Pop Goes The Country Vol. 11: Carl Perkins – “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)

Pop Goes The Country is an ongoing feature where I discuss country music’s biggest crossover hits. As previously mentioned, we’re in the rockabilly era of ‘Pop Goes The Country.’ Thus far, while we’ve discussed how certain country singers like Sonny James and Marty Robbins adapted nicely to this new trend, we’re now going to look… Continue reading Pop Goes The Country Vol. 11: Carl Perkins – “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)

The Best Hit Songs Of 1959

Since John Anderson had my favorite hit song of 1981 with “1959,” I figured we should rewind the clock to see what his soundtrack was for that particular year. 1959 is an example of country music being caught in the midst of it all – honky tonk, western, rockabilly and the Nashville Sound. In some… Continue reading The Best Hit Songs Of 1959

The Best Hit Songs Of 1973 (w/ Shore2Shore Country)

In a special turn of events, this edition of The Musical Divide’s “best hit songs” feature will feature a second opinion! This week, I’m joined by Nathan Kanuch of Shore2Shore Country to help count down what we believe are the best hit songs of 1973. As an aside, I will say that two songs on… Continue reading The Best Hit Songs Of 1973 (w/ Shore2Shore Country)

The Best Hit Songs Of 1968

It’s always interesting investigating earlier years in country music for these features. They’re easier to assemble than you may think, mostly because the best songs of the year were also the biggest hits (which is sadly an extinct concept today). Culturally, 1968 was a year that shattered American history. It was a year filled with… Continue reading The Best Hit Songs Of 1968

The Musical Divide’s Top 50 Songs Of 2018 (Part Two)

Part one can be found here. (Editor’s note – I don’t like inserting actual music videos for the audio portion of this, but this seems to be the only way to hear “Party Of One” on YouTube) No. 25 – Brandi Carlile, “Party Of One” With the way that piano sounds, you can almost just… Continue reading The Musical Divide’s Top 50 Songs Of 2018 (Part Two)