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#1097142 - 12/15/15 09:44 AM 25 top country songs of 2015  
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http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/25-best-country-songs-of-2015-20151214

I have decided not to complain about country music any more since I haven't even heard the vast majority of these tunes -- I am way out of touch.


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#1097144 - 12/15/15 10:30 AM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
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Me too, Kevin. I have only heard a couple of the songs and have only heard of about 1/3 of the artists. I will find some time to watch the YouTubes.


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#1097203 - 12/16/15 07:19 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Colin Ward]  
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i listened to about a minute of each one,i liked a couple.good to see no tractor and tailgate songs in there.i only knew a few of the artists.Chris Janson and Alan Jackson were my picks.Mike

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#1097206 - 12/16/15 07:56 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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I am about 1/2 way through RS's top 25 songs and the trend is very pop and very urban. Cosmopolitan Country meets the beats! No complaints from me, though. One man's trash is another ....

Alan Jackson's "Jim and Jack and Hank" sounds like Achy Breaky Heart to me!


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#1097250 - 12/17/15 10:46 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
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#1097251 - 12/17/15 10:51 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Jim Colyer]  
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Cam is awesome, as is the song and video. Worth the time to listen and watch.

#1101096 - 02/26/16 05:04 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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#1101275 - 02/28/16 02:14 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Jim Colyer]  
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"BRO-COUNTRY" has been quite dead as a doornail for quite some time now. Out of the top 25 songs EVERYONE are about a member of the opposite sex. Either very much love songs, "booty call" love songs, or "missing you" love songs. Not one is vindictive, nasty, or negative.
There are more syncopated lyrics but the lyrics are still very clear, very direct and very descriptive. The melodies are very simple and singable and directed toward hooking audiences quickly and repeatedly.
The production is much more urban with drum loops, but still acoustic oriented undertones. Subject matter is almost all urban.
Just like 90% of all music.

Just like it has been said before, "Put a girl in it."

MAB

#1101278 - 02/28/16 02:38 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Humm,
Not listening to much New Country today I missed the Bro-Country reference. Vindictive, Nasty, Negative songs have never been very popular or even released in the past. Hank Thompson's NEW GREEN LIGHT may be as close to negative as it gets. For a long time any such type song wasn't even released. Not even sure what song is at the top of the Charts today. Love songs can be great. They also can be boring. And it is still tough to write a good song.


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#1101327 - 02/28/16 10:24 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Ray E. Strode]  
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Ray,

"Bro-country" has been a trend in country over the past three-four years, headed up by a group named Fla. Ga. Line and copied by a lot of artists, mostly the young male singers going for that demographic. It consists of singing about the jacked up pick up trucks, riding around with (Insert country artist name here) Tunes cranked up, with some "cold one's (insert beer name here), with a girl, (named "GURL")down by the (lake/river/ocean) while she dances in her short shorts, underneath the moonlight."

That is pretty much it. Was a big trend and all the songs sounded pretty much the same,even leading to someone placing 6 major hits on top of each other and them all being roughly the same song. Everyone on pages like this were bemoaning the state of the industry and how copycat everything was. Which was true. But those with a short memory or limited knowledge of music history seem to forget that EVERY type of music does the same thing.

You can go back to the BIG BAND era and find many of the same sounds, same productions, same songs. The "Crooner" era with Crosby, Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Vic Damone, did the same thing, same as the "Elvis" era, The Beatles British invasion, psycodelic era, disco, R&B, Blues, you name it, always one or two inovators and a lot of copycats. Because the music industry is as follow the leader as any business on earth. When something sells they beat a path to find hundreds of others that do the same thing.

You might remember it in country in the "Trucking boom" era from the late 60's into the mid 70's, where Dave Dudley was "I'M MOVIN ON' 8 Days on the Road, Red Sovine talking to "Teddy Bear", on up to CW McCall's Convoy, to Jerry Reed's "East Bound and Down" during the Smokey and the Bandit days. They would just put a bunch of trucker phrases into it and put cars, girls, drinking and moving from place to place.

The reason, simply enough was that TRUCKERS were the biggest purchasers of country music, so they could have their 8 tracks on those long hauls around the country. Trucker stuff was everywhere, and very popular. Then. as they all do, it ran out of gas.

