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28 Reasons Why Country Music Is Awesome!

Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Try It You Might Like It

Are you a fan of country music? If your response is "Heck no" I hope this article changes your mind. Please consider being open-minded when reading my reasons.

Some reasons might not make much sense unless you are familiar with country tunes, but I hope they tempt you to watch some of the videos I posted.

You just might enjoy an entire new genre of music and you might thank me one day. You might also never speak to me again, but that's OK, at least you tried to expand your music library.

You either like or dislike hillbilly hits. I suggest you give the country music of today a try. The twangy tunes have changed over the years. It's not as sad and depressing as you might believe. You might actually have a good time and want to consider jamming to it every day.

The old-time fans either aren't pleased with the change or they molded into the new country pop. I never had to mold because I easily feel in awe with modern country artists of today. I also appreciate the country music superstars of yesterday.

I enjoy the good ole tunes of the past, but I love the hits of the past 15 years more. My journey with being a fan of country music began with Tim McGraw. His songs roped me in. I was in the closet for a few years, but I eventually was brave enough to come out and say "I love country music!"

I have since convinced others to join me on the country music rodeo ride. I never looked back and neither have they. Trust me when I say I never thought some of my family and friends who now enjoy country music would ever, ever listen to it.

They realized that you could appreciate a multitude of musical tunes and experience a whole new world of musical talents.

If after you read my reasons you feel that I convinced you, please leave a YEE-HAW in the comment section below!

For now kick back and enjoy the ride.

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw

28 Reasons to Love Country Music

  1. There are many ideas for the use of a red solo cup. Toby Keith shares some suggestions.
  2. When sung backwards everything you lost comes back. When sung forwards you get lost in the melody and never want the song to end.
  3. Plenty of ideas for activities on a rainy day. Or you could listen to many rainy day songs on a rainy day.
  4. You could get a buzz just from listening to the many country songs about alcohol, drinking and bar brawls.
  5. You burn calories from hootin', hollerin' and stompin'.
  6. Ideas for unique ways to dump your mate or reasons why you dumped your mate.
  7. If you are considering the purchase of a pick-up truck country music songs have many suggestions.
  8. You could learn how to be more patriotic and how to kick someone's ass who messes with the good ole US of A!
  9. Tips on Nascar, racing cars, hunting, fishing and tending to a farm.
  10. There are many suggestions on how you could tell your boss that he could take that job and shove it.
  11. Many suggestions for beach bums, such as toes in the water and country girls shaking it.
  12. Ideas on how to escape reality. We all need to escape once in a while.
  13. You could learn to count up to ten with Jose Cuervo.
  14. The songs remind us why we should appreciate family and friends. Also how to live like we were dying.
Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney

15. What to do when having issues with a cowboy casanova who is candy-coated misery! He messed with the wrong girl!

16. To be thankful for the small things in life such as where the green grass grows and where the blacktop ends.

17. Country music songs are stories that we could all relate to in one way or another. They could help guide us, offer comfort or give us the strength to move forward.

18. Makes us realize that Nashville, honky tonks and boondocks are places we all want to visit!

19. That you could look darn good in Frye boots, a Stetson hat and a pair of wranglers!

20. You could acquire some tips on how to ride and rope at a rodeo!

21. Could make you consider saving a horse and riding a cowboy!

22. Who would have thought a tractor and farm equipment would be considered sexy? Country music might make you think they are!

23. Cowboys are more than just a dude with a hat. They are hardworking, honest folk.

24. Who to consider putting in a song while driving in your car and turning it up loud!

25. Many ideas for summertime activities. Water, Ticks, Flowers are just some songs!

26. That you could be a black bird or a songbird, but you better believe "You Gonna Fly!

27. When you are ready to let go and pass the wheel to Jesus, these songs could offer guidance.

28. We could learn from a Wild One, such as a Mississippi girl when to breathe and when it's the right time for that kiss!

