Little Big Town’s Big Little “Girl Crush” Controversy

Angry Listeners Must Not Be Listening to the Lyrics

Everyone seems to be talking about it the current controversy surrounding Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.” But there’s really nothing to talk about.


According to The Washington Post, some country radio stations have said that they aren’t going to play Little Big Town’s song because of listener complaints.

Those listeners obviously aren’t listening. If they were, they’d know the song isn’t about what they think it’s about.


The band recently weighed in on their misunderstood and much-buzzed-about single.

“It’s taking a phrase that you’ve heard so many times,” LBT’s Jimi Westbrook explains. “And just the way it turns at the hook, it just catches you. It gives me chills every time I listen to it.”

“This woman is just looking at the woman her man left her for,” bandmate Kimberly Schlapman explains. “And wondering what does she have that I don’t have? What am I missing? What is it that I can’t give you that she’s giving you?”

Miranda Lambert did something similar in 2008 with “More Like Her” and didn’t get any backlash back then.


The point is, you can’t just look at a song title and jump to conclusions and make up issues where there are none.

On Thursday (March 26), the band tweeted the best screen shot to ever come out of this so-called controversy — a photo of their No. 1 spot on the iTunes country chart.

“Wow!! This is amazing. Thanks to all the stations playing it and all the fans for the love!!! #GirlCrush”

Watch CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday (March 28-29) at 8:55 a.m. ET/PT for more on Little Big Town’s take on “Girl Crush.”

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