Country music is well and alive, being enjoyed worldwide. Country music is as popular in far away Germany and Asia, as much as it has been in the deep south of America. And the more that country music widens in popularity, there’s more and more mixtures of pop crossing over, groups such as Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum, plust the birth of pop queens such as Taylor Swift. Over the years, counry music songs have been written about home town loyalty, to lost and new found love. But New country songs and pop have invented a new flavour of music, with a hip beat, whilst keeping the fantastic deep storylines that country music is so well known for.
While country-pop is crossing over with a growing popularity, traditional country songs and pop have been mixed for years. The song “Rhinesone Cowboy” was an awesome hit by Glen Campbell, and other artists like John Denver have carved a hot trail into this new country song journey since the 1970’s. Olivia Newton-John even brought out a great new country pop style song in the 1970’s called “Let Me Be There”. Since then other country pop style songs have been written by the drove, Dolly Parton, with such popular hits like “Why’d You Come Here Lookin’ Like That” and “Yellow Roses” as well as her awesome self-penned hit “9 to 5” and she popularized “I Will Always Love You” the amazing soundtrack from the movie “The Body Guard” with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.
The country pop genre experienced a revival in the 1990s in the hands of country queens like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and LeeAnn Rimes with hits that topped both the country and pop charts such as “Independence Day” and “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”. Groups like the Dixie Chicks and Lonestar were able to attract fans from both traditional country music listeners and contemporary and pop music lovers.
Recently, new country songs and pop singers are flooding into the country music genre, creating exciting new styles of hybrid new country music. The Grammy Awards had the presence of Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift, with Swift winning 4 awards and Antebellum topping it with 5 awards won. Taylor Swift has been recorded as the youngest and only soloist to win the country album of the year with her new album, “Fearless” which is an incredble effort.
There’s definitely a place in modern country for the creative rythm and hip beat of crossover pop singers and it’s only becoming more popular. There’s a trend growing faster than ever for country and pop lovers to follow a wider audience of both styles and many in between, and this has created a very unique opportunity for artists in both genres. So whether you a die hard Alan Jackson fan, or really love the latest Lady Gaga style pop songs, get ready and clear a space on your shelves for the new country music songs in your CD shelf or MP3 player.