HipHopDX Readers Say Country Music Has Reached Its Peak

posted Wednesday April 16 ,2014 at 03:30PM CDT | 28 comments

HipHopDX Readers Say Country Music Has Reached Its Peak

HipHopDX users voice their opinions following a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll about music.

On March 20, 2014, HipHopDX ran a story regarding a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll about music. The April 2014 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll features several findings pertinent to Rap. One of the most significant Rap-based poll results showed the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair voters felt Rap had reached its peak. 

HipHopDX posed the following question to its readers in its report. "Which musical form has reached its peak?" The same musical forms listed in the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll were listed in the HipHopDX poll. The results are as follows. 

Country earned the most points as the musical form which has reached its peak, according to HipHopDX users. The genre obtained 58 thumbs up and 10 thumbs down. Pop followed with 35 thumbs up and 10 thumbs down. Rock came in third place with 26 thumbs up and 18 thumbs down. R&B came in second to last place with 23 thumbs up and 20 thumbs down. Rap came in last place in this poll with 23 thumbs up and 39 thumbs down. 

Some readers voiced their opinions about the question in the comment section. The following was written by a reader named "RAi L x THaALieNz."

"THE SOUND OF HIP HOP CHANGES EVERY FEW YEARS..SO UMM HOW HAS IT REACHED ITS PEAK??... COUNTRY BEEN THE SAME SINCE IDK HOW LONG... R&B ALWAYS ON A HIATUS... POP CHANGED INTO INTERNATIONAL MUSIC LOL... & ROCK IS DONE BCUZ EVERYBODY TIRED OF THE SAME ELECTRIC GUITAR IN EVERY SONG... HIP HOP DOESNT HAVE A PRIMARY SOUND UNLIKE THE OTHER GENRES.. 

ROCK HAS TO HAVE YELLING & SINGING & GUITARS
R&B HAS TO HAVE "ONLY" SINGING
COUNTRY HAS TO HAVE ONLY ACOUSTIC SOUNDS MOSTLY
POP HAS TO BE UPBEAT
HIP HOP CAN GO IN "ANY" DIRECTION (SUNG, YELLED, WHISPERED, ANY INSTRUMENT FOR THE BEATS COULD B A SPOON BEATING ON A TABLE, ETC. HIP HOP IS THE MOST CREATIVE GENRE & WILL FOREVER CHANGE EVERY FEW YEARS)." 

Others also weighed in. 

"this is stupid. 2013. jayz, kanye, drake, kendrick, eminem, macklemore, wayne all dropped albums wayne and em didnt even get a grammy nom. rap music is bigger than ever. gangnam style and baby are two of the biggest songs ever. and both have rap in em," a commenter named "tj" commented. 

"REAL HIP HOP NEVER DIES AND WON'T PEAK. THE MAINSTREAM ISN'T WERE YOU GET YOUR FIX. THE STREETS,OUR COMMUNITIES AND NOW IN THIS AGE ONLINE(past a smorgasbord of bs)STOP DEPENDING ON MAINSTREAM TO NOURISH YOU.YOU'RE NOT GONNA LOOK OR FEEL LIKE A MILLION EATING OF THE DOLLAR MENU," a reader named "reallydoe" said in a comment. 

RELATED: 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll Users Say Hip Hop Has Reached Its Peak