Keith Urban - You Gonna Fly!

Carrie Underwood - Jesus Take The Wheel

Faith Hill - Breathe

Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying

Kenny Chesney - Reality

© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

Can I get a YEE-HAW?

Eliza on April 02, 2019:

I have ten favorite country songs and they are in order 2 dozen roses, roller coaster, sunrise, sunburn, sunset, arlington, still a soldier, from the ground up, sixteen, hurricane, most people are good, and fishing in the dark.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 22, 2018:

Hi Larry! What is not to love about country music? :)

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on April 20, 2018:

I love country music with a passion, Linda.I grew up a country boy and loved listening to Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, and all of the favorites. It is so rewarding to see newcomers coming on the scene every year.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 09, 2015:

Hi Vista, It is always a pleasure meeting a fellow country music fan! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Tiana Dreymor from Columbus, OH on May 07, 2015:

YeeHaw! I've loved Country Music twice as long as you have... Check out my hub page... This Country's Bigger Than Texas! ...but I'm now in my second Teenhood...

I lived 7 years in Nashville...like a permanent vacation! I have met/interviewed/had photos taken with upwards of 40 entertainers, which will be profiled into a book, Out Among The Stars...eventually. At present, I am putting some of it together for a hub, but not done yet.

I also have a couple hub articles on my hero, Kris Kristofferson!!!!

Thanks for loving Country! You can make a believer out of some of those haters...!!!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 30, 2015:

Way to go, Crow! I appreciate you sharing your perspective. I do agree that country music has changed, not for the better, but in a different direction...pop country is good, classic country is better. Craig Morgan is awesome!

Crow on June 17, 2014:

I think u might not fully understand country music and how great it used to be. I'm 15 but the most mature person I know my age. The old way of life was great. My life is great now but if I had a choice to go back I would trash this life and hit the past with no memory of this life. Listen to almost home my Craig Morgan. Great song. This world we live in today is overrun with technology. U can't even know ur neighbors hardly today and I live in a small town. I want to have fun, and I try to stay away from any video games cause once I play one u lose the sense that u live in the real world. U don't see a reason to talk to others and country isn't just a music genre. It's a way of life, a style of thinking. It's realizing u need a life and go getting one. It's having fun with actual people and not ur phone, drinkin a beer with friends, realizing when to be serious or when to joke. It's fixing the world one step at a time.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 09, 2014:

Excellent hub and very enjoyable videos!

I love country music, though in India it is slightly different. But music has no knowledge, as they say. It appeals to the senses.

Enjoyed your article, voted up!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 06, 2013:

D, Mike and Meade...Thanks y'all for sharing your thoughts on country music!

Meade on March 14, 2013:

I'm from Virginia , so its natural I should love Country music. George Strait and Patsy Cline are my favorites. I also love early 1990s Country music. I don't really like the newer stuff as much. Far too commercial and sort of sounding more like Rock music. But I do enjoy the classics.

Mike Robbers from London on February 12, 2013:

I admit I'm no expert on country music; in fact, I know next to nothing :(

Nevertheless, you sound convincing :) Thanks for the introduction to this musical genre!

D. Juris-stetser on December 01, 2012:

Whoa!!! Talk about a wake-up call. Sunshine, the selections you've posted have kind of struck a chord.....Especially Tim McGraw. Live Life like you're Dying! and Faith Hill, and I actually liked them....I'm a Philly girl, and it's always been Rock, Metal, Jazz, Classical...never got a taste for the 'older' country/western but I reallylike what you've introduced me to in this! Voted Up, Awesome, Interesting, Useful, and the whole thing Beautifully put together. Thank you for teaching me I had a pretty closed-mind attitude without dipping my toes in first!!! Oh, yeah, sharing too. I can't believe this...I'm saving it to my Favorite stuff too! LOL Thanks so much

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 22, 2012:

Hi Michelle, I agree Garth Brooks and Chris Cagle are amazingly awesome! :)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 22, 2012:

Hi Mary, I also like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Reba. I visited the Dollywood Theme Park in Pideon Forge, TN a few years ago, it was a fun adventure. If you haven't been I recommend the trip.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 22, 2012:

I love country! Grew up listening to Dolly. Still love "I will always love you". And Garth Brooks is great! Love Chris Cagle too. And am drawn to nos.17 and 27! Shared and tweeted!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 22, 2012:

I grew up on country music. I don't care for the modern stuff, though. I always loved Johnny Cash (saw him in person), of course Dolly Parton and Reba and the Coal Miner's Daughter!

I voted this UP, and shared.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 22, 2012:

Hi Richard, I still listen to the oldies and I agree country music today seems like it's going back to the redneck rock n roll days. Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley can really rock! :)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 22, 2012:

Yeehaw right back at ya GF! Thank you for the visit!:)

Rich from Kentucky on September 22, 2012:

Actually, much of country music today resembles the Country Rock genre of the 70's, when The Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Feat, ZZ Top, Allman Brothers, Barefoot, Jerry, and many more were kickin' it strong. I do miss some of the legends, such as Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, and even Conway Twitty upon occasion. Still, on most days, I'm still a rocker. Btw, doesn't Trace Adkins say that Country music songs are about life? Anyway, let me find my horse and hitch him up to the pickup so I can go get drunk thinkin' about the girl that left me while my dog goes and get hit by a train. Great Job! : )

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 22, 2012:

Yee-Haw... Happy Fall, girlfriend!

This is awesome... Voted UP & ABI... Love, Maria

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 09, 2012:

Thank you Scott, I'm glad you enjoyed it!:)

scott2178 on May 09, 2012:

this is a great article! : )

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 08, 2012:

Hi Steph! Once Red Solo Cup enters my head it stays there for awhile, but I don't mind it. I enjoy the oldies as well as the youngens. I'm glad I found another country music fan! Thank you!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 08, 2012:

Way to go Deb with the Yeehaw!! :)

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 29, 2012:

I've been a fan of country music for many years and have to say that the old timers like Johnny, Dolly and the Statler Brothers are still my favorites. But I do love some of the newer singers on the scene and get a kick out of the fun songs like "Red Solo Cut" that just appeal to everyone. Country songs appeal to just about every emotion from patriotism to love, to revenge to joy...a reflection of life! Thanks for a fun hub!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on April 29, 2012:

Yeehaw! : ) You'll convert me yet.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 28, 2012:

I hope you stayed long enough to watch some videos Deb! Can I get a yeehaw?!?

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on April 28, 2012:

I must admit, I'm not much of a fan, but your cowgirl picture was so cute I had to check out your reasons. : )

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 28, 2012:

Hi Made! I like your taste in country tunes! Your favorites happen to be mine also. From Florida to Finland country music keeps us connected!:)

Hi Martie, Nooooo you need to listen to modern country! The old country hits could have depressed you, but the modern songs will make you laugh, sing along and dance the night away! Try it and keep me posted! Thank you for the compliment!:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 28, 2012:

Daisy...I also compose country songs on the spot! It's easy to do, but will never make it to a top hit! Keep on singing Patrick!:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 28, 2012:

Aya, Red Solo Cup...Proceed to party! Great song!!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 28, 2012:

Linda, I love your 28 reasons to love Country music, especially #2 - When sung backwards everything you lost comes back.

Country was my favorites in the '70-'80's, but fell as a priority when I realized it intensified my depression. I still have many favorite C&W songs, but enjoying them quite selectively with songs that can keep me in a positive mood.

With music we can control our moods very successful - it is so much healthier than anti-depressants and all kinds of artificial mood stabilizers.

