Music writers and hardcore country fans alike have a tendency to have no sense of humor when it comes to the music that they love. It’s understandable. Most of us are seeking an emotional connection to a song and have little to no patience for frivolity.
But, then again, what’s so wrong with the occasional goofy feel good song? Here are seven songs that celebrate the not so serious side of Country Music.
Blake Shelton – The Boys ‘Round Here
Written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Craig Wiseman
Blake Shelton has written and performed some of the finest songs on modern country radio. From the heartfelt Austin, to the super-sweet Honeybee and everything in between, he’s become one of the most beloved country artists in the last decade. That said, the first time I heard The Boys ‘Round Here I thought, “This is the dumbest song I’ve ever heard.” After a week of hearing it on country radio I declared it to be “the greatest freaking song I’ve ever heard” and yes, I still get a big dumb grin on my face when I hear it.
Jason Aldean – 1994
Written by Thomas Rhett, Luke Laird and Barry Dean,
Jason Aldean is arguably one of country’s biggest stars right now. Last year he played two of the most iconic baseball stadiums (Fenway and Wrigley) and this year he’ll play a handful more (I’m seeing him at Nationals Park). While Jason has a history of playing it straight and being a bit stiff on stage, 1994 showed a more playful side of the Georgia crooner. Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie!
Toby Keith – Red Solo Cup
Written by Jim Beavers, Brett Beavers and the Warren Brothers (Brett and Brad Warren).
To say that Toby Keith is a polarizing star is an understatement. To those of a more liberal bent, he’s a wrung above Ted Nugent. That’s a shame because he really has the ability to tap into the human condition with a brilliant song like Hope on the Rocks. Of course we all can appreciate his lovable party side and there’s no bigger party song than Red Solo Cup. Sure, it’s a kitschy novelty tune about THE iconic drinking vessel, but can you honestly say you’ve ever heard a better song about a cup?
Little Big Town – Pontoon
Written by Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby and Barry Dean
Little Big Town has built a reputation on their mind-blowing four-part harmonies and songs about southern living. And while spending time on a Pontoon is a perfectly southern thing to do (us northerners enjoy this too), the song seemed a little out of place for the quartet. But that groove was oh so good. MMMMotorboatin’….
Lee Brice – Parking Lot Party
Written by Brice along with Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett and Luke Laird
Lee Brice’s Hard 2 Love album was one of the finest records of 2012. Songs like A Woman Like You touched the heart of anyone who found their special someone and I Drive Your Truck was a painful reflection on the tragic loss of a loved one. And then there was Parking Lot Party, a virtual WOO HOO to pre-gaming the big concert.
Trace Adkins – Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
Written by Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser and Dallas Davidson
To be honest it would have been easy to include Blake and Trace’s Hillbilly Bone to this list. And while I’ve always wanted to write about a bone song, Trace’s ode to the backsides of the lovely ladies who inhabit Honky Tonks cannot be denied. And ladies, before you condemn me as sexist, I see your tweets about Luke Bryan’s tush.
Luke Bryan – That’s My Kind of Night
Written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, and Ashley Gorley
Speaking of Luke Bryan, he’s written and performed some of the finest songs on modern country radio. From the heartfelt Drink a Beer to the super-sweet Drunk on You, and everything in between, he’s become one of the most beloved country artists in the last decade. That said, the first time I heard That’s My Kind Of Night I thought, “This is the dumbest song I’ve ever heard.” After a week of hearing it on country radio I declared it to be “the greatest freaking song I’ve ever heard” and yes, I still get a big dumb grin on my face when I hear it. Whoa. Déjà vu.
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