Happened in other elements of country. A friend of mine was here when Faron Young came out with "Hello Walls", a Willie Nelson written song, and the next week, were hundreds of "Hello Ceiling, Hello Furniture, Hello backyard", imitation is the sincereist form of flattery.

Now, the country audience is very Urban and much younger. So elements of that generation are found in the music. Drum loops, and technical aspects that have always been in rock are now in country. Rapid fire, syncopated lyrics are normal because the artists and the audiences have grown up on rap and hip hop, so those find their ways in. Again, this is nothing new. If you go back and listen to Johnny Cash's "CADDILAC SONG" from the 60's or Charlie Daniels "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" from the 70's, those have been called "The first country rap songs."

Today's subject matter is....well...LOVE. The desire of love, the late night "booty calls" of love, missing love, wanting love to come back, and being grateful for the love you have. Country, as usual will have some moral and ethical messages, mostly without being preachy. In all, pretty much the same that it has been since the format was created in the 20's.In the top 25 songs currently on the country charts, all but one is a song to the opposite sex. The other one is about how much she loves singing country music.

The "Negative" stuff is basically "ACSS", Angry Chick Singer Syndrome, about women who hate what men have done to them. Most are tongue and cheek.

That is the most recent state of country music. Now you don't have to listen to much of anything.

MAB


#1101340 - 02/29/16 12:27 AM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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As always, Marc, wisdom is flowing from your fingerboard to the screen. I don't like most of the country music I hear these days. The only song that has really impressed me are ones by The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, and "Redneck Crazy" by whoever it was. Now, that was a sho' nuff' country song!!

#1101356 - 02/29/16 10:32 AM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Sausagelink]  
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Thank you Sausage,

I don't do that much over here these days as there is just not much I have to say on a lot of subjects.

But this is one I know a little bit about. When so many people are saying "such and such all sounds the same" I think that they don't look very deeply into the subjects they are talking about. I, like you, don't sit around and listen to any form of music all the time. I tend to be around it all the time.

But I do hear a LOT of music that is out there, and there is always plenty to listen to. In this day and age there are many things that happen away from the mainstream charts. A lot of good music out there, a lot of quality people. It just often gets crowded out of some places because... well, mediocrity crowds a lot of things out. But that is why they call it a MARKETPLACE.

Right now, it is a pretty decent time to be involved in country. There is quite a bit out there and more on the way that is very interesting.

Just sometimes you have to look a little harder for it.

MAB


#1101379 - 02/29/16 01:26 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Oops!,
Actually there was a Vindictive, Mean, Nasty song released back in the 50's. I think it is posted. JEAN SHEPARD, TWO WHOOPS and A HOLLER. As far as I know Jean is still alive. So listen and enjoy! At this time there are none of those type songs released today! But after all you can only take so much Bro-Country!

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#1101425 - 02/29/16 07:30 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Ray E. Strode]  
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I love all of the music and the guitars, I like some of the artists, but I hate almost all of the lyrics.


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#1101439 - 02/29/16 10:41 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Kolstad]  
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Ray,

There were many songs that had their own designation. MURDER BALLADS. These would include FOLSOM PRISON BLUES, LONG BLACK VEIL, EL PASO, and others where people in the song were killed. Not a lot of positive in those.

In current songs, you would hear songs like NEXT TIME HE CHEATS by CARRIE UNDERWOOD, and GUNPOWDER AND LEAD with Miranda Lambert. In what I lovingly refer to as ACSS. (Angry Chick Singer Syndrome). There have been a lot of those, particularly in amateur and newer writers. They seem to think the only way to get attention is to come out with the angriest, most morose and bitter things they can. That is why there are thousands and thousands going no where.

They never seem to realize that radio and most music is designed to make people feel good and ESCAPE their problems. Enough of that on endless television.

MAB

#1101468 - 03/01/16 02:27 PM Re: 25 top country songs of 2015 [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Aw, yes,
I remember those songs probably have all or most of them. Sometimes I have to look to see if I have a particular song in my collection.

I remember EL Paso on the radio. It made Marty rich. It was at the top of the Charts for only 4 weeks but was played to death back then. I understand the song developed on more than one trip from Nashville back to Arizona until it was finished. Most of today's chicken tracks pale by comparison.


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