Saturday, April 18, 2015

The best songs that weren't singles: Chris Young edition

One of the biggest mistakes we can make as fans is assuming that the songs that get released to radio are the best songs that an artist has to offer. Now don't get me wrong. There are plenty of instances where the best songs on an album become singles. It does happen, just not all the time and not often enough. What people need to keep in mind is that most of the songs that get released as singles are ones that the record label believe will do well on radio. Now there are times where an artist will feel strongly enough about a song to fight for it to get released even if it's not the kind of song that normally gets played. But the truth of the matter is that some of the best songs never make it to radio. Speaking for myself, many of my favorite songs are album cuts. This leads me to yet another of my musical pet peeves which is when people think that they can properly determine who an artist is strictly by the songs of theirs that go to radio. Now I understand that if you don't like the singles, you're most likely not going to go out and buy the album. But you can also never completely understand and appreciate an artist until you hear the songs that never got released. I believe you learn more from the album cuts than you do from the singles. 

This is why I wanted to start this series. To shed some light on some of these songs. Each installment will feature the songs of one singer or group. Each installment will include five songs because that felt like a good number. This means that there will most likely be artists who end up getting featured multiple times, especially considering that new music is coming out all the time and thus, more songs to love. When I decided to start this, I instantly knew who was going to be up first. A man with a rich and golden country voice. A man who is horribly underrated and doesn't get the respect and appreciation he deserves from the industry. A man who has yet to release a song that I don't like. Just as easy on the eyes as he is on the ears, he is also one of the nicest singers I've ever met. Who am I talking about?  This guy.

Mr. Chris Young. It was hard to narrow it down to just five, but I did. Keep reading to see what I picked and why.