'The A-List: Country' is the Next Apple Music Playlist to Receive a Name Change, Now 'Today's Country'

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After updating its "The A-List" playlists for genres like alternative and hip-hop, Apple Music has now changed "The A-List: Country" to "Today's Country." This playlist will essentially be the same, keeping track of all of the latest songs coming out of the country music genre, updated every day, while simply ditching "The A-List" moniker that has been around essentially since Apple Music launched in 2015.


Apple began a large-scale playlist rebranding earlier in 2019, switching "The A-List: Dance" to "danceXL," "The A-List: Hip-Hop" to "Rap Life," "The A-List: Alternative" to "ALT CTRL," and "Best of the Week" to "New Music Daily." One of the few remaining playlists to retain the "A-List" branding is for the pop genre, which now has a simple "A-List Pop" title.

More niche sub-genres are still using the original A-List name style, like Bollywood, K-Pop, Classical, Mandopop, and Russian Hip-Hop. Apple has also launched brand-new playlists this year, like the Shazam Discovery Top 50, which is powered by shazams made around the world to highlight up-and-coming songs and artists that users are discovering any given week.

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Ha! Just realized “the Biebs” is on that today’s country playlist. HAHA! He’s about as country as  has been innovative lately.
 
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You forgot to mention a cooler to hold the beer, “daddy’s little girl” and sweatin’ all day in the sun - some God mentions will get you a bit higher up the charts also
I saw a musician in an Irish pub once, do a song that he said was the perfect country song because it mentioned everything you needed in a country song. I think it also had a train, and a mention of grandma, and a faithful dog. Although it may have been targeting more traditional country songs.
 
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Ha ha ha....what nonsense and crap. Bieber and Diplo considered country. Apple really has lost the plot and is catering to a very low level market. Very sad.
 
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did I just write a new country song?
I used to make fun of country songs, until I listened to some good ones, and there are some truly great ones.

Try this:

He said Grandpa, what's this picture here
It's all black and white, and it ain't real clear
Is that you?
I said, Yeah, I was eleven.
Times were tough back in '35
That's me and Uncle Joe just tryin' to survive
A cotton farm in the Great Depression

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just tryin' to save each other
You shoulda seen it in color

This one here was taken overseas
In the middle of Hell in 1943
In the wintertime
You can almost see my breath
That's my tail gunner, Ol' Johnny McGee
He was a high school teacher from New Orleans
And he had my back
Right through the day we left

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just tryin' to save each other
You shoulda seen it in color

A picture's worth a thousand words
But you can't see what those shades of grey keep covered
You shoulda seen it in color

This one here's my favorite one
That's me and grandma in the summer sun
All dressed up the day we said our vows
You can't tell from here, but it was hot that June
And that rose was red and her eyes were blue
And just look at that smile
I was so proud

That's the story of my life
Right there in black and white

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just tryin' to save each other
You shoulda seen it in color

A picture's worth a thousand words
But you can't see what those shades of grey keep covered
You shoulda seen it in color
-- Jamey Johnson, "In Color"

There's a lot of crap out there, to be sure, but that's true of any genre.
 
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After updating its "The A-List" playlists for genres like alternative and hip-hop, Apple Music has now changed "The A-List: Country" to "Today's Country." This playlist will essentially be the same, keeping track of all of the latest songs coming out of the country music genre, updated every day, while simply ditching "The A-List" moniker that has been around essentially since Apple Music launched in 2015.


Apple began a large-scale playlist rebranding earlier in 2019, switching "The A-List: Dance" to "danceXL," "The A-List: Hip-Hop" to "Rap Life," "The A-List: Alternative" to "ALT CTRL," and "Best of the Week" to "New Music Daily." One of the few remaining playlists to retain the "A-List" branding is for the pop genre, which now has a simple "A-List Pop" title.

More niche sub-genres are still using the original A-List name style, like Bollywood, K-Pop, Classical, Mandopop, and Russian Hip-Hop. Apple has also launched brand-new playlists this year, like the Shazam Discovery Top 50, which is powered by shazams made around the world to highlight up-and-coming songs and artists that users are discovering any given week.

Article Link: 'The A-List: Country' is the Next Apple Music Playlist to Receive a Name Change, Now 'Today's Country'
The new playlists are not Siri friendly!
 

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I used to make fun of country songs, until I listened to some good ones, and there are some truly great ones.

Try this:

He said Grandpa, what's this picture here
It's all black and white, and it ain't real clear
Is that you?
I said, Yeah, I was eleven.
Times were tough back in '35
That's me and Uncle Joe just tryin' to survive
A cotton farm in the Great Depression

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just tryin' to save each other
You shoulda seen it in color

This one here was taken overseas
In the middle of Hell in 1943
In the wintertime
You can almost see my breath
That's my tail gunner, Ol' Johnny McGee
He was a high school teacher from New Orleans
And he had my back
Right through the day we left

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just tryin' to save each other
You shoulda seen it in color

A picture's worth a thousand words
But you can't see what those shades of grey keep covered
You shoulda seen it in color

This one here's my favorite one
That's me and grandma in the summer sun
All dressed up the day we said our vows
You can't tell from here, but it was hot that June
And that rose was red and her eyes were blue
And just look at that smile
I was so proud

That's the story of my life
Right there in black and white

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just tryin' to save each other
You shoulda seen it in color

A picture's worth a thousand words
But you can't see what those shades of grey keep covered
You shoulda seen it in color
-- Jamey Johnson, "In Color"

There's a lot of crap out there, to be sure, but that's true of any genre.
Every once in a while, you get a good country tearjerker. Not as common as before though.
 

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Every once in a while, you get a good country tearjerker. Not as common as before though.
I guess. The song I quoted is from 2008. Willie is still putting out good stuff ("True Love Is Still My Friend", "He Will Never Be Gone", etc., from God's Problem Child in 2017). One I absolutely cannot get through without choking up: Tim McGraw's "If You're Reading This". That's from 2007.

Yup, you're right. 😞
 
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