Year In Review: 12 Songs That Made 2011 A Special Year For Country Music (page 8)

Welcome back, Martina...she shows up twice in this list. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Welcome back, Martina…she shows up twice in this list. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jason Aldean[/lastfm] – “Dirt Road Anthem” (Broken Bow)

Forgive me…but I can’t believe how much dust Jason Aldean stirred up with this song.

Some longtime Country fans thought the world was coming to an end…

…because…there’s rapping in the song?

Like it’s never happened before!

Truth is, Hip-Hop and Rap have been a part of the musical landscape for three decades. It was inevitable that those styles would find their way to Nashville.

Now in all fairness to those who rent their garments when “Dirt Road Anthem” came out…the song style is more a Country/Rap hybrid than anything that came before, at least as a viable hit song.

But enough people embraced it that “Anthem” became a Number One song. Even many of its detractors have come around and are now fans.

I think “Dirt Road Anthem”‘s success reflects people’s diversity in musical tastes. People today embrace many styles of music…just look at any iPod.

And pushing the boundaries has been good for Jason Aldean. It’s made him a superstar.

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