Were the top country music hits of 2013 all a little too similar?

A lot of country songs this past year centered on a few choice topics: beer, girls in jeans, trucks and dirt roads. And most were sung by male artists. Is this a sign that country music is becoming too similar and uninspired? That's what the creator of the video Why Country Music Was Awful in 2013, Grady Smith, believes.

I was inspired to make this supercut after posting my 10 Best Country Albums of 2013 list for Entertainment Weekly. A few commenters told me that my choices weren't mainstream enough, and I thought, "Well, yeah, because so much of what's on the radio these days sounds exactly the same!" So I decided to make a video to prove my point.


I hope country fans will stop settling for this derivative junk. I love a dumb party song every once in a while (including some of these!), but when they're the only flavor available, they get old very, very fast. Here's to better music in 2014."


-Grady Smith

We want to know what you think of this year's country music. Let us know what you think of 2013's country hits in the comments below and if you disagree with Grady Smith, send him a Tweet at @GradyWSmith.

And here is Saving Country Music's reasons for why country music was great in 2013.