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
Miley Cyrus' new album Younger Now promises to bring Miley Cyrus back to country music. In preparation for the album Miley has softened her image and bought a palatial country home in Nashville signaling that she truly desires to return to the music heritage of her youth. The first single off the album is the title track is a love letter written to country fans defending her past and laying out a hope for her future.
Taylor Swift's Web site is blank. Her Twitter profile exists, but there's no profile picture-- same goes for Facebook. Don't get me started on her Instagram-- she deleted all of the photos.
Just days ago Swift won her sexual assault case against a Denver DJ who groped her before a 2013 concert. Before that, we saw Swift in February during her only scheduled concert of the year. There was a brief commotion over the possibility of her being carried out of her New York City apartment in a suitcase and she supposedly has a new boyfriend, but really-- Swift has been totally off-the-grid.
Swift hasn't tweeted since May and her few Instagram posts this year were about new music from friends.
But, now a total blackout of her online existence? It can only mean one thing-- she's about to shut it down, only to bring it back to life like never before.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Swift because this is going to be epic.
Kelsea Ballerini knows what's up. Not only has she become a massive country music star in the last couple of years, she's also becoming known for her down-to-earth advice and very approachable vibe. A couple of years ago, people started comparing her legs to Carrie Underwood's-- a compliment for the ages, sure. But, when asked her workout routine she just said she walks her dog and tries to go easy on the chicken tenders every now and then. (Results definitely not guaranteed.)
When it comes to beauty advice, Kelsea's not trying to talk about some product you can only buy in France under a bridge from someone who once walked past Gwyneth Paltrow-- she's throwing out real helpful advice.
Kelsea told the Grand Ole Opry that it's all about washing your face-- simple, yet effective.
But, really, she started slinging knowledge when she shared some advice from her mom, "My mom told me when I was younger... you either play up the eyes or the lip, but you can't do both because you'd look crazy."
This is the type of advice that should hang on the walls of middle schools everywhere-- kind of like the "hang in there" cat poster.
Everywhere you turn these days there is excitement for the solar eclipse. I can't blame people either. A total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-generation event so unique that people take vacations and travel oversees to catch them. But with all the buzz about the solar event, a lot of us still don't know exactly what it is. So who better to educate us that 8 year-old genius and Global Science Ambassador Romanieo Golphin, Jr?
Kip Moore's Video for "The Bull" Is a Wild Ride That Will Remind You Life is About the Ups AND the Downs
Kip Moore doesn't usually record songs he didn't write. But once you hear "The Bull," you'll immediately understand why he chose to perform this outside song.
Jimmy Kimmel recently spoke out against white supremacy during a late night monologue and upset a lot of people. Our publishing of said monologue created the same effect. Instead of going at his detractors with bared teeth, Kimmel simply read their thoughts out loud on air while blurring out their names, noting where they were right, and where they erred. If there's one thing that can begin to heal our differences it's a rational, calm, conversation.