Common themes in Country Music
Top themes of modern country music are It’s All Over, Love & Devotion, and The Right Way To Live. These themes are influenced by topics such as love, loneliness, family, values, the hard life, and poverty of the ordinary people, rural life, patriotism, vehicles, and prison.
- It's All Over, Love & Devotion, and The Right Way To Live are the top themes of modern country music.
- Most country music themes are formed from topics like "love, loneliness, family, values, the hard life, and poverty of the ordinary people, rural life, patriotism, vehicles, and prison."
It’s All Over
- Songs with this theme focus on "regret or loss." It's all over is mostly about "the end of a romantic relationship, but could also mean other good things the singer lost by actively screwing it up."
- Here comes goodbye is a country song about break-up by Rascal Flats, and it was released in 2009. The song made it to number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
- Break Up in the End by Cole Swindell is a song that talks about a break-up that is mature and has no hard feelings. It "examines the bittersweet beauty of a relationship, even if it doesn't have a happy ending."
Love and Devotion
- The "sappy love song," fall into this category. It's usually about undying love and making it when no one thought the world. Such songs are way more popular now than they were 50 years ago. Variants of This theme include themes like "They Said We'd Never Make It" and "Back Together."
- Bless the Broken Road is a song by Rascal Flatts released in 2004. It was number one on the Billboard country music charts in 2005. It "celebrates the miracle and rarity of true love while also addressing the struggle we endure to find it."
- Dig two graves by Randy Travis was released in 2008. It is a song about love and devotion and sticking together through thick and thin.
The Right Way to Live
- This song has a dominant theme of pride and homespun wisdom. Songs with this theme were more prevalent in 2015 than 50 years ago. Variants of this theme include “Things Were Better Back Then, My Rowdy Friends and Me, and Let’s Get Back to Basics.”
- Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves was released Oct. 21, 2013. The song encourages listeners to accept themselves and live their lives the way they see fit without worrying about what others think. The song made it to "Billboard Hot Country Songs top 10 in the United States and the top 50 in Canada."
- Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw was released in 2004. This song encourages listeners to have fun and enjoy their lives and take"the time to absorb the moments spent with loved ones and pursuing the fun and ambitious things." This song was number one for seven weeks on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.