In theory, a song attempting to encapsulate that pre-show warm-up experience is not a bad idea. The problem is that “Parking Lot Party” is all volume and no content – all packaging and no product. There seems to be little idea behind the song other than the fact that parking lot parties are a thing, and repeating the phrase “parking lot party” over and over again.
Part of the problem is simply that the song tries too hard to make you like it, shamelessly laying on every gimmick under the sun, including an spoken intro by Nashville DJs Big D and Bubba, crowd sound effects, and a canned singalong chorus at the end. There’s hardly a hook or clever line to validate the song’s existence, and the record as a whole is made so cheesy that it’s hard to listen to.
The song reminds me in some ways of Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” in that both songs portray scenes of summery recreation in a mostly literal and one-dimensional manner. The difference is that “Pontoon” is catchy – this isn’t.
There’s nothing wrong with ear candy, but you’ve got to remember to add the flavor.
Written by Lee Brice, Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Laird