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Monday, January 12, 2015

Do All Country Songs Sound Alike?

Professional songwriters often write to what's currently popular in order to better their chances of having a hit, which is why some songs sound so homogenized sometimes. This isn't new since it's been going on for decades, but it's never been quite as blatant as in this very interesting mashup put together by country music critic Grady Smith.

In it you'll hear six big country hits and how interchangeable they are with each other, even down to the keys of the songs. These are the songs:

"Sure Be Cool If You Did" by Blake Shelton
"Close Your Eyes" by Parmalee
"This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line
"Ready Set Roll" by Chase Rice
"Chillin' It" by Cole Swindell
"Drunk On You" by Luke Bryan

There's such a thing as influence and imitation, but these examples seem to go above and beyond. Thanks to reader Rand Bowman for the heads up on this.


Anonymous said...

And people just eat this crap up. I think we all underestimated the publics taste for generic crap. (Well, walmart should have been my first clue i guess....sorry)

Stephen said...

What's disconcerting about country these days is how much it's truly changed in values. Country used to feel so much more genuine and from the heart. Now it truly feels manufactured and formulaic and this is a prime example of that.


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