Voted up and entertaining :)

BTW - You look quite sexy in your country outfit :)

Madeleine Salin from Finland on April 28, 2012:

Even if I live in Finland, I can feel a connection to the country songs. Maybe it's because I grew up in the countryside. I listened to Faith Hill and Garth Brooks in the 90's. During my years in Stockholm I felt like country music didn't fit in my lifestyle. I think I just listened to Shania Twain back then and I saw here live on a concert in Stockholm 2004. When I moved back to Finland and to the countryside I started listening to country music again. Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Carrie Underwood and many more are great country singers. I love country music and your hub is awesome!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 28, 2012:

I thought I had read this one...oh well...I agree completely and loved your list of reasons...in the end it's the music that holds me...so honest, so full of meaning and so alive! Great hub!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on April 28, 2012:

Sunshine,

I love the photo of you at the top of your hub! It's great!

What a fun list you've compiled!

My boyfriend likes to sing country songs while driving in our car, songs he composes on the spot. I'm glad that he forgets the lyrics by the time we reach our destination.

Aya Katz from The Ozarks on April 28, 2012:

That "Red Solo Cup" sure is catchy!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on March 20, 2012:

Howdy Sandi and Sally! I appreciate y'all stopping by and sharing some love with country music. C&W tunes could always turn a frown upside down for me! Thank you!:)

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on February 25, 2012:

Love the 28 reasons. Mostly, I just love country music for the day-to-day pictures of American life the songs portray. Also for how wrecking my 18-wheeler and losing my dog in the same day is a metaphor for life's love lost. It's such a great genre.

Sandi from Greenfield, Wisconsin on February 25, 2012:

This is a great hub, Linda. I just love country music, line dancing and cowboys:) Loved the videos!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on February 23, 2012:

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Mythicalstorm273

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Thank you all for the howdy and your witty comments! Country music rocks!!

Jeff from Where ever the road takes me.... on February 09, 2012:

Country rocks!!!.....Thanks for the great hub!

mythicalstorm273 on February 07, 2012:

I love country music and this is just too funny and yet too true! Very creative reasons to love Country music as well :-) Awesome job!

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on February 01, 2012:

heck, yeah...i love Country Songs...so natural...great hub Sunshine...

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 31, 2012:

YeeHaw right back at ya Effer!!! I knew we were BFF's for a reason!:)

Kim, well said! They will talk about every subject except one that I'm aware of. Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley are cowboys right down to their boots.

Thank you both for sharing:)

Kim Cantrell from Deep In The Pages of a Book on January 31, 2012:

I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC! Like Brad Paisley says, nobody else (other genres) is willing to talk about cancer or Jesus or honor our guys and gals fighting on the front lines - and, by golly, those are IMPORTANT issues!

As Jason Aldean says, "That's the way she was born and raised, she ain't afraid to stay country." That'd be me! :)

Suzie from Carson City on January 31, 2012:

I need no convincing at all. I like CM very much. I have my favorite artists too. I especially like CM while driving. If it's not a "heartbreaker" song....it's always a happy and lively tune. Keeps me awake and happy! Great Hub SS!! YeeHAW!!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 30, 2012:

Thank you Thomas, drbj and KF Raizor for your comemnts and points of view on loving country music! I appreciate y'all :)

KF Raizor on January 30, 2012:

100% with you, drbj. This modern stuff isn't country, it's rock sung with a twang. Still, I give this hub a funny vote for combining modern rock/pop "country" music with the stereotypes affiliated with country music 40 years ago.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 30, 2012:

Have to admit, Linda, that I liked country music better before "Achy Breaky Heart' made the scene. Now I'm much more selective in my choices. :)

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on January 30, 2012:

Linda...

Previous to this article my interests extended to Johnny Cash and "Southern" rock bands...of the Lynard Skynard, Outlaws, and Marshal Tucker variety.

It would be cool to sing backwards and find all my stuff though...

Thanks!

Thomas

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 30, 2012:

Thank you Veronica! I had some fun with the reasons:)

Yay Tammy love me some ZBB! They alone are a reason to love country music!:)

Alocsin, absolutely!!!!

