I’m Declaring Our Golden Age of Country Music DEAD

Let me set one thing straight before I dive into my recent conclusion: I love country music and have loved it ever since 2011 when my sister made me a mixed CD to blast in my sick 2007 Honda Accord.

Since then, my Spotify country playlist has accumulated 356 carefully vetted songs. As I write this, I have it on shuffle without a care in the world because I know I have everything that country music of the 2000s has to offer. Billy Currington told me people are crazy long before I realized it myself, Eric Church makes me need a drink in my hand, and Luke Bryan taught me why rain is, in fact, a good thing.

With that being said, I am all but DONE with new country music. Maybe it’s because I slowly overdosed myself with Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, and Kenny Chesney among others for so long, but I just don’t get the same satisfaction from what I’m hearing on my radio today. Tragically, it has become what the haters have been saying for so long: IT’S ALL THE SAME. I would be perfectly satisfied only having my 356 country songs for the rest of my life.

Give me any country song released over the last year or two and I guarantee I can give you at least one older song that’s better and delivers the same message. Today’s artists either reiterate some of country’s classics or just mass-produce the same basic country boy or country girl shit we’ve all heard before. It’s not the country I that I know and love anymore.

By no means am I saying that some new country can’t be enjoyable to listen to because of course there are exceptions. One of Thomas Rhett’s new jams, “Sixteen”, gets me every damn time. Old Dominion couldn’t make a bad song if their lives depended on it. But I’m just done trying to really keep tabs on the new stuff like I used to, it’s not worth it.

And with that, I’m closing the book on good country. I tried to do the impossible and decide for the world on the top 10 country songs of the genre’s revival. Not sure but I think I nailed it, and it will most likely never be cracked.

  1. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band (2008)
  2. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line (2012)
  3. Springsteen – Eric Church (2011)
  4. People are Crazy – Billy Currington (2008)
  5. Great Day to Be Alive – Travis Tritt (2000)
  6. Red Dirt Road – Brooks & Dunn (2003)
  7. What Was I Thinkin’ – Dierks Bentley (2003)
  8. Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) – Big & Rich (2004)
  9. American Kids – Kenny Chesney (2014)
  10. Play It Again – Luke Bryan (2013)

Go ahead, tell me I’m wrong (@DVConn), but the golden age of our generation of country music is over.




  1. Michael Hallisey

    Right before Justin Moore rolls into town? Ouch.

    • Lizz

      I must be a little older than you are as I was reaching into my 20’s in 2000. I said the same thing you are saying now, but about the 90’s country. The 2000’s never lived up to that era in my mind. Reba, Patti Loveless, Vince Gill, Lori Morgan, Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, and many others..I mean..see my point? While I can concede that some music from the 2000’s wasn’t terrible, I could also argue that it wasn’t so great, either. It was around that time they started repeating songs and ideas. I know that because I was raised on the older country as well as bluegrass. Anyway, it was then that I decided I would never listen to “new” country again. Great article.. 🙂


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