The 10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music

Categories: douchebaggery

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By: Mike Seely
Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate
every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damaging sub-genre -- known as bro-country" -- is lending it far too much credibility right now.

Booze, chicks, jacked-up pickups, extreme redneck sports, spring break -- artists like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and even Blake Shelton are leaning way too heavily on such
themes 
in their music these days, and the entire trope can be summed up in one
word: douchey. Yet bro-country isn't the only brand of 'baggery currently afflicting Nashville. No, douchebags are a diverse lot, and here are the 10 biggest 'bags currently cranking out (s)hits in Music City today:

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Toby Keith
10. Toby Keith
Drinking has long been fertile fodder for country songs. But for Keith, who's devoted entire
concept albums to the topic, it's too often the only fodder. His lyrical over-reliance on the bottle is at least partially responsible for spawning bro-country, and Keith also bears a heavy burden for souring the Dixie Chicks on country radio (and vice versa), a setback from which Nashville's female insurgency is only now recovering.

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Charles Kelley
9. Charles Kelley
He seems like a sweet, goofy guy, but sounds like supremo-'bag Michael Bolton, and is in a trio with "Lady" in its name. There's no place for the sort of soft-rock sheen Kelley brings to twang's table; it's high time Hillary Scott ditched the dudes and made Lady Antebellum all about the Lady.

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Dan + Shay
8. Dan + Shay
This douchey duo is managed by Belieber-in-Chief Scooter Braun. That's the only argument we need.

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Chris Gaines/Garth Brooks
7. Garth Brooks
Brooks admirably took a decade off in his prime to focus on his family, but we still can't get the Chris Gaines debacle out of our head, nor can we entirely dismiss it as the reason for Brooks's "retirement" in the first place.


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Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

Why is it 69% of personal profiles lists Music preferences as "..anything except country"?

Robert Link
Robert Link

#friends #inlowplaces You try bringing modern entertainment to the semi-literate...oh, wait, you do.

Monty Parfitt
Monty Parfitt

If you really don't like it that much change the radio station

bill_essex
bill_essex

The biggest D-bag has to be this author. His work is obsessed with it. I doubt he knows any of the people he's hanging it on but, he knows D-baggery intimately.

Hayley Lamond Tice
Hayley Lamond Tice

Georgina Pinto how do you like this article, I thought Luke was your guy?

Stephanie Gray
Stephanie Gray

Or just took a queue from the LA weekly atrocity that was posted a few weeks ago with the same title and content

James Boyle
James Boyle

Why are you guys complaining about rappers? They already have a reputation. Your responses are invalid.

Nicholas Michael
Nicholas Michael

Because talking about strippers, drugs, and multiple girlfriends don't make you a "douche bag"

Nancy Perez
Nancy Perez

So true, but I still love country (real country, not the crap they currently have on the radio now) over any other music.

Mike MacDuffee
Mike MacDuffee

TYL: Country music is exactly the same as rap music both lyrically and musically with subtle differences: Instead of gaudy expensive jewelry, cars, and clothes it's trucks, tractors, and boots/hats/belt buckles. Instead of ghetto hos, it's redneck women. Instead of weed and drugs, it's shitty american beer and Jack Daniels. Instead of rhythmic speaking lyrics, it's sung (although much rap includes R&B). Both are usually over emotional surface 'in the moment' types of music. Usually never deep or overly metaphorical or intelligent content. etc etc

David Wohl
David Wohl

And rappers?? Sleezbag, misogynistic criminals. Oh wait, it's not PC to talk about them! You're a joke, OC weekly. Unfollowed.

Brandi Doty
Brandi Doty

Pathetic!!! We aren't talking about dead dogs. Talking about drinking beer!!! If you don't like it don't freakin listen to it!!! Lmfao judge mental asses!!!

Dennis Sam S
Dennis Sam S

Someone took the time to research this garbage? The number douchebag is the author.

Hill Bear Toe
Hill Bear Toe

hey commenters: criticism of rappers its constant! learn to walk and chew gum

Sheila Rocks
Sheila Rocks

Lol im laughing at everyone who's falling over about this...."Say it ain't so!!!!!" LOL

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

Country music is one big shitstain..All the videos are about somebody's dead dog or wife cheating on them, and they're always strumming an acoustic guitar during a rainstorm in phoenix..Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and David Allen Coe would have a lot to say about what a travesty the music industry has become.

Garrett Gnu
Garrett Gnu

How about the 10 biggest douchebags of the OC Commie Weekly?

John del Real
John del Real

No what I don't get...if it was a rapper or or rocker nobody would care..oh but if you're a country music star drinking and womanizing...your a douche....don't get it...make up your mind people.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

This would never get written about hip hop.  But white folk? Gun for them with both barrels.

mhip
mhip

The Toby Keith/Dixie Chick thing is the sole reason to like him.

Natalie Maines is a hippo, who's train of thought has no caboose.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I knew Taylor Swift was going to be on this list. I'm not really a fan of her music, but at least she writes her own songs...I have to give her props for that.


However, most of what they call "country music" these days ISN'T in my opinion...

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@downtownbrown 

Actually I've found the opposite to be true as far as mainstream culture is concerned...rap and hip-hop artists face intense scrutiny for advocating bad behavior but country artists who sing about lawlessness and debauchery get a pass...most of the time.

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