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Pop Songs that Could Be Country
I'm A Little Bit Country
I live in the South. I have a purported accent. So it's natural that I've been exposed to country music. I didn't always appreciate it. I was prejudiced. Not because I had a justifiable reason, but mainly because of stereotypes I associated with country music, but it all changed due to one name.
That name would be Shania. Every since I heard "Man! I Feel Like a Woman", I've been entranced by her musical stylings. She was sassy, sophisticated, and she knew how to make songs with great hooks.
I recently read From this Moment, Shania's amazing autobiography. She went into great detail about her musical influences which range from Stevie Wonder to Tanya Tucker. I also loved how she envisioned herself as an artist with no particular genre, but making music purely for passion and the pleasure of her fans.
So, thinking along those lines, I'd like to see what would happen if some of my favorite songs went from pop gems to country classics.
"What Goes Around...Comes Around"
I know, I know. I somehow manage to mention Justin Timberlake in some way in every hub. I can't help it. It's not my fault. The guy won't go away and I obviously won't stop paying attention to him either. But I digress.
"What Goes Around..Comes Around" has that guitar riff that sounds so Nashville to me, I kind of wish he would sometimes sing it that way. This song is country in how it features heartache, revenge, and redemption. I think if you turn up the guitar and remove the drums, you have an instant country favorite.
Taylor Swift has countrified this song to a certain extent on her Fearless tour and it sounds pretty good, so my theory's beginning to shape up.
"Someone Like You"
No one, I repeat no one has Adele's voice. That's an argument that I wouldn't even think of getting into. Her songs, however, are easily to relate to and therefore I think her latest ballad, "Someone Like You" fits the bill.
The song talks about something so many people have experienced in their lifetime, the crushing defeat of heartache and trying to move on. It's one of those songs, you hear and you can picture your life any number of years ago and feel like you're there if only for four minutes.
I could see this song being sung by someone with a powerful and interesting voice, like Martina McBride. She more than held her own at the Aretha tribute at this year's past Grammys and I think she would add a new dynamic to the songs searing lyrics.
"If I Ain't Got You"
Alicia Keys knows how to make a love song. Alicia Keys knows how to make you love a love song. That being said, I believe that she always knows how to write and sing in such a way that pulls you in. No moment is too small to capture, no word too simple to express the emotion. She's just that good.
"If I Ain't Got You" has to say everything you could possibly want to say to someone you love. It's not about anything but having someone who at the end of the day is willing to put up with your quirks, shortcomings, mood swings, and the like.
If I had my way, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill would sing this song with the utmost passion and sincerity. Not only are they one of the best celebrity couples in recent memory, but when they work together they know how to choose material that complements their chemistry and their voices.
"Where is the Love?"
Hip-hop and country have a lot in common. They both originate from geographical locations, initially appealed to a niche audience, and still struggle for a balance between commercial appeal and authenticity.
That being said, I decided to throw in what I consider to be one of the Black Eyed Peas' masterworks, "Where is the Love?", featuring yup, you guessed it Justin Timberlake. I think this song is similar to "What's Going On" in how it asks questions about society and our way of living.
The country artist who could best attempt this song would probably be Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood. I'm not sure if they've done a duet, but I think they have great crossover appeal and I know Carrie's covered Motley Crue before with no problem, so I think it could work.
I think if country artists did this, it could work. But I also think that it could be great the other way around. There are some awesome country songs that could be pop classics in their own right as well. I just like seeing how different genres of music can work to complement each other.
Let me know what you think in comments! Thanks for reading!