As we near the end of 2016, it's only fitting that One Country shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists. Like you, we are kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we're putting our own spin on a few!
Normally, I wouldn't write about the worst of anything, unless it's really bad. And sometimes, in an effort to pave the way for where you're going, you have to remember where you've been. In 2016, country music turned a corner-- a big one-- listeners took note of artistry over pageantry and wanted more from their favorite singers. Mostly, we got better, but we also got some bad ones. Let's remember them and leave them behind in 2016.
9 Worst Country Music Singles of 2016:
1. "Move" // Luke Bryan
Bryan moved this one to the top of the charts, but it followed a heartfelt, feel-good "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day." It felt like a regression for him and it was. The spelling of "M-O-V-E" was particularly bad. At least Fergie and Gwen Stefani spelled long words like "glamorous" and "bananas."
2. "Vacation" // Thomas Rhett
Without a doubt, 2016 was the year of Thomas Rhett. He's a bonafide country music star these days. He should take this song and erase it from the Internet and his catalog entirely. He'll thank himself in 20 years when CMT gives him some kind of lifetime achievement award.
3. "Whisper" // Chase Rice
Rice released "Whisper" along with 371 words to fans promising "more depth." Basically, he released this song and apologized for it in advance. I needed closer to 500 words to make up for this.
4. "Thunder in the Rain" // Kane Brown
5. "Real Men Love Jesus" // Michael Ray
For Ray, it's an ode to his grandfather and father, whom he absolutely adores. For the world, it's pandering and theologically off. Ray's gonna be okay though because he's a great songwriter, the nicest guy in town and has a smile that'll make you forget the pandering.
6. "Comeback Kid" // The Band Perry
If these siblings would retreat back to their country roots they'd be unstoppable. But, also this song was a little whiny, that's the problem here. Among other things. I think Katy Perry could release this and win a GRAMMY.
7. "She's Got a Way With Words" // Blake Shelton
There's a reason this was Shelton's first single to not top the charts in 7 years-- it's negative, pretty rude and yeah, when he sings it, it's about Miranda Lambert.
8. "Beautiful Drug" // Zac Brown Band
This one is definitely the Hyde from the band's JEKYLL + HYDE. Every single time I hear it, I think-- WHY?
9. "RED, WHITE & YOU" // Steven Tyler
Thankfully, we still have Tyler's Aerosmith catalog to listen to, because this is seriously bad. Kind of makes you love him more though for some reason-- he's just trying to make new music. Really, it's the lyrics. No, really.
You pulling me a little bit closer
Heart beating like a big bass drum
We spinning on a roller coaster
A free fallin' into your yum yum
All the bad girls rockin' those cut off jeans
And good old boys driving big machines
And you can kiss my ass, can't help but say
It's good to be "born in the USA"
Bang bang, baby, like the Fourth of July
A lightning strike in the midnight sky
Don't give a damn about the summertime blues
All I need is red white and you
Peel off those colors babe
Tell me you're gonna stay
American girls making dreams come true
Teeth and pretty unique and personal to one's body, so going to the dentist is usually a unique and personal experience to each person. And having a dentist that makes you feel comfortable is super important. Jimmy Fallon understands this-- mostly.
Fallon's most recent trending hashtag, #MyWeirdDentist brought some pretty weird dentists into our lives, which will make all of our dental experiences in the future an even more unique experience as we recall these tweets.
Amy Grant is now a permanent fixture in Nashville.
The songstress was inducted into Music City Walk of Fame on April 27. MercyMe frontman Bart Millard gave a moving and heartfelt introduction to his longtime friend.
The Music City Walk of Fame is located in Downtown Nashville in the Hall of Fame park directly across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
RaeLynn wrote this song about her parent's own divorce with Nicolle Gaylon and Jimmy Robbins and her pain comes through every time she sings it.
I haven't experienced her emotions first hand (my parents have been married for 85 million years) but seeing how the big D affected her life just cuts me at my core.
