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LBT’s “Girl Crush” proves country music is afraid of change.


It was just three days ago when I decided to the Little Big Town top 10 countdown. When I did it, I would have never thought that it would be released prior to the controversy over the song “Girl Crush”, which has led to the song being pulled off the air in certain radio markets.

Little Big Town Top 10 Countdown 


Where does the controversy come from? Some are saying that the song is promoting a “gay agenda”, but if people would listen to the song they would clearly understand the lyrics.

A few quotes from the song:

I gotta girl crush, hate to admit it but/I gotta heart rush, ain’t slowin’ down/I got it real bad, want everything she has/That smile and the midnight laugh she’s givin’ you now.

I wanna taste her lips, yeah, ’cause they taste like you/I wanna drown myself in a bottle of her perfume/I want her long blonde hair, I want her magic touch/Yeah, ’cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much/I gotta girl crush, I gotta girl crush

I don’t get no sleep, I don’t get no peace/Thinkin’ about her under your bed sheets/The way that she’s whisperin’, the way that she’s pullin’ you in/Lord knows I’ve tried, I can’t get her off my mind


With those quotes, yes, the song may be promoting a “gay agenda”, but if you listen to the lyrics of the song it is about a woman that is jealous of her ex-boyfriend’s new lover.

Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town’s lead vocalist, told the Washington Post, “It’s a genius lyric, such a beautifully written song about jealousy, and it has nothing to do with a same-sex couple.”

So why were people so quick to dismiss the song? It is because country music and the people who listen to it are afraid of change of uncertainty. This is not the first time country music connoisseurs have called in to radio stations to get songs taken off the air.

Exhibit A: Dixie Chicks “Travelin’ Soldier”


Exhibit B: Loretta Lynn “A Pill” A song about birth control pills.

Miniskirts, hotpants and a few little fancy frills / Yeah I’m making up for all those years since I’ve got the pill.


Exhibit C: Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow” Country radio did not like the line “roll up a joint.”


But, what if “Girl Crush” did have a “gay agenda”? Would it make a difference?

In the country music world it seriously would. Why I don’t know. Country music is listened to in all parts of America, but specifically in conservative states.

Twelve states have not legalized same-sex marriage. Ten of those states have strong conservative values. Those states are Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Dakota, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Texas. The other two states that have not legalize the union are Michigan and Ohio. President Barack Obama carried both states in the 2012 general election.

The defense of people who oppose homosexuality are those who feel as though the Bible tells people that homosexuality is a sin. People commit the seven deadly sins everyday, and no one bats an eye. Remember that God made all of his children in his image, so unless you think that God contradicts himself on a regular basis can we stop having this debate. By the way, please notice that people who use the Bible defense are always those who are afraid of change. That defense didn’t work for slavery or women’s rights and it doesn’t work now. Let’s try to “love the neighbor” for once.

Think. Why would someone choose to be gay? Look at all of the different hassles that they go through. Would you want to get bullied for just being yourself? Would you feel happy that you can not marry your significant other? Would you not want to have children?

When I think of the issue I notice that I have many other issues I need to worry about instead of gay rights. Everyone deserves to be happy, why would you want to stop him or her from living a joyful life. You always want to be on the right side of history and on this subject there are ten states that are not.

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Little Big Town Top 10

Oh, Little Big Town, how I love the harmonies that you all create. The way that their four voices blend together is magical. Pain Killer, their most recent album is by far their best. It’s their most adult album to date and two great singles, “Day Drinking” and “Girl Crush”, have headlined it.

Here they are performing “Girl Crush” at The Grand Ole Opry.

LBT has done a phenomenal job of staying competitive in a very tight space. There are so many other talented groups out there. Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, and The Band Perry are all incredible in their own special ways, but Little Big Town happens to stick out.

The song “Pontoon” still seems to be not only a summer hit but one year around. Before I knew it I was jamming to a song about a boat, and I must say I still enjoy it to this day.

I hope to see the newest Grand Ole Opry members sometime soon. Hopefully, it’ll be the next time they come to New Orleans or Baton Rouge for the Bayou Country Superfest.

