Worst: Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley's "Flatliner" Is a Heart-Stopper
Dwight Yoakam. Johnny Paycheck. Junior Brown. Country music has had no shortage of singers with badass hats. Alas, the one atop Cole Swindell's noggin is not one of them. The fitted Georgia Southern University ball cap all but signals he's a frat boy for life, yet he wears it – or one like it – at each and every awards show. The real affront though was more musical than sartorial, thanks to "Flatliner," his should-have-died-in-the-ambulance-ride collaboration with Dierks Bentley. While the song aims for a similar fun, party vibe as Bentley's 2012 hit "5-1-5-0" – which has to be why Bentley agreed to this low point – it does nothing more than reinforce why bro country has got to go. "Sippin' on this seven n' seven / never been this close to heaven / got the pretty turned up to eleven" sound more like parody lyrics than lines that were actually delivered onstage at the ACMs. The performance and song itself should have come with a DNR order. A.G.