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

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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.

Black History Month Presents: Lionel Richie & Commodores Top 10

Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite singer/performer of all-time is Lionel Richie. His music is timeless and incomparable. As a performer Richie doesn’t need dancers and all of the lights. All he needs is that voice and a piano.

As a young man, the world was introduced to Lionel Richie when he was the lead singer of the Commodores and in the early 80’s he decided to go solo and create many more hits.

Lionel’s music is so well liked, he decided to “countrify” his hits and made some of them better on the Tuskegee album. On the album, Richie teamed up with a few of country’s best artists and remade 13 of his and the Commodores’ hits.

Typically, I do a top 10 countdown and leave it at that, but because there are so many hits I have decided to do a top 10 for both The Commodores and Lionel Richie.

A few that didn’t make either list:

Ballerina Girl


Truly


Just For You


I Call It Love


To continue to the Commodores Top 10 countdown please continue to the next page. 

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.