11 Country Jams You Can Love Even If You Hate Country Music

11 Country Jams You Can Love Even If You Hate Country Music

'Cause I'm a Redneck Woman.
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Anyone who knows me knows that my least favorite music is country music. There's just something about them that makes me a little bit uncomfortable. I don't know it's just something about the twang and the wholesome messages about dating that doesn't sit right with me. Now, I know that some of you are out saying: why is this girl such a hater? Well, let me redeem myself. Even though I don't love country music as much as other genres, there are some country bops that I will never change the station for.

1. Redneck Woman by Gretchen Wilson

Something about this song just makes me want to move out into the boondocks of South Cackalacky.

2. When It Rains It Pours by Luke Combs

This one has me singing along like I, too, don't have to see my ex-future mother-in-law anymore.

3. Body Like A Backroad by Sam Hunt

*Fans self, aggressively*

4. Summertime by Kenney Chesney

The ultimate bop from the man I had my first crush on.

5. Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk by Trace Adkins

This song has it "going on like Donkey Kong".

6. Before He Cheats by (A Queen) Carrie Underwood

Two words: Girl. Power.

7. I Like It, I Love It by Tim McGraw

I don't just ~like~ this one, I ~love~ this one.

8. Man! I Feel Like A Woman! by Shania Twain

*Screams* "The best thing about being a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun".

9. Red Solo Cup by Toby Keith

But if you're like me you prefer the Glee version better, sorry Toby.

10. Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett

This is an example of the sappy romance I was referring to earlier, but let's be real, this is just too ~tender~ not to acknowledge.

11. Beer For My Horses by Toby Keith

But like, has PETA heard this song?

So, no matter what you're music preferences are, you need to give credit where credit is due. These songs are guaranteed to make you feel good, no matter what.

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What If

Have you ever thought about it?
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What if you loved me the same you did 2 years ago? What if I made you as happy as she does? What if I was as pretty as her? What if I was different? What if I changed who I was? What if you never met her, would you still be with me? What if you came back after I begged for you to? What if you loved me the same amount as I loved you? What if you cared like I did?

These thoughts have gone through my head multiply times. We have so many questions that will never be answered. All of these "What if" questions, will only be "What if". That's all they will ever be. Some questions, are not meant to be answered. Sometimes you don't even want the answer, cause you're to afraid to know the truth. I know I am afraid to know the truth. I don't want to know what went through your head when all of this went through mine.

What if you were still here? What if I listened and done everything right? What if I never met you? What if I didn't message you first?

Would it be different, if I knew the answers to all of these questions? More than likely, everything would still be the same. You still would have left, you still would have found her, you still would have fell in love with someone else. Not everything is a fairytale, hearts are sometimes meant to be broken. It makes you a more stronger person and it helps you develop as a person. Not everything goes as planned, but everything happens for a reason. That's what you said at least.

What if I listened to everyone when they said not to go for you? What if I left? What if I broke your heart?

What if

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A Reflection Of Becoming Popular On Social Media

About a year ago, I began to attain a following on social media, and now I want to reflect on how it has changed my life.
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If you are reading this from somewhere in the Merrimack Valley area, you may know my name and face from my snapchat. It has been almost an entire year since I started a particular routine on the app, and it doesn't seem to be going away soon. Every day, I still get at least ten or so requests to do what I call "noonanite shoutouts" on my story, and new people I don't even know from other towns keep discovering me somehow. It has even gotten popular to the point where I walk into my local Market Basket, and people say hello and recognize me exclusively from my snapchat. Since the one year anniversary will be approaching in the coming weeks, I thought it would be a great time to reflect and explain how this routine and fame has greatly changed my everyday life, and how I hope to inspire other social media addicts to find an audience for their content.

To begin, let us trace back to February 2017, when this phenomena all began. Originally, I had some friends in my math class who I wanted to thank for making me these small squares made of glass and ceramic. In particular, they wanted me to give them a shout out on my snapchat story. For anyone who doesn’t know what a shout out is, allow me to explain. A shout out is when a person (usally on social media in this day and age), brings attention to a particular group or person by saying their same on their social media platform. Although I figured this would be the only one I would ever do, I was proven wrong very quickly. Those same friends began to ask me to do more and more, and eventually other people at my school latched on. Within a week or so, people were adding me left and right from my home town. At this point of rising popularity, I decided to dub them “noonanite” shoutouts as reference to my last name “Noonan” with “-ite” at the end. Noonanite shoutouts started to become the talk of my town, when my views went from about 80 or so to over 400 within the first week. Additionally, they became more than just saying a particular name over my snapchat account, with additional details about particular people being thrown left and right. Groups of friends began to joke around with each other, by having me state something humurous or controversial about their friends. Soon after these initial weeks, I began to attain a younger following of middle schoolers and even people from various other towns around the area. In a sense, I became a local legend.

In general, I would say that my snapchat stardom has made me feel a sense of accomplishment that I have always desired. If you ever knew me personally before, you would know that I am someone who loves attention and wishes to win over those he meets in his lifetime. By having so many people laugh and smile at my simple snapchat routine, I feel that I have won a lot of people over in a way, and that satisifies me for the most part. However, the positivity doesn’t stop there. It is hard to describe in words how incredible it feels to be rceognized by people like a celebrity when I enter local public places. As stated at the beginning with the Market Basket example, a lot of people now know me from my shoutouts. This not only makes me feel more connected with people around me, but like someone that people really admire. I have had people that have cheered at sighting me in public and even asked for my autograph. Of course, I have never declined this kind of positive attention. In other words, I find the rising popularity of Noonanite Shoutouts to be an overall positive experience for me to get a taste a fame and having a fandom like never before. Additionally, I have found better ways to determine what shout outs are humurous and which are not.

Essentially, the gradual rise in followers from my snapchat routine has lead to a mostly positive outcome for me. Not only am I happy that I have a following and get a good amount of attention, but that I have even have fans at all! I understand that my fame isn’t really that huge in relation to a true social media celebrity, but within my community it feels quite large. I also hope that I inspire my fans of all ages, to realize that at any time a simple request of a friend could turn into a growing source of attention and praise. Fame can be found in many unlikely places, and in my case, I hope that some day it will grow to something even greater than I have ever seen before. Overall, Noonanite shoutouts have been very sweet to me and my ambitions in life.

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