Country Music Top 20 Cliché Lyric Breakdown

Things just aren’t what they used to be, and that includes country music which is getting far more clichéd lyrically. Country music journalist Casey Black broke down word patterns in Billboard ‘s Top 20 Hot Country Songs on Sept 10, 2013, and thanks to his superb analysis, the formula for a potential country hit is now in your hands. Please give a shout out when you accept your Country Music Television Song of the Year Award.

In the number one spot, used in 14 out of 20 songs: girl (possibly because 19 out of 20 songs are sung by presumably straight men)
13 times: little (used 3 times to describe women)
13 times: Music being either listened to or sung, with five references to specific songs
12 times: Alcohol mentioned or consumed
11 times: Carnal desire for a woman, in the past or present
9 times: Some part  of a woman’s body
7 times: Trucks
7 times: “Girl riding shotgun” –either as desire or reality
7 times: Kiss as a noun or verb

So, while music plays, a little girl riding shotgun in a truck gets kissed on a body part by a presumably straight man with alcohol issues who lusts for her. Bad idea. Never get in a vehicle with a driver who’s been drinking. Unless you’ve dropped a tip with the ICE Operation Predator app.

Noticeably absent: God, Jesus, America, farm, baby, mamma, guitar, wedding/marry, bar/honky-tonk, dance, heart/heartbreak.

6 Responses to "Country Music Top 20 Cliché Lyric Breakdown"
dakine01 | Saturday September 14, 2013 12:21 pm 1

Well, since the Greatest Country Song Ever has already been written, it’s no wonder they are struggling these days.


dakine01 | Saturday September 14, 2013 12:24 pm 2
In response to dakine01 @ 1

Sorry, that should be Perfect Country Song rather than Greatest…


dakine01 | Saturday September 14, 2013 02:01 pm 3

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Alex Gordon | Saturday September 14, 2013 03:39 pm 4

Led Zeppelin holds the record for singing “Baby.” At the very least, there is a lot less murder in Country Music nowadays (looking at you, Spade Cooley.) Anyway, Ms. D.,your song idea has got to be set to music. Genius.


mafr | Saturday September 14, 2013 05:12 pm 5

Save Country Music.com covers this issue daily; He also does reviews of some of the very good country music that’s being made. It doesn’t get onto the charts, or come from Nashville, but there is a lot of it.

http://www.savingcountrymusic.com

for instance:

“Another day, another country artist coming out against the current direction of country music. The latest is Southern rocker Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band, who not only had some unkind words about the state of country music, but specifically set Luke Bryan’s song “That’s My Kind Of Night” in his crosshairs—the current #1 song in country music right now according to Billboard.”

If you just want to hear some good country, go there, you’ll find lots of it.


gannonguckert | Sunday September 15, 2013 03:27 pm 6
In response to dakine01 @ 2

Even Steve Goodman failed to mention his dog, dead or alive, just like this list of modern cliche keys.


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