Its a stereotype - and no more true than that every rock song is about drugs or every rap song is about gang violence. Even mainstream country. This week’d Billboard Top 10 has 9 happy songs (ok, mostly songs about romance):
1> Love & Theft - Angel Eyes
2> Gloriana - (Kissed You) Good Night
3> Kenny Chesney - Come Over
5> Little Big Town - Pontoon
6> Josh Turner - Time Is Love
7> Band Perry - Postcard From Paris
8> Jana Kramer - Why Ya Wanna
9> Kieth Urban - For You
10> Hunter Hayes - Wanted
Only #4 - Blake SHelton’s “Over” is even close to downbeat, and it’s about talking a girl into starting over again. I think you have to get to #25 - Jake Owen’s “The One That Got Away” before you really get a song that fits the stereotype. Granted, none of them are wild swings like the Tractor’s “Baby Like To Rock It” or Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishing In The Dark” (both crowd pleasers when I DJ), but there style and lyrics are hardly dirges.
Compare that to Pop - WHich had Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know” and Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back” in the top 20.
If anything, a better criticism of modern popular country it is that it is too sweet and relentlessly happy - there are few hints of shadows to add depth.