I’ve been noticing an increasing trend amongst myself, my friends, and the wider public recently. Country music keeps getting played on the radio, and I really, really, like it.
The more country music I listen to, the more I like it. There’s something undeniably alluring about the dulcet tones, thoughtful lyrics and reliable melody. It’s the type of music you can play on repeat without intrusion or offense.
Country music has been in a state of transformation over the last decade. New artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt and Luke Combs have changed the sound and the look of country music, integrating qualities from pop into their music and attitude. While this pop influence is sometimes contentious amongst country music die-hards, it is definitely popular amongst the masses.
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ Old Town Road broke the record for the longest-running number 1 single on the Billboard Top 100 chart. 10,000 hours by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country List. These country-pop infusions act as a gentle introduction to country music, and I am now truly converted.
While some people may scoff at my claim that everyone loves country music, those people have simply not given it a real go. Country is well and truly a music genre for all, and I’m not embarrassed to proclaim my love.