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Pop Songs that Could Be Country

Updated on September 3, 2012

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.

So...

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!

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      Neerizzle 5 years ago from Canada

      Enjoyed reading this and I agree, all of these songs do have a bit of country in them.

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      anunez49 5 years ago from New York

      Loved reading this!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Alecia this is a fantastic hub! I often think about this while i'm switching my ipod between country, rock, pop and every other genre of songs! Your picks were perfect! You have such a talent with music related hubs! I'd like to hear try to pull off a song by Pink! How about F**king Perfect! Wouldn't that be awesome! Or Keith Urban sing Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger! Superb hub my friend!!!

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      RobertElias Ballard 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

      Great hub and videos.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      @Sunshine: Thanks so much for your thoughts! Yeah I wouldn't mind hearing a country artist sing "F**king Perfect" by P!nk or Keith Urban doing "Moves Like Jagger." Maybe there'll be a great crossover @ the CMA's tonight.

      @ Cousin Fudd: Thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

      Such a fun hub. I personally love country remixes. :)

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks AllSuretyBonds!

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      Mark 5 years ago

      Shania Twain rocks

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I agree.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This hub rocks in a country sorta way!!:)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Your hub is awesome. Loved it - A musical journey that filled me with delight. Voted up. Awesome, enjoyed reading.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Fantastic hub Alecia! I tend to enjoy other music styles but I do enjoy some country music! Take care, Kelley

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub Alecia, and I agree, all could be great country songs. On the other side of the spectrum, have you heard the Carolina Chocolate Drops? They have a bluegrass version of Blu Cantrell's Hit em up style that is amazing! voted up and awesome!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Very awesome Hub! These songs can definitely make very interesting country soungs. I wonder if they might...

      -KD

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the idea of the different music genres coming together the way you suggest!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      I see I am not the only one that hears a pop song and thinks it could be country, and the other way around. This was fun to read.

      I love the Lady Gaga Song "You and I" and how it perfectly teeters on the border of pop and country.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Fun hub. I never thought about any of these songs as being country before but now I can totally see it. Very clever, Alecia.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Sunshine!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thank you Vellur! I am glad you enjoyed reading it :)!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Kelley! I am the same way- I like some country but I like other styles- I just thought this would be a great experiment :).

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Weestro! No, I haven't heard of Carolina Chocolate Drops but that sounds pretty interesting.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Keith!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thank you Christy and Thanks again for sharing :)!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Dana! Yeah, I hear alot of things in different genres of music- and I agree about You and I- I think it is one of her most inventive offerings.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thank you so much Deborah!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I also enjoyed reading this article and definitely agree with your list of songs that could be country hits. By the way, you are right about Shania Twain, love her!! Also, no one could duplicate Adele's voice, so very true!! Have voted and shared.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Janine! I hope Shania makes a comeback real soon. Adele's voice is one of a kind and I can't wait for her new material either after she finishes maternity leave :).

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      Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      That was a nice hub! Enjoyed reading it!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thank you Oliersmyth! I am glad you enjoyed reading it :)!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Alecia,

      I may not be able to discuss the different genres of music, but isn't it true that music is beyond all barriers? Music only needs to be listened to with passion whatever the language.

      Of course I am familiar with Taylor Swift's, Justin's and Adele's songs here. Enjoyed reading your hub and all the videos too. Thanks Alecia. Sharing it across. Cheers, Rema.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thank you remaniki! I agree that music should stretch across all borders and that listening with passion is key :).

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What an original idea for a hub. I like the way you started out writing about Shania's autobiography and so easily slipped into your hub. The videos were great and really accented your points. A very persuasive hub and one everyone agrees with! Great job.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      One of the most recent crossover hits was the newest album by Lionel Richie. Mostly duets, so many good tunes were shared by Lionel and country artists. If you ever get the chance to I-tune it, check out Conway Twitty and Sam Moore's duet of Rainy Night in Georgia. It's a true classic that would make Brook Benton proud. Great Hub!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I never was much of a country music fan, but with the likes of Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain and a few others this has changed in recent years. I loved your hub topic and the songs you've listed. Great choice of who you'd pick to sing some of them! Well worthy of HOTD - congrats! :)

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Tillsontitan,

      Thank you very much- I really did love reading about Shania Twain- to me she's a trailblazer. And I'm especially glad this hub was persuasive to you :).

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi rcrumple,

      I saw Lionel Richie promoting that album. But it probably seemed natural for him since he used to write for Kenny Rogers. I will have to look up Conway Twitty and Sam Moore's duet- I grew up listening to Sam and Dave! Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi MelChi,

      I agree that the sound of country music has changed to include alot more genres of music which is why I think Carrie, Shania, and Taylor can rule the charts now. Thanks so much!

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      BizVT34 4 years ago from USA

      What does a tornado and a country song have in common? In either case someone is losing a trailer house. :-)

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Haha BuyaBiz! Thank you!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I love listening to Adele. Good hub.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Me too Vinaya! Thank you!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Alecia, very enjoyable read. Now you've really got me thinking about songs that I like that could cross over into country - what a great time I will have thinking of some. I think genuinely well written songs have the ability to cross over into any genre; I think Adele's other song, 'Love Song' (by Robert Smith - The Cure) would make a fine country song. I am off to You Tube now to see if anyone has attempted it yet.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thank you Jools! Well-written songs are not only timeless but transcend boundaries. I was just listening to Adele's version of Lovesong and you're exactly right. It does translate well.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I love Alecia's if I ain't got you. I love the piano solo too. Love the running notes! Dramatic and musical. Thanks for sharing, Alecia! Sharing too.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Michelle! I love Alicia Keys' songs as well :).

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      JoanCA 4 years ago

      I think some of Katy Perry's slower songs like Thinking of You, Brick by Brick, and The One That Got Away would make great country songs. Maybe it's because they all tell a story and that's a big part of country music. I'd love to hear some of Patsy Cline's or Nanci Griffith's songs done as pop.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi JoanCA,

      That's a good point about Katy Perry's songs. But you're right-songs that tell a story easily translate to country. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!

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