Biggest Trends In Country Music In 2013: Bro-Country, Hick Hop [VIDEO]

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Blake Shelton (L) and Luke Bryan

Blake Shelton (L) and Luke Bryan (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

2013 in country music will go down in the books as the year of bro-country and hick hop.

It’s hard to argue that some of the year’s biggest hits had many of the same themes that were repeated over and over and OVER again. It’s easy to assume when Nashville hit makers have a winning formula they use it often…and boy did they in 2013!

Country music has been for the last twenty years a genre of music that attracts mostly females. Nashville in an effort to drive more men into the mix seems to be zeroing in on what they think 18-34-year-old males really care about. Sounds a bit superficial to me.

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Gone are all the power ballads and large number of female artists, instead it’s all booze, testosterone and pickup trucks. Great female artists like Kasey Muskgraves, Brandy Clark, Ashley Monore and Holly Williams get little airplay while bro-country gets bigger and bigger.

Zac Brown, Gary Allen and countless others insist this trend is ruining country music.

Here’s a look back at 2013’s most recycled themes: talkin’ ’bout trucks, dirt roads, talkin’ ’bout tight-jeaned women sliding their “sugar shakers” up in said trucks, the sun going down and the moon coming up, the “good stuff” (i.e., booze) and calling women “girl.”


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