Music that was once pretty respectable. Nowadays, it's been hijacked by rednecks singing about trucks, God, small town farms, and how America can do no wrong.
Country music's quality declined in reverse proportion to it's rise in mainstream popularity.

Compare good acts such as The Statler Brothers and Johnny Cash to modern acts such as Toby Keith and Trailer Park Choir.
by 87r747347435634634653245623 December 10, 2010
Country Music is American Popular Folk music- originating from the upland hills of the South- i.e. Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina- that relies strongly on harmonics, melodies and lyrics for story telling. The Carter Family from Virginia was the first commerical Country Music recording group.


Commercial Country Music has many Pop music elements- as well as Pop music has Country elements- both genres influenced each other. Modern Country and Western originted as we know it by the likes of Hank Williams, Sr. There are many styles and stylists of Country Music- including Country-Pop, Western Swing, Rockabilly, Jazzy Country, New Wave Country, Country-Soul, and Country-Blues. Country Music is essentially song driven- which is why to some non fans describe the songs being too similar. Country Music is actually a very eclectic and broad genre which encompasses folk, rock, and other styles as well. Country Music can be traced back to Celtic music traditions, and has evolved over a period of time . Country Music ranges from a very twangy sound, to a very smooth sound- with much of it in between. Most themes in Country are rural, but it has expanded with mostly songs that simply tell stories- urban or rural. A majority of Country songs have repetition in them and rely heavily on a strong chorus and hooks.

Ironically as traditional as Country Music can be- it has had much innovation and creative influence over the years, and some of the best singers and songwriters of any genre of Popular Music.
When you listen to Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams, Sr, you are listening to the roots of Modern Country Music.
by countryfan April 02, 2009
A style of music which involves a guitar and drums and has someone who sings to the beat of softer music.
Clint Black
Alan Jackson
by David April 23, 2004
Music that most people think ruins your ears, lowers IQ, and is just horrible.Now i like country music, and i'm a great student, have perfect hearing, and i love it.Everyone, you can have your opinion on it.But please, don't go all,

Country music sux, it just freakin' noise!!!!!!
Only rednecks and hicks listen to this frickin' crap!!

You really don't have to be rude about something that alot of people like!
Most think country music is for hicks and rednecks, but it has alot of great meaning!For example:

Through the wind and the rain she stands hard as a stone in a world that she can't rise above. But her dreams give her wings and she flies to a place where she's loved! Concrete angel...
by Sh...it happens! November 03, 2010
Sane, easy to listen to music that requires intelligible lyrics and an actual melody. Furthermore, the lyrics aren't designed to merely sound cool, but to tell a story. Listening will even demonstrate harmony vocals being done in the background. There are real chords that follow a logical progression, and instruments that require genuine talent to play. Subject matter can be anything, and I do mean anything. You name the real-life situation, and chances are a country song has been written about it.

Let's eliminate stereotypes here. Classic rock and metal is not all "a cacophony of electric guitar and feedback while somebody screeches into the microphone." Rap is not all "cop killers trashing bitches and ho's while their friends spit to rhythm in the background." And country music is not all "twanging and whining about getting drunk and losing my woman, my house, my dog, and my pickup." Fair enough?

I don't know where people get the idea that all country music fans are blind-patriotic, Bush-loving, right-wing Limbots, or rural Southerners with an IQ in the negative numbers. Neither of those describes me. I don't even live in the South. I just prefer listening to a form of music I can understand, that doesn't overwhelm me with percussion.

People quick to make fun of country music often cite the most extreme negative examples as representative of the entire genre. I agree that Kenny Chesney is among the worst out there today. Please don't mistake him for a prime example of country music.
Wow, I just heard this incredible country song. It sounded like it had been written about me. It told a story I can relate to, and it had a beautiful melody. I'll have to find out who played that steel guitar solo. Whoever it was, is a genius. This is what country music is all about.
by somebodyelsealtogether September 25, 2007
A genre of music that greatly appeals to rednecks.

ACTUAL Country Music Song Titles:

Cow Cow Boogie (Moo Moo My Love)
I Wish I Were A Woman (So I Could Go Out With A Guy Like Me)
I Was Looking Back to See If You Were Looking Back to See If I Was Looking Back to See if You Were Looking Back at Me
I Wanna Whip Your Cow.
I Want a Beer as Cold as My Ex-Wife's Heart
She Broke My Heart, I Broke Her Jaw


And there you have it. However, there are a select few good country songs.
Most country music makes me feel suicidal.
by Miranda March 06, 2005
(modern) a genre of music that originated in the south. This genre is very limited and not appreciated by musicians.

Instrumentation is almost the exact same throughout every band: includes - vocalist, acoustic guitars, electric guitars (and always a slide electric guitar), "fiddle," bass, and drums.

Country music appeals to people that do not attentively or actively engage in music; it is simply a background noise that drives away the silence.

Country Songs are very similar throughout various artists. They are extremely simplistic and repetitive. They are predictable and rely on short, annoying riffs to force people to “remember” and somehow “like” their song.

The musicians are very limited and rarely experiment. The definition of a solo in Country Music is usually a 5 second non-improvised fiddle melody. The guitarists thrive only on basic chords. The bassist only plays 2 or 3 notes the entire song and alternates between them on quarter notes. The drummer NEVER plays any more than 1 single rhythm throughout the entire song (usually bass drum hits on beats 1 and 3, the snare hits on 2 and 4, and an occasional crash on the cymbals).

The lyrics of country songs cover similar topics: women, divorce, drinking, breaking up, honky tonk. The lyrics are very simplistic and evoke no powerful meaning other the events of some evening after having to many beers.

Popularity is base on if:
1.) The lead singer is sexy.
2.) One of their songs mentions “honky tonk.”
3.) and oh... the lead singer is sexy.
4.) the band has produced “cool” music videos
5.) and oh... the lead singer is sexy.
6.) the name of their band, the art design and pictures inside of the CD case
7.) and oh... the lead singer is sexy.

The fan base of country music contains:
1.) Female teenagers
2.) Married women who wish they were married to Garth Brooks
3.) Men married to these women who have no other choice

All-in-all, Country Music is for the people who have no concept of musicality or musicianship, are very narrow-minded and do not see the world the way it is. It should be considered more of a form of music as entertainment rather than music as an art.
"Hey Murph, I done got me a john deere. I tell ya wha', its got one of dos fancy pants air con-ditioners in 'em. It also got one of dem radios so I can sit in here and listen to country music all day."
by jjoey November 04, 2007

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