by Chris Janson.
- 80’s Pop Country- Songs like LoCash’s, “Ring on Every Finger,” or “The Fighter,” featuring Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood.
- “Bro-Country”- Songs from Luke Bryan and some Jason Aldean songs. (I have no problem with this style country but it gets old quick. They still sing about country things so that’s okay.)
- Rap Country- Songs from Sam Hunt. Can’t stand this style country at all. I think Sam Hunt has talent (He wrote, “I Met A Girl,” by William Michael Morgan so he can do country but I’m not a major fan of some of his music. Just because I’m not a fan of his music doesn’t mean no one else isn’t. He’s had 7 songs that have charted so far and 4 of those songs were #1.
Country music singers felt that they needed to branch out these 4 ways because Pop is not doing well and Rock-n-Roll has completely disappeared off the charts. So what I tell country music fans take it for what it is and know it’s still music that the whole family can listen to of course on 100.7 The Tiger.