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Is 'Old Town Road' A Country Song?

Is 'Old Town Road' A Country Song?”

This undated image provided by Columbia Records shows rapper Lil Nas X, whose viral hit "Old Town Road" was removed from Billboard's country charts because they said it wasn't country enough.

The Hot 100 ranks songs based on sales, streams and radio airplay, and Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" posts impressive gains in all three categories.

Lil Nas X explained that he worked on the song while living with his sister, and he was inspired by the "runaway loner cowboy" lyrics.

With the release of a remix of the song featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, I think it's a good time to examine the controversy that's leading to the young rapper becoming a household name. Today (April 9), on his birthday, his viral country anthem, "Old Town Road", has officially become the biggest song in America. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in late March at number 19, before Billboard gave it the ax.

The song catches the listener's ear with a melody played on a banjo at the beginning, then it switches to a heavy bass, giving the song a "trap" sound while still having a strong country mood throughout the whole thing. "Listening to other songs that's actually on that chart, it's like, wait a minute". Post Malone & Swae Lee's "Sunflower" rises to #2, thus landing between "Old Town Road" and "7 rings". Be sure to take a few listens, take the horses out the back and take a ride down the Old Town Road.

But regardless of what Billboard thinks, "Old Town Road" is an incredibly catchy song, with unbelievable vocal performances from both Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.



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