This is terrifyingly (and hilariously) accurate!

Following is a mindblowing video showing how six recent bro-country hits ALL SOUND EXACTLY THE SAME.

In addition, the lyrics almost always involve a scantily dressed country girl (always named “Girl” and always dressed in cutoff jeans, daisy dukes, or tight ripped jeans), beer, a river or body of water, moonlight, a pickup truck with the tailgate down, more beer, said girl dancing on the tailgate, a horny guy, and enough beer to refill the aforementioned body of water should it dry up. It’s always summer and the radio is always on.

There’s some variety though: in a few bro country songs lots of mud is involved. Or even homemade wine standing in for the beer. A few have a slight hip hop influence. But the musical formula never changes. Ever.

For the best experience, maximize your screen to watch the video. Watch the black bar moving to the right across the screen through segments showing the exact locations of the intros, verses, transitions, guitar solos, 1st and 2nd chorus, bridges/breakdowns (I call this the “quiet before the storm”), drum explosions in the final chorus outre, the final woah woahs, etc. There’s barely any variation in their placement! This is as fascinating to watch as to listen to. It’s awesome. I could watch this 100 times. I kid you not. *

The formula is so generic and sounds so similar to most commercial pop rock of about 5 and more years ago (Nickelback, The Fray, Daughtry, 3 Doors Down, and many others) that I bet a mashup could be done mixing some of those older pop-rock songs with today’s bro-country you’d see no difference in the timed graphs in the video!


Credit: created by Gregory Todd aka Sir Mashalot, and for updates on his next video and mp3 of this song, he can be found at https://www.facebook.com/sirmashalot.gregorytodd

These songs are all ridiculously catchy even if you hate this genre. Bro country is barely country at all–it’s formulaic pop-rock with a banjo and a twang.

For more about the phenomenon (or scourge) of bro-country, read this article.

* My guilty little secret is I like bro country I like Lady Gaga.

17 thoughts on “This is terrifyingly (and hilariously) accurate!

    • All 6 the outre choruses came together at once! The outre chorus actually sounds great–this is a very good example of the sum being much greater than its parts! 😀

      Someone should market this mashup and sell it on iTunes. Someone probably already has.

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        • Hey, good idea! Maybe U2 or REM though for me. Or going farther back, some Elvis Costello or Talking Heads or Bon Jovi (well, they were pretty formalic too but whatever).

          Even in the 70s, they used the SAME DAMN FORMULA! The same exact stucture of intro, first verse, first verse (B), chorus, transition, second verse, breakdown/quiet bridge, explosive drums starting the outre chorus that either faded out (which was common until sometime in the 80s) or had a more definite end like today. Listen to some Boston or Eagles or most of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits (which were awesome). Or even going back to the early 1970s–Bread’s “Everything I Own” used this exact structure too. It must be the Illuminati. 😮

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          • I’m not a country music fan at all. It’s a nails on the chalk board sound for me. Elvis Costello is one of my favorite artists. “Watching the Detectives” was the first music video I ever saw, and that was 1978!

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  1. Elvis Costello was amazing and one of my favorite artists of the late 70s/early-mid 80s. I was a teenager during the punk/new wave era just before it exploded and then infiltrated pop music in the 80s. I was also living with my single mother in NYC at the time so one of the most awesome things about that was being able to access downtown NY and the East Village and get involved in its culture and music. Good times, amazing music, fascinating (and a lot really disturbed!) people too. I should write a post about this.

    I used to hate country music but my 21 daughter who loves it and plays it all the time kind of got me into some of it. It’s a guilty pleasure. I’d still much rather listen to my rock music than any country though.

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  2. Just for comparison, here are two very popular pop rock songs from the 1970s:
    Boston “More Than A Feeling: (1976):

    Bread: “Everything I Own” (1972)

    There are plenty of more recent examples, but these songs show just how long this same formula has existed. It probably existed before then–most bubblegum pop of the 60s had this same formula, I think. When did this formula actually start?

    Both these songs have the same structure of as the 6 bro country songs, which is amazing. (If the Bread song came out now and had lyrics about a hot girl and a pickup truck, it would go straight to country radio).

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    • I agree it really started going downhill in the late 90s. It was the end of rock as we knew it. Everything frm then on has been a variation of pop, commercial pop-rock, EDM, r&b and hip hop, and now bro country. On the edges though, there are some good current rock and pop outfits that don’t get a lot of (or any) radio airplay but are just amazing and very creative, something you don’t see much of in most pop music today. I’ve posted a few videos here and there of newer artists who are actually artistic.

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  3. Huh… very interesting.

    I’ve written a few songs. Now I’m going to have to take a look at them and see if there are any patterns. Off the top of my head, I don’t think so. One is a rap song, a couple are blues/jazzy numbers, one is a Christmas carol, one is a southern-style gospel hymn, and a couple are soft pop songs like Doris Day used to sing.

    I’m eclectic when it comes to music. Music moves me, baby. 😀

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