The Current Pulse Coronavirus Pandemic of Mainstream Country Music: June 7, 2021

Several years ago, Josh Schott started a weekly feature on the Country Perspective blog that asked a simple question: Based on Billboard’s country airplay charts, just how good (or bad) is country radio at this very moment? In the spirit of the original feature, I decided to try my hand at evaluating the state of the radio myself.

The methodology is as follows: Each song that appears is assigned a score based on its review score. 0/10 songs get the minimum score (-5), 10/10 songs get the maximum (+5), and so on. The result (which can range from +250 to -250) gives you an idea of where things stand on the radio.

This week’s numbers are from the latest version of Country Aircheck, but I’m going to link to their archives since I never remember to update this from week to week. Without further ado, let’s crunch some numbers!

Song Score
1. Luke Combs, “Forever After All” 0 (5/10)
2. Dierks Bentley, “Gone” 0 (5/10)
3. Chris Young & Kane Brown, “Famous Friends” -2 (3/10)
4. Dylan Scott, “Nobody” 0 (5/10)
5. Jordan Davis, “Almost Maybes” +1 (6/10)
6. Jason Aldean, “Blame It On You” +1 (6/10)
7. Miranda Lambert, “Settling Down” +1 (6/10)
8. Cole Swindell, “Single Saturday Night” 0 (5/10)
9. Blake Shelton, “Minimum Wage” 0 (5/10)
10. Dan + Shay, “Glad You Exist” -1 (4/10)
11. Keith Urban and Pink, “One Too Many” 0 (5/10)
12. Chase Rice ft. Florida Georgia Line, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.” -1 (4/10)
13. Eric Church, “Hell Of A View” 0 (5/10)
14. Justin Moore, “We Didn’t Have Much” +2 (7/10)
15. Lainey Wilson, “Things A Man Oughta Know” +2 (7/10)
16. Thomas Rhett, “Country Again” +2 (7/10)
17. Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard, “Undivided” +1 (6/10)
18. Luke Bryan, “Waves” -1 (4/10)
19. Carly Pearce, “Next Girl” 0 (5/10)
20. Elvie Shane, “My Boy” +2 (7/10)
21. Scotty McCreery, “You Time” 0 (5/10)
22. Jameson Rodgers ft. Luke Combs, “Cold Beer Calling My Name” 0 (5/10)
23. Kane Brown, “Worship You” -1 (4/10)
24. Lee Brice, “Memory I Don’t Mess With” -1 (4/10)
25. Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, “Shallow” +1 (6/10)
26. Old Dominion, “I Was On A Boat That Day” -2 (3/10)
27. Lady A, “Like A Lady” 0 (5/10)
28. Kenny Chesney, “Knowing You” 0 (5/10)
29. Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris, “Chasing After You” 0 (5/10)
30. Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley, “Freedom Was A Highway” 0 (5/10)
31. Priscilla Block, “Just About Over You” 0 (5/10)
32. Russell Dickerson, “Home Sweet” +1 (6/10)
33. Michael Ray, “Whiskey And Rain” 0 (5/10)
34. Jon Pardi, “Tequila Little Time” -1 (4/10)
35. Callista Clark, “It’s ‘Cause I Am” -1 (4/10)
36. Ingrid Andress, “Lady Like” +2 (7/10)
37. HARDY, “Give Heaven Some Hell” +1 (6/10)
38. Parker McCollum, “To Be Loved By You” -2 (3/10)
39. Dustin Lynch ft. MacKenzie Porter, “Thinking ‘Bout You” 0 (5/10)
40. Matt Stell, “That Ain’t Me No More” 0 (5/10)
41. Kelsea Ballerini ft. Kenny Chesney, “Half Of My Hometown” +1 (6/10)
42. Brett Young, “Not Yet” +1 (6/10)
43. Lauren Alaina & Jon Pardi, “Getting Over Him” 0 (5/10)
44. Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave” 0 (5/10)
45. Caitlyn Smith ft. Old Dominion, “I Can’t” 0 (5/10)
46. Riley Green, “If It Wasn’t For Trucks” -1 (4/10)
47. Clay Walker, “Need A Bar Sometimes” 0 (5/10)
48. Brothers Osborne, “I’m Not For Everyone” +3 (8/10)
49. Chris Bandi, “Would Have Loved Her” +1 (6/10)
50. Darius Rucker, “My Masterpiece” +1 (6/10)
Present Pulse (#1—#25) +5
Future Pulse (#26—#50) +5
Overall Pulse +10
Change From Last Week
+4 😎

