Recently I was doing some research for music and I came across a surprising fact. As I was looking at research results from several universities I found that country (the music genre) is actually more popular that I thought.
I was so surprised because I had never had an experience with country music in the past and I was curious. So, the past week I’ve been listening to country almost every day and, I was again surprised, since I found all these amazing musical creations this genre offers to the listener.
My little experience provides me with a few country songs of all time that I would like to recommend. Even though listening to country started out of curiosity, I’m sure this genre will continue being one of my favorites in the future
But what is actually country?
After my research on the Web. I found several interesting facts about country. Country is a form of popular music originating in the rural southern US. It is traditionally a mixture of ballads and dance tunes played characteristically on fiddle, guitar, steel guitar, drums, and keyboard (according to Wikipedia).
In other words, the country artists have to be creative and non repetitive at all times, that’s how they will be able to produce these timeless masterpieces. Also, country music requires playing a mixture of different types of guitars, that’s why many people might confuse the country songs with rock or even pop songs. But with a little more experience, anyone can tell the difference trust me! If you listen to country consistently for some time (provided that you’re not familiar with it), it will definitely be obvious.
Now, country was and is the music genre of the people (that’s how I like to call these genres) because it actually engages the person, it makes them want to dance, sing etc. People don’t simply absorb pathetically music, they put their body and mind into action. That’s what makes country so popular, according to my opinion.
So, without further ado, these are my top songs:
1. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
You don’t really need to be an expert at country to be familiar with this song. I knew this song before I started listening to country, I just never realized its genre was country. I can imagine people sitting in a bar in the southern US while listening to this song and naturally singing together.
It really reminds me of the south US, even though there are many other great country song, I believe that this song is the most unforgettable of them all. John Denver is a very revolutionary artist and he has helped in shaping the music industry to what it is today.
It will forever be a magnificent song, always a part of the people who adore country music.
2. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
This song is immediately catchy, that’s why it has my attention until today. It was the second song I fully heard and I fell in love with country. I knew that this tune will be stuck in my head for days and it is! It tells a magnificent story, which travels he minds of the listener magically.
Kenny Rogers is and will forever be an incredible musician whose songs will remain unforgettable to people’s hearts. He sadly passed away, but after leaving all this work behind, he will surely be remembered.
Give this song a listen it won’t let you down. On the contrary, it will prove why country is so popular among so many people worldwide.
3. Lady – Kenny Rogers
This is a slightly slower, more ballad – like song, I believe. I firstly heard the live version and I thought to myself: “If I ever found this online randomly, the country genre would never cross my mind”. It is one of the best songs of alll time if you ask me. It embraces the new listener to country music and it shows them the true power of this genre.
A truly moving song, by an amazing artist. As a new country listener, this artist immediately captured my attention and interest. If you are an experienced country listener do you like Kenny Rogers as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!
4. Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver
Another slow country song, which is great since I love them. I always mention the fact that they are slow because I never thought slow country songs exist (how foolish of me!). Not only do they exist but they are also sentimental, expressing and able to bring tears in the eyes of the listener, I’m not exaggerating.
I am very fond of travelling and this song reminded me of visiting places with my parents when I was younger. It woke a memory in me that I had forgotten and that created my special feelings towards country.
I always listen to it when I need comfort and it never fails to get me back on my feet again. I highly recommend it!
5. Country Boy – Alan Jackson
Now, by the title, most people can tell this is a country song. But even if you listen to it for the first time without knowing the name, you will know the genre. It’s the vibe of this song and the guitar playing that makes it special. It is a very catchy tune and if someone asked me what country music is, I would definitely tell them to listen to this song.
I suggest that you give it a listen and tell me your opinion in the comments. Doesn’t this song remind you of something too? Ever since I listened to this for the first time, I can’t stop thinking about it.
Listen and tell me your opinion
Have you heard of country before? What is your story with this genre and do you have any particular memories with certain songs? I’d love to discuss with you!
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