My Kind of Country

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

If I Were A Country Song…

The album, I Am ... Sasha Fierce, featuring If I Were A Boy

The album, I Am ... Sasha Fierce, featuring "If I Were A Boy"

First of all, I admit it. I’ve used this as a discussion topic before on the 9513 forums! Unfortunately, it didn’t get that much of a response there, so I decided to re-try it here, hopefully more people will see it here.

So I was listening to the song “If I Were A Boy” by Beyoncé, and I thought, “With tweaking, completely different production, and stuff like that, this would make a good country song!” (it was one of those random thoughts I tend to have with no warning.) The song has been a recent hit, even though it’s overshadowed by her other current single “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” (which is one of my favorite songs, but I doubt you guys would ever like it) that is currently at #1 on Billboard’s singles charts.

If you haven’t heard the song, it’s really a role-reversal song between the narrator and eventually her ex-lover. The narrator tells about the things she would do if she were a boy, but near the end, she reveals that her now ex-boyfriend is the one who had been treating her wrongly, who had been doing the things wrong in the first place! It’s a wonderful twist to a beautiful song, and it flows well, and the concept carries to the great music video where Beyoncé literally poses as her guy. The song has drama, it’s catchy, but still has meaning and is surprisingly not shallow.

Listening to the lyrics, I think the idea sounds creative enough for a country ballad. The pain the narrator is feeling is so evident in Beyoncé’s performance, and the lyrics themselves, although the production is bombastic. I could see it being sung by someone with a big voice, I think Carrie Underwood could nail it. It would be pop-country, but I think the concept is good enough for a great country song.

So here’s my question:

What non-country songs do you think would make good country songs?

Also what do you think of the song I picked? “If I Were A Boy” may not have been the best example, but it’s the first one that came to me. Yes, I am a big Beyoncé fan, please don’t make fun of me! (The song I used on the 9513 forums was “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan, FYI)

Discuss!

Video of “If I Were A Boy”

5 responses to “If I Were A Country Song…

  1. J.R. Journey December 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I remember this topic from the9513 forum and I thought it was a great discussion then … I still think Cher’s ‘Just Like Jesse James’ is a great example of a song that could have been country. And it doesn’t need any re-tooling with instrumentation or to be recorded by a Nashville diva for a southern girl’s interpretation.

    And strange as it sounds, I think a lot of the songs recorded by boy bands like * N Sync and the Backstreet Boys would play out well on today’s country radio (they would fit the format anyway), with just a few minor tweaks.

  2. Chad December 19, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Maybe this is cheating since its a bonus track on Sugarland’s new cd, but Matt Nathanson’s “Come On Get Higher” fits great on country radio.

  3. lanibug December 22, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I have always thought that many of Jim Steiman songs would make great country songs — I think it has to do with the fact that they are stories, and songs with a story always seem to make a great country song –

  4. Billy December 22, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Love Remains the Same by Gavin Rossdale could be a good country song. Just add some guitars and steel, and then you got it. It has country like themes, and the voice could easily sound country.

    And gross, I hate If I Were A Boy. The song is just too melodramatic. IMO.

  5. CF December 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” would do good, but I think the desire to over-do it, would be too much for some. I’d love to hear a veteran take hold of it, like Patty Loveless. Make it a mountain tune. Would already go with the fiddle lol.

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