Best Song: “I’m Not For Everyone,” 8/10
Worst Song: “To Be Loved By You,” 3/10

Gone:

  • Sam Hunt, “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90s” (recurrent)
  • Chris Janson, “Waitin’ On 5” (recurrent)

Leaving:

  • Dylan Scott, “Nobody” (down from #1 to #4)
  • Eric Church, “Hell Of A View” (down from #4 to #13)

In Real Trouble:

  • Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard, “Undivided” (down from #15 to #17, lost its bullet, and honestly just misread the moment)
  • Ingrid Andress, “Lady Like” (holds at #36, but gained only twenty spins and twenty-nine points)
  • Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi, “Getting Over Him” (up from #44 to #43, but gained only eight spins and twenty-three points)
  • Riley Green, “If It Wasn’t For Trucks” (up from #47 to #46, but gained only forty-four spins and seventy-eight points)
  • Clay Walker, “Need A Bar Sometimes” (up from #49 to #47, but lost its bullet)
  • Chris Bandi, “Would Have Loved Her” (up from #50 to #49, but gained only eleven spins and eleven points)

In Some Trouble:

  • Keith Urban and Pink, “One Too Many” (up from #13 to #12, but gained only eighteen spins and 107 points)
  • HARDY, “Give Heaven Some Hell” (up from #38 to 37, but gained only twenty-one spins and forty-eight points)
  • Caitlyn Smith ft. Old Dominion, “I Can’t” (up from #46 to #45, but gained only ten spins and three points)

In No Trouble At All:

  • Old Dominion, “I Was On A Boat That Day” (up from #32 to #26)
  • Chase Rice ft. Florida Georgia Line, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.” (up from #17 to #12)
  • Jason Aldean, “Blame It On You” (up from #10 to #6)
  • Jameson Rodgers ft. Luke Combs, “Cold Beer Calling My Name” (up from #26 to #22)
  • Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave” (up from #48 to #44)

Is Thanos:

  • Luke Combs, “Forever After All” (up from #2 to #1, earning Combs a permanent seat on the UN Security Council)

Bubbling Under 50:

On The Way:

  • Nelly & Florida Georgia Line, “Lil Bit”
  • Elle King & Miranda Lambert, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”

Overall Thoughts: Some surprise good news in the form of Rucker and Brothers Osborne’s latest singles have put the Pulse on firmer ground for the moment, but we’ve got some serious trouble on the horizon. (Spoiler alert: “Angry Kyle” is definitely making an appearance on my eventual Sanders and Moon reviews, and there’s a fair chance he shows up for the Nelly/FGL collab too…) Spins seemed a bit more plentiful on the whole this week, but with Thanos likely to sit at the top of the escalator for a while (based on today’s daily chart, I don’t see Bentley making up a nearly four-digit spin deficit in four days), expect a bit of chart constipation over the next few weeks as things back up behind “Forever After All” and Nelly/FGL and King/Lambert angle for splashy debuts.

We’re seeing a similar dynamic on the coronavirus front:

The U.S. needs to pull out all the stops to get vaccine shots into the arms of as many people as possible, whether that’s through improving access to vaccines, creating more incentives to convince people to get the vaccine, or other means (and honestly, doing all of the above is probably the best strategy). I implore people to get their vaccine shot at the earliest opportunity (and to wear masks and maintain social distance until they are fully vaccinated), and I implore businesses and governments to make those opportunities as plentiful and easy to access as possible. Ending this pandemic won’t be easy, but we’ve made great progress in the U.S. so far, and we need to keep up the good work to prevent this virus from surging once more.

One thought on “The Current Pulse Coronavirus Pandemic of Mainstream Country Music: June 7, 2021

  1. Florida-Georgia Line and Nelly doing another collab? UGH! Every time I cross the florida georgia line I make sure I pee there, just so Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley will winge their asses off. Boom that’s an old Farce the Music joke I learned from reading some of their blog posts. Anyways, fuck Florida Georgia Line.

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