Country Music Steps Up This Week

November 7, 2013

After watching the CMA Awards last night on ABC, it became even clearer  just how much talent lies in country music. The best thing about country music to me is the fact that most of these artists write their own music and when they don’t the people that do are recognized (more often than in the pop world.)  This week’s Billboard and iTunes top country singles include some new releases as well as award winners. I have complied from these two lists of 20, a top five which I would absolutely recommend you hear.

      1. Florida Georgia Line- “Stay.” I got to see them perform this song live last week after only hearing it once, and now I can’t stop listening! It is a perfect love ballad of regret and wanting to change things. Lyrically, it is like a country version of “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. This duo is seriously talented and their album is awesome. They won the CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year, as well as single of the year for “Cruise” which became popular even outside of the country spectrum.

2. Thomas Rhett- “It Goes Like This.” Rhett is fairly new to releasing music, having just put out his début single only a year ago, but he is a talented songwriter having worked on songs for Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice. “It Goes Like This” is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head and you’ll find yourself singing it all day, not really minding. At only 23, I think we casino online will see big things from him in the future.

3. Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow.” This song is literally the soundtrack to my life right now. I think it has become so popular because it is very relatable among girls who aren’t really sure what they’re doing in life, but still have time to figure it out. The lyrics are honest and playful, it’s just a chill song that will get to you. Musgraves was nominated for Song of the Year for “Merry Go Round” by the CMA’s which tells a similar story. Definitely check this one out.

4. Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert “We Were Us.” This is currently the number one song on iTunes. The pairing seemed a little odd to me until hearing the single, but these two’s voices sound perfect together. I wonder if Blake is jealous he isn’t on the track? The chorus is very memorable, singing “When a road was a road I could roll on through without wishin that empty seat was youMoney was gas, dreams were dust Love was fast and we were us.”  This performance features Karen Fairchild.

5.Eric Church “The Outsiders.”  Eric Church doesn’t do anything small. This track is a real rocker and he goes hard! It can be the soundtrack for any small town badasses focused on their rebel lifestyles, it is seriously a great song. The chorus sounds like a group of people singing it, which really adds to the feel of the music and what Church sings about.

Which is your favorite? Comment and let us know!


-Brooke P.



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