Let’s head to a “Little White Church” and check out the top 10 Little Big Town songs:

10. Your Side of the Bed 


9. Deep River Woman 


8. Sober 


7. Little White Church 


6. Tornado 


Let’s go motorboatin’ to the top 5.

Rascal Flatts Top 10

One thing Rascal Flatts is not is a boy band so don’t compare them to *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys. The trio of Joe Don, Jay, and Gary sold over 22.5 million album and more than 28 million digital downloads. They’ve had 15 #1 singles, which led to their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a membership into the Grand Ole Opry. Gary LeVox, lead singer, has a voice that is completely unique. This is one of my favorite groups because their music is soulful and quite meaningful.

I must admit I enjoy being a Flatthead.

Please enjoy the Top 10 song made by Rascal Flatts.

10. Rewind


9. Banjo


8. Dancing on the Ceiling with Lionel Richie


7. Fast Cars and Freedom


6. Easy Featuring Natasha Bedingfield


For the top 5 Rascal Flatts songs please go to the next page.

Country Music Star Darius Rucker receives honor

Darius Rucker has come a long way from singing his University of South Carolina friends. Rucker began singing as the lead vocalist of the band Hootie and the Blowfish in 1986. His deep, soulful voice lead the band to a couple of Grammy awards. Also, the band’s first album, Cracked Rear View, went 16X platinum. Hootie and the Blowfish had hits like, “Let Her Cry”, “Hold My Hand”, and “Only Wanna Be With You”. The band decided in 2008 to take a hiatus so that Rucker could pursue a solo career.

Rucker’s first album, Learn to Live, charted three number one hits. They were “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”, “Alright”, and “It Won’t Be like This For Long”. His second album didn’t fail. Actually, it was certified gold. But his third album, True Believers may have been his best one yet. It featured a remake of Bob Dylan’s “Wagon Wheel”. The song went 3X platinum, won a Grammy, and never ceases to get old.

He later went on to record a Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, which is in stores now.

This South Carolina Gamecock fan continues to break down barriers and make history.

  • 2nd African- American with a #1 country song
  • Only African- American to win the CMA New Artist of the Year
  • Became a Grand Ole Opry Member in 2012

It is honor give Darius Rucker this week’s Young Veteran award. Between you and me, I don’t think it’s possible for this artist to stop making great music.

These are the Top 10 Darius Rucker songs.

10. Homegrown Honey

9. True Believers

8. It Won’t Be Like This For Long

7. Stuck On You Duet with Lionel Richie

6. Come Back Song

To continue to the top 5 please go to the next page.

The Legend Series Presents: The George Strait Top 10

Can you imagine having sixty number one hit songs? George Strait definitely didn’t see that coming. That’s more than Madonna (55), Michael Jackson (43), Elvis (41), and The Beatles (36). He is one of the few people that will ever have as many #1’s equal to their age. In over thirty years in the music business Strait never had to change his style. This cowboy rode away after his final tour this year, but says that he will still put out new music. No matter how much other genres of music influence country music, the country enthusiasts will always want to hear true sounds of George Strait.

These are the Top 10 George Strait songs:

10. Ocean Front Property

9. The Cowboy Rides Away

8. Marina Del Ray

7. Cowboys Like Us

6. Give It All We Got Tonight

Top Country Songs of 2014

Country music took another positive step further in 2014. It’s arguable that this genre is the best and most competitive. There were so many quality songs, so it is understandable if some of these songs are out of order.

Some of the songs that did not make the top 25 list:

Rascal Flatts- Rewind

Frankie Ballard- Sunshine & Whiskey

Florida Georgia Line- Dirt

Keith Urban- Somewhere in My Car

Blake Shelton- Neon Light

Darius Rucker- Homegrown Honey

Dustin Lynch- Where It’s At

David Nail- Kiss You Tonight

Kip Moore- Dirt Road

Kacey Musgraves- Follow Your Arrow

Hunter Hayes- Invisible

The Band Perry- Chainsaw

To continue to the top 25, please go to the next page.