Have you ever been driving with your friends when “Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots…” resonates from the speakers? Suddenly your friend is heavily sighing, accompanied by excessive eye rolling, or dare we even say- change of radio station? Unfortunately, we all have some people in our lives who just don’t appreciate the American pride, simplicity of life, and desire to have a good time that constructs the core of country music. Wouldn’t it be nice to find some common ground and have a go-to play list of country songs that even country music haters can enjoy?
Here are 7 songs that combat the most common excuses that people have as to why they “don’t like country music”.
1. John King “Tonight, Tonight”
The most common excuse I hear from my friends is that they don’t like how “twangy” country music is. Hello! This is 2014 and not all pop music is boy bands anymore right? “Tonight, Tonight” is an upbeat portrayal of what everyone hopes for when they dream about the weekend all week long! Oh, and it’s not a bit twangy.
2. Chase Rice “Ready Set Roll”
This is one of those songs that as soon as the beat drops, you want to get up and dance! “Ready Set Roll” is the perfect song to present to your friends who argue that there is not enough beat for them to dance to in country music.
3. Florida Georgia Line Ft. Nelly “Cruise (Remix)”
If anyone tries to argue that country music has not evolved with the changing times, PLAY THIS SONG FOR THEM. Contemporary country has become more willing than most other genres to mesh genres together, creating a unique listening experience. Adding Nelly to the remix, FGL creates a country- hip-hop feel that appeals to the masses.
4. Carrie Underwood “Temporary Home”
“This is just a stop on the way to where I’m going. I’m not afraid because I know, this is my temporary home.” Carrie makes it clear that country music can go beyond the stereotypical “trucks, cowboys, or beer” persona that outsiders may use as a reason not to tune it.
5. Dustin Lynch “Where It’s At”
Then there are those who think country music isn’t relatable. What? If the guitar licks in this song don’t instantly win you over, then the simplicity of how relatable the lyrics are, will. Dustin opens the song by singing “It ain’t in a high rise looking for a good time, shutting down the city lights” and continuing with the thought that nothing else matters at the end of the day, but being with that one special person. ”Yep, yep” I think we can all relate!
6. Brantley Gilbert “One Hell of an Amen”
Some people may think that country music is only about “the south”. False! Country music is about our Nation as a whole. Furthermore, we live in the land of the free, because of the brave. Let’s have some pride for our country, and respect for those who “fight the good fight til the Good Lord calls them home”. Enjoy!
7. Earl Dibbles Jr. “Country Boy Love”
If all else fails, poke fun at yourself, right? Granger Smith’s alter ego brings raunchy humor to the table when he depicts a country boy’s “love”. C’mon we can laugh at ourselves, too! “Put a good dip in – Yee Yee”!
Did I miss a song that you’d suggest? Let me know! Via Twitter @Tierabolt.