Viral Video: Was Every Hit Country Music Song of 2013 Exactly the Same?
Proof That Every Country Music Song This Year Was Exactly the Same (Gawker)
When country music critic Grady Smith sat down to write his list of the top 10 Best Country Albums of 2013 he made a startling revelation: All the chart-topping country songs of 2013 sounded exactly the same.
Not in the sense that they all sound like country-pop songs — that's a given — but in the sense that even the lyrics are carbon copies of each other.
Truck - check. Dirt road - check. Sugar shaker in painted-on jeans - check.
In the hopes that country music fans "will stop settling for this derivative junk," Smith made a video to illustrate his point. "I'm holding up a mirror to a genre I care a lot about," he tweeted. "Here's to better music in 2014."