My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve…

The single cover

The single cover

Since this is a new blog, this will be the only discussion for a while since I’m sure we don’t have any readers yet. Apparently people think I’m good at discussion topics, so here’s one that I think is relevant for the end of the year, since it is December already.

I would like to know what country single this year you think should have been a hit, or a bigger hit, depending on the single, and why you think it deserved (or deserves if it’s still on the charts) to be a hit.

For me? From the picture it’s obvious I have chosen “This Is Me You’re Talking To” by Trisha Yearwood. When I first got her album (The stellar Heaven, Heartache, And The Power Of Love, buy it!) on a whim, I wasn’t big into ballads, but later on this song caught me. The arrangement is mostly piano, with other country elements thrown in, but the piano and Trisha stay front and center. Then it hits the chorus, and Trisha just soars. How divine.

It has emotion, sounds great, and Trisha just hits you with that huge voice of hers, but it doesn’t sound like shouting, just amazing singing. This song only got to #25 on the country charts earlier this year, and like the other two singles from the album, it deserved to go higher, but radio apparently disagreed.

Anyway, tell me which singles you think deserved better and why.

Here’s the music video:

16 responses to “Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve…

  1. jrjourney December 10, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Couldn’t agree more about this single. I would also add Trisha’s follow-up to ths one, ‘They Call It Fallin’ For A Reason’, a song I think should have made it to #1 and parked itself there for a few weeks. The ignoring of Trisha (ignorance is not bliss) is the biggest crime country radio has committed IMO. Yes, even more serious than allowing ‘Bob That Head’ to chart as high as #15. Mind-blowing.

  2. Leeann Ward December 10, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I’m sad that Miranda Lambert’s “More Like Her” isn’t a big hit.

  3. Leeann Ward December 10, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Actually, I wish “They Call It Falling For A Reason” had been a big hit too.

  4. Meg December 11, 2008 at 12:05 am

    This really was a great song, but I don’t think the video probably helped it. Trisha does an incredible job in the video but “what’s his name” looks ridiculous while he’s “directing”. Whoever directed the video did a horrible job of coaching him! Don’t get me wrong, he’s usually a great actor and totally cute :-). Just a lousy “director”!

    Great blog guys!

  5. sheldon December 11, 2008 at 12:08 am

    O.K – I know I talk WAY too much about Dolly, but she’s the reason I love Jones, Wynette, Gosdin, Loretta, Conlee, Haggard and so many others – she caught my eye in seventh grade, and I have been a big fan ever since – through her bombs – and triumphs, I have bought every one of her albums… (front-racked her better than any merchandiser…she’s been #1 at my local walmart thanks to me replacing “Backwoods Barbie” with whoever happens to rightfully hold the spot…I know, borderline nuts, but I just want everyone else to see her huge talent (yes, I was gonna say talent) – So thats me, a relatively normal 33-year old dude from Ontario, Canada who loves Dolly and all the other greats from the 70s and 80s (and quite a few from the 90s and 00s). A lot of my posts on “Country Universe” promotes Dolly, and will here as well…I don’t think everything she does is hunky-dory…I hate when she whispers in her songs, and I hate when she tries to hard to be “cute”, but when she nails it, there is no one like her.

    On to the original question…
    Was going to say “Last Call” should have gone higher, but it looks like the radio gods are smiling on Ms Womack…good for her…
    So, I will pick “Jesus and Gravity” – Dolly sung it on the hottest show in America, “American Idol”, exposed to millions of non-country fans – Her fans from were armed and ready to call and email their local (and not-so-local, heh heh…) radio stations, and it seemed as though Dolly might have a chance at a moderate hit…radio thought otherwise. It may have been too much choir on the song – who knows. Whatever it was, the single tanked. Dolly did a slew of radio station visits – and the whole place, from the DJ to the cleaning man would line up, gawk and get a picture, but they wouldn’t play the damn song. I’m not saying it should have roared up to #1, but would a top 30 be asking too much?
    I read somewhere where 99% of the world LOVES Dolly – the other 1% are radio programmers…

  6. Rainbow December 11, 2008 at 12:08 am

    LeAnn Rimes’ “What I Cannot Change”, which I spoke of in my review of “Family”, didn’t even chart. It’s things like these that make me lose faith in mankind.

    Sheldon, I couldn’t agree more. Dolly deserves a hit. Now.

  7. Steve from Boston December 11, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Going back to ’05, (the year I grew up and woke up to the fact that it is possible to be “too Country for country” radio and tv)

    I think Patty Loveless’ Keep Your Distance” the song and the video, deserved far more air play than it recieved.

    Patty’s “mountain rock” song was the best single of that year, in my opinion. The only other ’05 single that that came close to that real mountain sound I love so much was Sara Evans’ Coalmine…which was equally and unjustly neglected.

    Great site guys!

  8. Jordan Stacey December 11, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Hmm there were a couple from this year and I don’t want to repeat any so I guess I’ll go with “Sweet & Wild” by Dierks Bentley & Sarah Buxton. It is probably the coolest song Diekrs has yet to record and Sarah’s voice sounded amazing with his. I’m happy that it charted in the very least.

  9. chris36 December 11, 2008 at 5:24 am

    I never heard that one Jordan! I’ll have to look that one up…

  10. vp December 11, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I’m thinknig Miranda’s “More Like Her”, should have done way better. If people who really appreciated good country music were picking the songs played, it had a good chance to whay I believe to be her first #1, it is more than deserving. I am still rooting for it to move up some more.

    Great job with the site. Congrats

  11. CF December 11, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Ah man, there are so many I could list. Just give me an artist and I’ll name off a long list (well, Loveless is definitely like #1 in that area lol).

    Definitely Trisha’s “They Call It Falling for a Reason”. I played that song so many times even before it was a single, and it jus might be my favorite from that album.

    Of course, Patty’s “Keep Your Distance”. I actually had hope with that one.

  12. Matt B. December 12, 2008 at 12:41 am

    “Sweet And Wild” was never an official single.

  13. BIG KISS December 12, 2008 at 9:05 am

    I know that the tendency to talk up one particular artist is often a problem in Country music circles, but Jamey Johnson’s “In Color” should have been a number one song and would have been if a more “established” artist had put that song out. If he had given that song to George or Trace the way he did with “Give it Away” and “Ladies Love Country Boys” the song would have gone to #1.

    I respect the fact that country music typically makes artists earn their stripes, but with an influx of new artists at the top of the charts, what was keeping Jamie out?

  14. jrjourney December 12, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Actually, Big Kiss, Jamey Johnson’s ‘In Color’ is in the top 10 this week.

  15. chris36 December 13, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I thought of another one, a lesser known song: “’73” by Jennifer Hanson. It’s a sparse guitar song of Jennifer’s parents who had a divorce here’s the video:

    The song didn’t even make it on the charts, which was terrible.

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