The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [Feb. 14]

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 by either Derek 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 between 5 and 6.5 receive a 0. Songs rated 4.5 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. To see the full list of the top 30 country airplay songs for this week, click here. Let’s take a look at this week’s top thirty.  

  1. Luke Bryan – “I See You” -1 (Up 1)
  2. Eric Church – “Talladega” +1 (Down 1)
  3. Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze” -1 (Up 1)
  4. Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna” -1 (Up 2)
  5. Randy Houser – “Like A Cowboy” +1 (Up 2)
  6. Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight” +1 (Up 2)
  7. Jason Aldean – “Just Gettin’ Started” -1 (Up 2)
  8. Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water” +1 (Down 5)
  9. Brett Eldredge – “Mean To Me” (Up 1)
  10. Chase Bryant – “Take It On Back” -1 (Up 1)
  11. Darius Rucker – “Homegrown Honey” -1 (Up 1)
  12. Chris Young – “Lonely Eyes” (Up 2)
  13. Kenny Chesney – “Til It’s Gone” (Down 8)
  14. Lee Brice – “Drinking Class” +1 (Down 1)
  15. Cole Swindell – “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” -1 
  16. Lady Antebellum – “Freestyle” -1 (Up 1)
  17. Jake Owen – “What We Ain’t Got” +1 (Up 1)
  18. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do” +1 (Up 1)
  19. Zac Brown Band – “Homegrown” +1 (Up 4)
  20. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time” -1 
  21. Tyler Farr – “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” +1 
  22. A Thousand Horses – “Smoke” (Up 2)
  23. Kristian Bush – “Trailer Hitch” +1 (Down 1)
  24. Eric Paslay – “She Don’t Love You” +1 (Up 2)
  25. Miranda Lambert – “Little Red Wagon” -1 (Up 2)
  26. Easton Corbin – “Baby Be My Love Song” -1 (Down 1)
  27. Billy Currington – “Don’t It” -1 (Up 1)
  28. Keith Urban & Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up” (New To Top 30)
  29. Toby Keith – “Drunk Americans” -1 
  30. Joe Nichols – “Hard To Be Cool” -1 (New To Top 30)

RaeLynn’s “God Made Girls” fell from #16 to out of the top 30.

Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” fell from #30 to out of the top 30.

The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music: -3

The pulse slightly improves to -3 this week after being at -4 last week. What brought about this change was RaeLynn’s “God Made Girls” falling back out of the top 30 and this time it should be for good. Kelsea Ballerini only spent one week in the top 30 before falling out. The two new songs are improvements and that’s only because they’re replacing such terrible songs. The first is Keith Urban and Erich Church’s “Raise ‘Em Up,” which isn’t surprising at all. If they win a Grammy for it this Sunday it will boost it even more. Either way I see this song reaching the top ten easily. The other new song is Joe Nichols’ newest single “Hard To Be Cool.” I was hoping Joe’s return to the The Pulse would be with a better song, but sadly it’s just another terrible, checklist song. I miss the old Joe Nichols who made good music.

Luke Bryan’s “I See You” is the new #1 on the charts. I called this last week. Bryan shouldn’t have too long of a stay at the top because Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and Randy Houser are all rising quickly behind him. Houser would be the only upgrade. The biggest gainers are “Raise ‘Em Up,” which moved up 12 spots, “Homegrown” moved up four spots and several songs moved up two spots. The biggest losers are “God Made Girls” which fell out of the top 30 completely, “Til It’s Gone” fell eight spots and “Something in the Water” dropped down five spots. So yes Carrie will not reach #1 on the Airplay chart, just as everyone suspected. Her camp is already pushing “Little Toy Guns,” so “Something in the Water” will be out of the top 30 within a couple of weeks. What a shame.

Be sure to weigh in on this week’s chart in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “The Current Pulse of Mainstream Country Music [Feb. 14]