Thanks y'all!:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 30, 2012:

Hi George, The Amphitheater is a popular place for country concerts and even more popular now that Seminole Hard Rock Casino is just a hoot and holler away!

Hi Athena! Kenny Chesney knows we need to escape Reality once in a while:)

Thanks for your comments and votes!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 30, 2012:

How about it just sounds good! Voting this Up and Awesome.

Tammy from North Carolina on January 30, 2012:

Yeahhaw! I dabble in country music because I love Cowboys. Country music has produced some of the hottest men alive. I LOVE Mumford and Sons, Zac Brown, and the classics like Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba, George Straight, and Emmylou Harris. I take my hat off to you.. Well done!

Jennifer Essary from Idaho on January 30, 2012:

I grew up listening to it and then hated it for a number of years. Recently I've become big fans of Jason Aldean, Zac Brown, and Luke Bryan. I love all sorts of music. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Voted up!

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on January 30, 2012:

YEEE HAAAW!

Love the music & love your hub! I like that you incorporated song titles & lyrics into the reasons! Very clever, Sunshine! ;)

Voted up & awesome, & shared!

athena2011 from Beachfront - In My Dreams:) on January 30, 2012:

Kenny Chesney all the way. I love country music. Voted your hub Funny. I loved it.

American View from Plano, Texas on January 30, 2012:

I love country music, my second favorite. When I lived in Ocala, I saw a lot of country concerts in Tampa at the Amphitheater. A good venue for concerts. Vote up and awesome

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 30, 2012:

Stclairjack, I'm glad you stuck around and read the article and enjoyed it. Thank you for your comment!

Hi Debbie, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw ... pure country bliss. I would so like to hang out with them. Not in a stalker way, in an invite way!:)

Hi Yvonne, Reason #2 has been around for years, but I had to add it since it's everyone's favorite!:)

Come back again y'all!!!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 30, 2012:

Woohoo Alecia! I like your Yee-Haw!!!

Hi Ardie, Yes your comment makes total sense! CM songs are well-told stories:)

Sue Pr, We have a lot of country music memories!

Thanks y'all for stopping by!

Yvonne Spence from UK on January 30, 2012:

I love your reason number 2!!

I grew up with country music, and I like some of it, but I also dislike a lot. Not too keen on the “My baby left me and my dog’s died and I’m so lonesome,” variety, but I do like that one that starts “Busted flat in Baton Rouge…” Bobby McGee? Can’t remember who sang it though.

Yeehaw.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 30, 2012:

faith hill is my favorite.. i grew up on country songs.. love your hub. thank you for posting. voted up sweet friend.

debbie

SUE PR on January 30, 2012:

YEE-HAW.. WELL I ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN A COUNTRY MUSIC FAN FOR MANY YEARS.. TOO MANY TO EVEN REMEMBER,, WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG, MY PARENTS ACTUALLY LISTENED TO THE GRAND-OLE-OPRY LIVE ON THE RADIO AND US KIDDOS DID ALSO.. WE LOVED IT.. I KNOW COUNTRY HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS SO MANY YOUNGER PEOPLE SUCH AS TOTS TO TEENS TO THE ELDER LOVE IT.. THANKS FOR SHARING ANOTHER GREAT HUB WITH US.. IM A TRUE COUNTRY GAL THROUGH IN THROUGH TO THE BOOTS TO THE HAT TO THE SPURS... AND YES , EVEN THE HORSE, WELL USE TO BE THE HORSE, BUT THAT IS ANOTHER STORY.. JUST THANKS

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 30, 2012:

I think Country music of recent is awesome. Like all genres, they grow and evolve and I think Country has embraced that in the best possible way. Of course there are always old timers who think Country music should stay one way but it wouldn't reflect the changing times or cultural norms as well if it was all like Hank Sr. and Patsy Cline. This gets a big Yee Haw from me!