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#1 Country Billboard Song for August 6, 2011

28 Jul

Chris Young slid  into the #1 slot this week with his new single “Tomorrow.” The song was written by Chris Young, Frank J. Myers, and Anthony L. Smith and is a traditional sounding country song with a slight contemporary feel. Chris Young has become a staple in the new sound of Country music over the past few years. With his strong deep voice, Chris brings something new to the genre while keeping the familiar country sound many fans have always loved. “Tomorrow” is the first #1 from his new CD, “Neon.” It follows the success of his debut CD, “The Man I Want to Be,” which produced 3 consecutive #1’s.

“Tomorrow’s” lyrics are very clever with lines such as “Tomorrow I’m gonna leave here…..but tonight I’m gonna love you like there’s no tomorrow” as he sings about a relationship that he thinks is not working out, but wants to give one more try before calling it quits. He talks about how they aren’t good for each other using unique phrases such as “We’re like fire and gasoline” as well as really bringing the point home with a simple two line bridge “Baby when we’re good, you know we’re great, but there’s too much bad for us to think, that there’s anything worth trying to save.”

Personally, Chris Young has become one of my favorites ever since he hit country radio in 2009 with “Getting You Home.” But the road to fame for Chris began in 2006, when he was declared the winner of Nashville Star. He released two singles that same year, but both barely got into the top 50. His third single, “Voices” in 2008, peaked at #37. But in 2009, he found his place in country music with #1’s such as “Getting you Home” and “The Man I Want to Be” and re-released “Voices,” which made it up the charts to #1 that time around. “Tomorrow” makes my list of songs to download. Does it make yours?

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#1 Country Billboard Song for May 14, 2011

9 May

This week, Sara Evans claims the #1 country slot with “A Little Bit Stronger,” which was written by Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum). One of the first times I heard this song was in the movie “Country Strong” and even though Gwenyth Paltrow’s song “Country Strong” is the theme song for this movie, it was “A Little Bit Stronger” that resonated more with me.

This song is very well constructed and is a powerful and emotional song. It’s a story about getting through a tough breakup and getting “a little bit stronger” everyday. My favorite line in the song is “I turned on the radio / Stupid song made me think of you, I listened to it for a minute / But then I changed it”) clearly stating that the things around her still remind her of him everyday but she’s getting stronger every day. I also love the simple phrase “Doesn’t happen overnight” giving comfort and hope to anyone in that situation to continue powering through.

Here are a few other people’s opinions on this song compiled on Wikipedia:

Blake Boldt of The 9513 gave the song a thumbs up, complimenting the song’s “flourishes of steel and piano” and the “authentic, organic vocal.”

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song 4 stars out of 5, complimenting the song’s lighter production and Evans’ vocals, which he felt “wring every bit of emotion out of the lyrics that chronicle a woman’s ability to move on after a long relationship ends.”

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe awarded the song a C rating, stating that the song could’ve been better “with a stronger melody and a more refined concept.” He also compared it unfavorably to her previous singles, “Fool, I’m a Woman,” “Cheatin’,” and “Shame About That.”

This song has a very simple message and basic structure, but really hits home with both men and woman alike. I think Sara Evans and the writers have set the bar for what a #1 Country song should be. This is Sara Evans’ first single in 5 years and her first #1 song since 2005 when” A Real Fine Place to Start” took the #1 spot for two weeks.

All three of the writers on this song have had their share of #1 songs as well. In 2010, Luke Laird shared a few #1 hits including “Undo it” and “Tempoary Home,” both by Carrie Underwood, and “Hillbillie Bone,” by Blake Shelton and Trace Atkins. Hillary Lindsey is probablly best known for “Jesus Take the Wheel,” by Carrie Underwood, but has had too many #1’s to count including “Just a Dream”, “So Small”, “Unstoppable”, “Blessed” and “American Honey.” The third writer, Hillary Scott, better known as a third of the group Lady Antebellum, has seen the #1 spot along with her Lady Antebllum partners with songs such as “Need You Now”, “I Run to You” and “Our Kind of Love.”

Let me know your thoughts on “A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans. I consider it worthy of a download.