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Country Music Top 20 Cliché Lyric Breakdown


Things just aren’t what they used to be, and that includes country music which is getting far more clichéd lyrically. Country music journalist Casey Black broke down word patterns in Billboard ‘s Top 20 Hot Country Songs on Sept 10, 2013, and thanks to his superb analysis, the formula for a potential country hit is now in your hands. Please give a shout out when you accept your Country Music Television Song of the Year Award.

In the number one spot, used in 14 out of 20 songs: girl (possibly because 19 out of 20 songs are sung by presumably straight men)
13 times: little (used 3 times to describe women)
13 times: Music being either listened to or sung, with five references to specific songs
12 times: Alcohol mentioned or consumed
11 times: Carnal desire for a woman, in the past or present
9 times: Some part  of a woman’s body
7 times: Trucks
7 times: “Girl riding shotgun” –either as desire or reality
7 times: Kiss as a noun or verb

So, while music plays, a little girl riding shotgun in a truck gets kissed on a body part by a presumably straight man with alcohol issues who lusts for her. Bad idea. Never get in a vehicle with a driver who’s been drinking. Unless you’ve dropped a tip with the ICE Operation Predator app.

Noticeably absent: God, Jesus, America, farm, baby, mamma, guitar, wedding/marry, bar/honky-tonk, dance, heart/heartbreak.

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Country Music Top 20 Cliché Lyric Breakdown

Things just aren’t what they used to be, and that includes country music which is getting far more clichéd lyrically. Country music journalist Casey Black broke down word patterns in Billboard ‘s Top 20 Hot Country Songs on Sept 10, 2013, and thanks to his superb analysis, the formula for a potential country hit is now in your hands. Please give a shout out when you accept your Country Music Television Song of the Year Award.

In the number one spot, used in 14 out of 20 songs: girl (possibly because 19 out of 20 songs are sung by presumably straight men)
13 times: little (used 3 times to describe women)
13 times: Music being either listened to or sung, with five references to specific songs
12 times: Alcohol mentioned or consumed
11 times: Carnal desire for a woman, in the past or present
9 times: Some part  of a woman’s body
7 times: Trucks
7 times: “Girl riding shotgun” –either as desire or reality
7 times: Kiss as a noun or verb

So, while music plays, a little girl riding shotgun in a truck gets kissed on a body part by a presumably straight man with alcohol issues who lusts for her. Bad idea. Never get in a vehicle with a driver who’s been drinking. Unless you’ve dropped a tip with the ICE Operation Predator app.

Noticeably absent: God, Jesus, America, farm, baby, mamma, guitar, wedding/marry, bar/honky-tonk, dance, heart/heartbreak.

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Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.