Five G.O.D. Songs Prove It May Be the Next Big Thing

We’ve all heard the incessant complaints that today’s country music is all about that rural to-do list that every guy has in the pocket of his pearl-snap on a Friday night. We’re talking about tailgates down, beer in the cooler and so on.

But I think there may be a new trend that’s about to come on strong. Move over bro-country. It’s time for songs about the Good Old Days. Or, as I’m going to call them from here on out, G.O.D. songs.

So instead of looking forward to what’s going to happen this Friday night, these new tunes look back and pine for what used to happen on Friday nights (and every other day of the week, for that matter).

1. “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw A picture of a trip down memory lane that McGraw paints so, so well. “Funny the things you thought you’d never miss in a world gone crazy as this.”

2. “Automatic,” Miranda Lambert Back before everything became automatic, there were pay phones, blank cassettes, sun tea and actual letters you wrote and dropped in a mailbox. It was awesome.

3. “Dirt,” Florida Georgia Line I know nothing about this song yet because it doesn’t arrive at radio stations until Tuesday (July 8), but the band has promised it is going to be a nostalgic ballad.

4. “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney Remember? When we were just growing up in little pink houses and making out on living room couches? And MTV was on the RCA? Yeah, so does Chesney.

5. “I Got a Car,” George Strait These really were the good old days when all you needed was a car — no moonshine, no remixes, no pyro — to get a girl to fall in love with you, run away with you and start a family with you.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.