  1. All righty a new Top 60. Here we go this time with explanation.
    1. I See You -1. His delivery in this is poor. It’s way to uneven for me to enjoy.
    2. Talladega +1. Definite good song shame it’s only got one week. I’m curious what Eric will do next.
    3 Sun Daze -1. I hate this song and wanna destroy it with a sledgehammer. It should peak at number 2.
    4. Make Me Wanna -1. Just way too forgetful to justify neutral.
    5. Like A Cowboy +1. One of his best vocal performances ever a definite bright spot.
    6. Lonely Tonight +1. I refuse to acknowledge Blake Shelton. Ashley steals this song to make it really good.
    7. Just Getting Started -1. Screw this song
    8. Something In The Water +1 third best song on the chart.
    9. Mean To Me +1. Love the voice and arrangement the lyrics are a little bland.
    10. Take It On Back 0. Unlike other bro country I don’t mind this song there’s a lot of fun and energy still nothing special.
    11. Homegrown Honey -1. Screw this song too.
    12. Lonely Eyes. +1 Rather reluctant but I love the appreciation voice and him sounding more modern.
    13. Til It’s Gone 0. I will somewhat miss this song it might’ve been the weakest out of the Top 5 a month ago but a good song nonetheless.
    14. Drinking Class +1. Another reluctant positive 1. But Lee does sound in the right singing voice.
    15. Ain’t Worth The Whiskey -1. I still wish he could sing better and maybe it would’ve gotten better.
    16. Freestyle -1. This IS the worse song this is essentially rap.
    17. What We Ain’t Got +1. Perfection raw pure greatness.
    18. Say You Do +1. A rather great song about an 8/10
    19. Homegrown +1. Zac Brown Band continues to excite me.
    20. Take Your Time -1. Second worst song on the charts.
    21. A Guy Walks Into A Bar +1 Continues to stay strong and good thing too
    22. Smoke 0 So Bland I half the time forget it.
    23. Trailer Hitch +1 If this song goes it should be proud of itself for how far it’s made it.
    24. She Don’t Love You +1 One of the best songs in a long time.
    25. Little Red Wagon 0. I don’t hate it/ love it it’s a definite improvement though over Something Bad
    26. Baby Be My Love Song -1. Hate this song however so boring and pointless.
    27. Don’t It -1. Way too bland to give neutral too
    28. Raise Em Up Reluctant +1. I like the Somebody Like You vibe to this one of my favorite Keith urban songs
    29. Drunk Americans -1. To quote my favorite songs on the charts right now Pack up your $%#t and get gone get gone
    30. Hard To Be Cool -1. Hate auto tune and sell outs he fits both.
    31. Trouble +1. My favorite song love everything minus the lyrics but the amount of sass country rock elements make me love this song
    32. Love Me Like You Mean It 0. Very reluctant but the Taylor Swift vibe helps me like the song a little more than I should.
    33. Love You Like That -1. So much potential squandered.
    34. Lay Low +1. Really like this song.
    35. Girl Crush +1 . I decided that the harmonies really make the song actually stand out along with the bluesy production.
    36. Diamond Rings & Old Barstools Perfection +1.
    37. Riot +1 Rather nicer than I though it was gonna be
    38. When I’ve Been Drinking. +1. Love the sincerity and goofiness in this song.
    39. Hell Of A Night-1. Sexist trash.
    40. Young & Crazy -1. Read number 33.
    41. Going Out Like That 0. Oh well go ahead yell I like the voice and production everything else nope
    42. One a Hell Of An Amen +1. One of the better songs in the charts.
    43. Better Than You Left Me +1. Love this song. So excited to see how well it does.
    44. Crushing it -1 Boring dull and stupid
    45. This Kind Of Town -1. Trash fake pride trash.
    46. Kip Moore +1 Love the grit and right bad boy image for this song
    47. Chase Rice -1. Hate this garbage
    48. Swon Brothers Pray For you +1. A bit reluctant but the song has a lot of honesty and sincerity in it.
    49. Grace Potrer Wild Child +1. Beautiful
    50. Maddie & Tae Fly +1. Still one of my favorite acts in country music.
    51. Rodney Atkins 0. A dumb inoffensive joke song
    52. Jackie Lee She Does 0 Meh.
    53. Big & Rich 0. Meh.
    54. Josh Dorr -1. Improper English much.
    55. Sipping On Fire -1. So much Auto-Tune
    56. All Country On You 0. Meh.
    57. Mo Pitney Country 0. Meh
    58. Steven Lee Olsen Raised By A Good Time -1. Really stupid don’t like anything about it
    59. Old Dominion Break Up With Him -1. Way too uneven for my tastes
    60. Haley & Michaels Just Another Love Song +1. There voices really work well together I wish they relied a little less on LoneStars Amazed
    Total Score: I think it’s a positive 4 or 3 maybe I’m not harsh enough.

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  2. Raymond- Church’s new single is supposedly “Like A Wrecking Ball”. I really hate that song so sorry Eric. Anyway the possibility of SunDaze peaking at #2 is music to my ears. I wish it would have peaked WAY lower and because radio realized It was a terrible song instead of just peaking because of a bad luck of the draw with the charts, but hey every song of theirs that doesn’t go #1 is a small step forward to me.Unfortunately Something In The Water and Talladega (two +1’s) will be gone next week. Maybe Lay Low can replace one of them? I hope….

    Anyway here’s my rankings
    1. I See You: -1
    2. Talladega: +1
    3. Sundaze: -1
    4. Make Me Wanna: -1
    5. Like A Cowboy: 0
    6. Lonely Tonight: 0
    7. Just Gettin’ Started: -1
    8. Something In The Water: +1
    9. Mean To Me: 0
    10. Take It On Back: 0
    11. Homegrown Honey: -1
    12. Lonely Eyes: +1
    13. Til Its Gone: 0
    14. Drinking Class: +1
    15. Ain’t Worth The Whiskey: -1
    16. Freestyle: -1
    17. What We Ain’t Got: +1
    18. Say You Do: +1
    19. Homegrown: +1
    20. Take Your Time: -1
    21. A Guy Walks Into A Bar: +1
    22. Smoke: 0
    23. Trailer Hitch: +1
    24. She Don’t Love You: +1
    25. Little Red Wagon: -1
    26. Baby Be My Love Song: -1
    27. Don’t It: -1
    28. Raise Em Up: +1
    29. Drunk Americans: -1
    30. Hard To Be Cool: -1

    Final: -2

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    • Eh looking at the charts Trouble Diamond Rings & Old Barstools Girl Crush also look to go soon but of course Love You Like That looks poised to. I’m Indiffrent with Love Me Like You Mean It I do like the acoustic version though.

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