Country Music is the Best Music

Staff Writer: Michael Brown

There are many common myths about country music that a lot of folks seem to think are true. That it’s actually not music, that it uses the same generic drum rhythm in every song, that it’s for hillbillies and rednecks, that it’s essentially the work of Satan himself.

I’m here to tell you today that these statements are simply not true. Not only is country music not-that-bad, it’s actually the best genre of music.

I think, too, that the hardest sect of people to convince would be the teenagers of the world, like the ones at Woodstock High School. For some reason, a lot of people, teenagers especially, have opinions about country music put in their heads by common stereotypes, and they already have a negative view of it formed without ever even listening to a song. They think it’s about one (or two, or three) of three things: women, beer, and pickup trucks. And that just couldn’t be further from the truth. People will often ask what I’m listening to, I’ll tell them, and there will be a collective “yikes” amongst my peers when they hear it’s Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, etc. Woodstock junior Camilo Rincon is one of these people. He told me that, “From my limited experience, country music lacks variety in subject matter as well as a sound that interests me personally.”

Woodstock junior Abi Halls rejects these stereotypes: “I think it’s just like any other genre of music. There is good and bad always. Not everyone will like every song, but that doesn’t mean all country is bad.”

The fact of the matter is, country music is the absolute best. It has meaningful lyrics that truly stick close to your heart, it’s timeless, it’s so fun to ride down the highway with the windows down and the volume up with artists like the Zac Brown Band blaring from your speakers, it reflects the awesomeness of our great nation (the best dang country in the world), and it really makes you happy. I fail to see where the issue is with any of these things!

With many of the styles of music nowadays, lyrics tend to go by the wayside. For example, one of the most popular songs among teenagers is “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott. Here’s an excerpt from that song:

“Astro, yeah

Sun is down, freezin’ cold
That’s how we already know winter’s here
My dawg would prolly do it for a Louis belt
That’s just all he know, he don’t know nothin’ else
I tried to show ’em, yeah
I tried to show ’em, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Gone on you with the pick and roll
Young LaFlame, he in sicko mode

Woo, made this here with all the ice on in the booth
At the gate outside, when they pull up, they get me loose
Yeah, Jump Out boys, that’s Nike boys, hoppin’ out coupes
This **** way too big, when we pull up give me the loot
(Gimme the loot!)
Was off the Remy, had a Papoose
Had to hit my old town to duck the news
Two-four hour lockdown, we made no moves
Now it’s 4AM and I’m back up poppin’ with the crew
I just landed in, Chase B mixes pop like Jamba Juice
Different colored chains, think my jeweler really sellin’ fruits
And they chokin’, man, know the ******** wish it was a noose”

What does any of that mean?? It makes no sense, man. More-often-than-not, when I listen to rap music (And don’t get me wrong, I definitely do listen to a little bit of rap. Kanye is sometimes really good), I have to look up the lyrics to even understand what the song is saying. You don’t see that kind of rubbish when

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The Zac Brown Band is definitely one of my favorite country groups of all time. They’ve been entertaining country music fans for a long time – PHOTO CREDIT – ConsequenceOfSound

it comes to country music. Take “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band as an example. Sure, this song is kind of silly; it talks about fried chicken and blue jeans. But this song, like all other country songs, has a message. In the second verse, it says, “It’s funny how it’s the little things in life that means the most. Not where you live, what you drive, or the price tag on your clothes. There’s no dollar sign on a piece of mind, this I’ve come to know.”

That’s real!! Life isn’t about all these materialistic things like Supreme branded merchandise, sweatpants that cost $150, the finest accessories, or the newest and greatest gadgets. It’s not realistic that normal people have these things. I find it very hard to relate to the Ariana Grandes and the Cardi Bs and the Eminems and the Drakes of the world. Life is about living freely and happily, and loving life for what it is. “Chicken Fried” is great for showcasing that message. Country music, as a whole, isn’t about the bad things in life. It’s not about drugs, crime, etc. Rather, it’s about the happiness that life brings with it. It’s about being with friends and family, loving the people around you, just having a fun, chill lifestyle.

There aren’t many things in life more fun than cruising down the road with a country song on the radio and the windows down. It’s relaxing, it’s soothing, and it actually makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. I have lots of experience with this, personally. It’s even more fun if you sing along! Often times I’ll find myself singing along to “Lose It” by Kane Brown, or “Simple” by Florida Georgia Line, or “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. There are so many fun and catchy country songs that are so easy and fun to sing along to, always making you happy.

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Florida Georgia Line receives so much hate from a lot of people, but the facts are that they are an incredible group with lots of super fun songs and collabs – PHOTO CREDIT – Taste of Country

And country music is just so, so good at doing just that, making people happy. I pride myself on being a very happy person, one of the happiest (if not the happiest) people I know. I think part of the reason for that

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Jake Owen is one of country music’s young rising stars, and he continues to drop bangers like “Down to the Honky Tonk” on a regular basis – PHOTO CREDIT – Debby Wong, Shutterstock.com

is the amount of country music I listen to. A lot of teens like to listen to these weird emo bands like twenty one pilots, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, etc. who sing about depression, stress, and sad stuff like that. Wouldn’t you much prefer to listen to songs about going “Down to the Honky Tonk” (a brilliant song by Jake Owen), or Jon Pardi being “Head Over Boots” for some girl. Songs like this are great for warming your heart and making you smile. They do a great job of simplifying life, and helping you let go of the stressful parts of life. It’s so nice to get into my car after a long 7.5ish hours of school and just forget about it for a while. To let go, and think of more happy and simple things, like summertime, Friday night lights, etc. To focus on what truly matters in life, like your family, your friends.

I said it earlier, but it’s important for me to mention this once more. We live in the greatest country in the world, the United States of America. We should be proud of that fact! Country music is proud of that fact. It does a great job of promoting our American heritage and showcasing all the great things about it. So many songs are great to show their patriotism. What about “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” by Toby Keith? A classic.

“American girls and American guys
We’ll always stand up and salute
We’ll always recognize
When we see Old Glory flying
There’s a lot of men dead
So we can sleep in peace at night when we lay down our head”

Country music artists and listeners both know we have a country to be proud of, and a military to be thankful for. They make this known in the music they create and listen to. That’s the way it should be.

Country music is timeless. You can’t say this about some other genres of music, pop especially. Remember when “Call Me Maybe” was a big deal? Or what about “Gangnam Style”? Wow, those were cringe! That’s not the case with country music. Legends like George Strait & Alabama are still wildly popular today. (For what it’s worth, I consider Strait to be the greatest individual country artist of all time, and Alabama to be the greatest country group of all time.)

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Alabama has been together for 50 years in 2019, and they are still today wildly popular. Just about every song you can think of by this group is a classic. They knew how to mesh catchy tunes with meaningful lyrics like no other in history. – PHOTO CREDIT – Alabama

Country music is so great. It’s a great way to showcase our patriotism, to let go of the troubles we face, to stay happy, to stay carefree, and focus on what really matters in our lives by providing meaningful lyrics to go along with the catchiest of tunes.

Do me a favor and at least try it out for a little while. You won’t be disappointed.

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