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6-song mashup shows how every pop-country hit is the same

It's still pretty damn catchy.


Cooper Fleishman

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 8, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 7:46 pm CDT

We already know every pop-country single is about the exact same thing—driving a pickup truck down old dirt roads to the riverbank, a girl sliding her sugar-shaker into that shotgun seat, a six-pack of that “good stuff,” and one phrase that makes the magic happen: “Hey, girl.”

For the aspiring music theorists who want an excuse to rip on the genre, there’s an impressive mashup on YouTube that splices together not two, but six pop-country hits, including tracks by Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Chase Rice, and Florida Georgia Line. They’re all reliant on the same chord progression, something like F to C to G (or IV-I-V), and the choruses are nearly identical. By the end of the song, playing all six tracks at once sounds audibly seamless. It’s very catchy!

The complete track list:

  • “Sure Be Cool if You Did,” by Blake Shelton 
  • “Drunk on You,” by Luke Bryan 
  • “Chillin’ It,” by Cole Swindell 
  • “Close Your Eyes,” by Parmalee 
  • “This Is How We Roll,” by Florida Georgia Line 
  • “Ready, Set, Roll,” by Chase Rice

Writes our ProTools expert Sir Mashalot:

I am an aspiring songwriter in Nashville who can’t seem to get a bite from the “gate keepers”. So, as my next experiment, I am working on a song specifically intended to become the 7th addition to this mashup formula. I figure at the very least, they won’t be able to say it doesn’t sound like a hit! :)

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*First Published: Jan 8, 2015, 6:17 pm CST