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Comments 28 Posts

  • Anonymous
    Unlike hip hop, country music still generates alot of platinum selling artists. It's actually more popular than ever. This is why you don't poll people who hate country music.
    • Anonymous
      so having more album sales means the music is better?
  • Formalin
    "As far as hip hop goes we'll never see consistently good albums like we used to. It's just too easy to get into the game now and there's too much bullshit out there. Just because hip hop is changing and heading in a certain direction it doesn't always mean its a good thing. I'd definitely say hip hop peaked a while ago." I agree 100% When big record labels play a major role in music thats when the music starts to get mor generic and less passionate. I know people are coming up through music online but overall the major labels control what is being played on the radio. These labels are looking for copys of the hot artists that are out now because they are in it to make money and don't take very many chances on a different sounding artist. Look at the history of music, everytime major record labels take over the music suffers and eventually a new genre will come in and take over. I would say that EDM is in it's peak right now. It's huge, and it's all over TV. Watch when the NBA finals are on and the commentators are talking before a commercial. The music they are playing is going to be techno aka EDM. Thats because thats whats hot right now and people are listening to. Hiphop is on it's way out. It's not going to happen tommorow or next week, but it's had a good run. It cant be as big as it was forever
  • COCA
    LOL POP IS NOT A DEFINED GENRE... ANYTHING CAN BE POP
  • imho
    but who cares this generation of rap blowwws
    • Anonymous
      I beg to differ.
  • Anonymous
    It's hard to take opinions written in all caps seriously though.
  • Anonymous
    Who gives a fuck about country? And don't get at me with that "you do since u came here" small time bullshit
  • Anonymous
    country music really went downhill in the 90's meaning pop rock almost died during disco and has been in a state of decline since the death of grunge in the 90's blues will always be the blues - never mainstream when rap really got mainstream in the early 00's you could see where the future was headed you can't go pop/mainstream as a genre without watering down your product
  • Anonymous
    "they already running out of ideas thats why you see rick ross and french montana remaking classic 90s songs ^ cover songs have always been a major part of the industry go learn about publishing, you'll understand how that's revitalizing someone's royalties and catalog by doing a cover song (which labels are invested in) read all of the charts and see the re-issues and older albums charting, instead of just worrying about who's 1st week sales are bigger do some research and see how the breakup of EMI has effected the music in the industry
  • Anonymous
    "Country music is topping charts and selling out arenas. You do not see hip hop doing that outside of a few artists." ^ well this is dumb, all country artists don't sell or pack arenas, they have their chosen ones as every genre does that's why SOME of us saw the original poll as nothing but propaganda, just another way to veil bias
    • Anonymous
      The point is they breed more successful new artists than hip hop does. Most country newcomers are going platinum. What rap newcomer aside from Kendrick Lamar is capable of this?
  • Chris Johnson signed to the Jets
    country music article on hip hop site??
  • Ernie
    This is stupid. HHDX just had users pick what they thought was the most quintessentially 'white' music genre to make a really pointless and childish statement. You aren't Pitchfork. Stop trying to be relevant critics.
  • Rap reached peak late 90's early 200's been downhill since then
    fuck do we know bout country music lol I like johnny cash but the only country music I hear is in movies n shit
    • ^this is true
      word
  • Anonymous
    As far as hip hop goes we'll never see consistently good albums like we used to. It's just too easy to get into the game now and there's too much bullshit out there. Just because hip hop is changing and heading in a certain direction it doesn't always mean its a good thing. I'd definitely say hip hop peaked a while ago.
  • Champagne Papi Life
    Hip-hop ain't going anywhere! Not with Drake and the OVO crew pushing hip-hop's boundaries and taking it to new heights.
    • Anonymous
      LOL
  • lkjhdsfghsd
    Sad to say, but hip hop has peaked. You aren't getting the same quality out of the mainstream as you once did.
    • Anonymous
      they already running out of ideas thats why you see rick ross and french montana remaking classic 90s songs
    • Anonymous
      not true theres more quality music coming out than 10 years ago there just also happens to be a lot of bullshit coming out too
  • poetic assasin
    you have to listen to the genre on a consistent basis to know if it has evolved or know about its popularity - music in general can never reach its peak.
  • Anonymous
    I'm sure the country music world is saddened and beside itself knowing it doesnt have the support of a hip hop websites teenage troll audience. Tell Taylor Swift and Toby Keith to start cashing in their assets now.........HHDX HAS SPOKEN!!!!
  • Mista616
    RAi L x THaALieNz 's comment has to be the most ignorant statement ever. In rock music there are PLENTY of bands who do no yelling and have different riffs. Those are just the easiest steriotypes that he included for each genre. Yet he made hip hop/rap seem like it never has had the same recycled garbage other genre's have had. People can easily say that all hip hop songs sound alike with the same beats, samples and drum loops. It's all a matter of opinion of the listener. Of course somebody who listens to primarily hip hop will notice the difference in songs, as the as the same would a country fan notice the difference in country songs, yet might think all hip hop sounds similar. Going by the numbers it seems like that hip hop and rap is the dying breed. Country music is topping charts and selling out arenas. You do not see hip hop doing that outside of a few artists.
  • Anonymous
    most hhdx readers dont listen to country or know nothing about the genre, hell most dx readers dont know anything about the hip-hop genre
    • Anonymous
      true but I don't believe CBS/Vanity Fair readers either
  • RAi L x THaALieNz
    Thanks 4 the luv HIPHOPDX... follow me @TooFamouz_RAi