Actively writing single reviews again has me also looking at the radio charts again. What a bleak landscape of interchangeable singers and songs! I can’t remember things ever being this generic and bland. We flirted with it back in the Kellie Coffey days, but the bottom didn’t fall out.
Today, is there even a bottom? An old friend of mine listened to country radio for the first time in presumably years and asked, “Am I crazy, or is everyone getting drunk on country radio?”
He’s not crazy. What can we do to fix this?
Today’s Top Five asks: What five songs would you immediately put in heavy rotation on country radio?
They can already be singles, or could be unreleased songs that you think should be singles, but they should be current enough to be featured on an artist’s most recent album.
Here’s my top five:
- Old Crow Medicine Show, “Mean Enough World”
- Trisha Yearwood, “You Can’t Trust the Weatherman”
- Jason Isbell, “Songs that She Sang in the Shower”
- Nickel Creek, “You Don’t Know What’s Going On”
- Reba McEntire, “Just Like Them Horses”