Popular country songs have a growing prevelance in the USA. Many of them being well known love songs, dreams, tragedy based songs and of course pride of their own culture, which seems a common theme in country songs from all continents.
Most American country artists are proud christian people who’s strong faith, see’s them bringing out many touching gospel songs, some of them in a very fun way, with a very poignant story behind them.
Many popular country songs have gotten that way through the mass appeal and fun of the actual songs. Alan Jackson’s lyrics to “Chattahoochee” is yet another in a long list of great songs he’s come out with and is loved worldwide.
The great song the “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus is also another evergreen favourite, that people say that don’t like, but the song itself never fails to make at least half the rooms feet tap to the contagious beat.
“Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams, Sr is a song that strikes a common theme of heartbreak and infidelity. Everyone has had an unfaithful lover or can sympathize with being the lover-left-out. Cheating songs are widespread throughout the country genre. Similar tunes include hits like “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood.
Love lost, or unrequited love is seems to be a human obsession. Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss team up to sing “Whiskey Lullaby” a song about two broken hearts that ultimately die of misery from their unsatisfied love. While pop music focuses on the falling in love stage of human emotion, many country songs pay tribute to lifelong love.
A prime example is Collin Raye’s “If You Get There Before I Do,” a heartwarming promise to the love of his life.
In a display of country grit, Johnny Paycheck wrote a song that has a special place in the heart of every wage worker: “Take This Job and Shove It” is perfect for the working man blues. Sometimes, job frustration can be cured by listening to this little ditty.
Lee Ann Womach created a song titled “I Hope You Dance,” a heartwarming and inspiring blessing for the future. The song recognizes the precious opportunities in brief, beautiful lives and encourages everyone to take a risk.
The sentiment of this song is so universal that it’s been played at funerals as well as graduations. Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” also hopes that everyone will seize the day.
While musical elitists will claim that it lacks sophistication, most listeners don’t turn to popular country songs for classical composition. Country music, above most others, tells a complete story in the span of a few minutes.
Also, it’s usually a tale that most people can empathize with. Country song-writer Harlan Howard defined country music as “three chords and the truth.”