Hi fellow bloggers,
I’m gonna say it: I like country music.
*cue the boos and angry chants that usually start when I mention liking this plain, old ”boring” art form*
I’ll admit, I never used to like it. I wondered why anyone would listen to some banjo, barnyard sounding kind of tune when there was hip hop and radio beats that you could get down and dance to. When you’re a child or even in your early teens, there are things to happily dance over.
But as you age life gets lonely and difficult and there are dramatically less moments where you want to hip-hop dance or celebrate the drugs, booze and empty messages of pop songs. As an adult, I simply want a place where I belong and where I feel like someone connects with me on a soul level that’s more that just the superficial, cheap thrills kind of connections you desperately make at parties with radio head playing. However, country music fulfills that soul connection so much more by singing about everything from first love to heart break to longing to head home to the ranch and loving your family or drinking beer with the boys or getting revenge with the girls or forgiving others. It’s a cultured art form and I simply find myself drawn more to these soul-felt lyrics and genuine singers. Something about the raw, stripped back, acoustic guitar and crooning touches the part of my soul searching for genuine connection.
Don’t get me wrong: not all country is that deep and there’s definitely happy, empty messaged, dancing songs in the country genre too… especially now that modern country has taken on an RnB, dance-all feel to it. I enjoy those too but I’ve learned to treasure the classic art form and I think it’s totally underrated.
In fact, my new love for country made me hyper-aware of songs from ALL genres that are underrated. Especially songs that are older. So I’m basically just going to post a bunch of songs (country and not-country) that I think are underrated. They have ratings out of 5 stars! Enjoy:
1. ”Let Your Hair Down” by MAGIC!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ /5
Remember that guy who wanted to ”have your daughter for the rest his life…say yes…say yes cause I need to know… WHY YOU GOTTA BE SO RUDE?” Well it seems like he did marry the daughter and wrote her this beautiful, relaxing, reggae serenade. It got decent play time on the radios when it was released in 2014 but I haven’t heard it in a while. One rainy, Saturday when you just need to wind down, put in your earbuds, play this song with the bass turned up high…thank me later.
2. ”LEave Someone” By Wilderness of Manitoba
Absolutely haunting and soulful lyrics I’m sure many of us can relate to. It becomes even more haunting and melancholic as the years go by.
3. ”Shine a Light” by Banners
⭐ ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐/5
I didn’t put the music video because I think it’s waaay less deep and comforting than the song. The actual song is a lullaby about keeping hope even in the darkest of times and I wanted to stay true to that here. Try just putting in your earbuds and listening to this alone on a rainy day.
4. ”Shine a Light” by Bryan Adams
⭐ ⭐ ⭐/5
Dreamy song. Even dreamier voice singing it. It’s a nice change from songs complaining about negative things that happened to them; this one instead celebrates someone successful who made all the right choices and needs to remember those who guided them up to that point. It’s catchy and Bryan Adams is a god so I added it to the list.
5. ”California King Bed” by Rhiana
Will be 10 years old in a few months and I’ve never hear anyone talk about this beautiful ballad.
6. ”FireProof” by One Direction
With a retro feel to it, I like the smooth guitar and the heartfelt message about everlasting loyalty and soul ties even when you try to leave. Don’t think that just because they’re some teeny boy band means that this song has no meaning!
7. ”Favourite Boy” By Half Moon Run
Such an underrated band. The song is catchy and this one in particular is so catchy but I’ve only ever heard it on the radio once…one of the best days in 2020 just for that sole reason. Anyway, I don’t really get the video but it’s the first song they released in a looong time and I was just so happy that they were finally growing as a group. Such talented musicians in this band and I can recommend some extra songs of theirs if you want to see their full vocal range.
8. ”GhosTown” by SAM Outlaw
SUCH GOOD GUITAR and the singing is just raw. Maybe this is where my love for country REALLY began.
9. ”Lose it” by oh wonder
Dreamy lyrics. Dreamy melodies. It’s not everybody’s jam or something you could throw on at just any party but it’s golden in it’s own respect and it only gets better as the years go by. Plus…THEY’RE CANADIAN GUYS! Other good one’s by them are ”Drive” and ”Livewire.”
10. ”HAve It all” BY SAint Raymond
A good ”pick-me-up” kind of gem that not enough people get a chance to cheer up with!
Feel free to share any other hidden gems you’ve heard over the years!