If there’s one genre of music that most people seem to hate with a passion, it’s country music. Many a music lover will insist they’ll listen to anything — just not country. People make fun of the common themes of driving trucks, drinking whiskey/beer and fishing, and they insist that country music is the single worst genre. "I'll never listen to country," they say.
How do I know this? Well, friends, I used to be one of those people. I grew up in northern California in a place that was about as far from country as you could get, and I, like many of my peers, was adamantly anti-country. But one fateful day I heard Kenny Chesney's “Somewhere With You,” and that’s when everything changed. Now, I’m not saying I’ve completely converted into a country music fiend, but I do think the genre has a lot to offer, and that more than anything, listening to country music makes you feel good.
So, for all the nonbelievers, and everyone saying they’ll never listen to country, I’ve put together a playlist that can help you ease into the genre. Here are 12 country songs for people who hate country music:
1. "Stay A Little Longer" by Brothers Osborne
This is the perfect song to turn on for a cruise around town. It's catchy, laid back and fun to sing along to.
2. "Make You Miss Me" by Sam Hunt
If you're looking for a good song about a bad breakup, this should be your go-to.
3. "The Driver" by Charles Kelley ft. Dierks Bentley, Eric Paslay
Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum teamed up with some other big names for this folksy tune.
4. "Yeah Boy" by Kelsea Ballerini
It's not exactly a lyrical masterpiece, but this song will get you pumped for your night out. Have fun singing this to your mirror while you're getting ready.
5. "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
I, for one, did not see this relationship or this song coming, but I'm into it. Who doesn't love a good inner-genre collaboration?
6. "Brace for Impact (Live A Little)" by Sturgill Simpson
This one goes out to the alt-rockers who can get down with the drumming and won't get hung up on having no idea what this dude is saying.
7. "Wildfire and Whiskey" by Tenille Arts
If you miss that old-school T-Swift, allow me to introduce you to Tenille Arts.
8. "Highway Don't Care" by Tim McGraw ft. Taylor Swift
Thank you Ms. Swift for returning to your country roots to record this song. Listeners, good luck getting this out of your head.
9. "Yesterday's Song" by Hunter Hayes
This upbeat tune will be your new dance-it-out song. Some days, you just need a dance break.
10. "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves
Needing a little encouragement to do your own thing? That's where Kacey comes in. In the words of Musgraves, "Follow your arrow wherever it points."
11. "Runnin' Out Of Air" by Love and Theft
This song has a groove that's pretty infectious. I see you tapping your toes.
12. "Somewhere In My Car" by Keith Urban
You can always count on a good Keith Urban song to lift your mood. Let loose, and sing along.
There you have it, folks. Country music really isn't as bad as you think it is. In fact, it can actually be pretty fun to listen to.