Watch her flawless performance:
Hear Tyler Farr's Powerful "I Should Go to Church Sometime" That Will Have You Reevaluating Your Weekend Plans
The reflective tune was written by Brinley Addington, Michael Hardy and Sarah Turner and has a powerful message that resonates with someone like myself, who tends to be overextended but has good intentions.
"I'm not exactly known for walking the 'straight and narrow,' but I have a strong conscience and I was taught right from wrong," Tyler says.
Saw a man on the sidewalk /
"Hungry" written in red chalk /
Maybe he just wanted to talk /
But I walked away /
Saw a kid on the TV /
He was only seventeen /
Wrapped his truck 'round an oak tree /
The whole town prayed /
I should go to church sometime
"It's something that we all face at some point," Tyler adds. "What am I going to do? How am I going to act? What am I going to do today that's different from yesterday? That decision is what this song is all about."
I should go to church sometime /
Walk a little straighter line /
Lord knows I could use some light /
To get where I'm going /
I shouldn't say "next Sunday" /
I shouldn't let my pride get in the way /
I know I shouldn't be afraid /
Of what I know I'll find /
I should go to church sometime /
I should go to church sometime /
Chase Rice went back to where it all began this week to perform a pop up show in Chapel Hill, N.C. The singer, who played football for the University of North Carolina, returned to a popular dive bar, which he actually name checks in one of his tunes.
Chase sent a simple tweet and UNC students came flocking to see him.
He's Not Here, is a dive bar that is named-checked in Chase's album cut, "Carolina Can," when he sings: "faded blue denim on Franklin Street / a He's Not buzz and a house band beat."
"Kids were jumping over walls trying to get in, singing every song," Chase said. "To see fellow Carolina students drop everything they had going on and completely pack He's Not out was one of the coolest things I've ever experienced in music. It's an unbelievable honor to know my music has had such an impact on the University Of North Carolina. This was just a small bar that I used to go to because they had big blue cups full of beer for cheap, and now we've filled it with fans screaming my music."
Chase is known for his ever-present blue solo cup, but at this show he wasn't alone in sporting one.
"I carry that big blue cup on stage with me every single night, and I'm usually the only one in the whole place with it," he adds. "But last night, we ALL had them, held high, proudly singing 'a He's Not buzz' at the top of our lungs. We finally got to bring it home to where it all started -- where I learned to play guitar, where I wrote my first song after my dad died, where I went from an 18-year-old kid to a 22-year-old graduate who finally realized music was his dream."
Watch a clip from the performance:
If you follow Lee Brice on social media you probably have discerned a few things about him. 1) He likes to hunt and fish. 2) Jerrod Niemann is his best friend. 3) He is madly in love with this wife Sara.
I cannot think of anyone -- artist or just random person I know -- who posts such sweet things about their spouse online.
Here are 13 of the most precious photos -- and captions -- that Lee has shared about his bride and mother to his two sons (and daughter who is on the way). Honestly, there are more than 13 but there's only so much "mushy stuff" I can handle in a day.
RaeLynn's "Love Triangle" tells the delicate story of what it was like to grow up the child of divorced parents who loved their daughter, but couldn't make their own love work.
The tune is easily one of the most heartfelt and powerful songs to come from Nashville in the last decade and each every performance of the song from RaeLynn brings you closer and closer to those bowling alley burgers and looking out the window at the taillights of one of her parents driving away for the weekend.
RaeLynn's acoustic performance backstage at the Grand Ole Opry is especially delicate as her voice and vulnerability is on full-display with only an acoustic guitar and cajon to back her up.
SNL's Leslie Jones Played Two Truths and a Lie with Dr. Phil and Jimmy Fallon and We're Still Laughing
One of the best things about "Saturday Night Live" in recent years is the emergence of Leslie Jones' career. Her hilarious antics are some of the most entertaining on Saturday evenings, plus there was that whole special correspondent thing during the Olympics last summer that we're still not over.
During a recent appearance on "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon set up a game of Two Truths and Lie between Jones and Dr. Phil.
She also threw in, "y'all trying to fix her with psychology, she needs a 2x4."
The game was also entertaining. And one of the most interesting 'truths' we've ever heard on network TV.