Blue-collar political anthem ‘Rich Men North of Richmond’ bumps Jason Aldean song out of top spot on chart

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A new folk song by an unknown artist has bumped Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town” from the top of one country music chart after an acoustic performance of the song went viral.

Virginia native Oliver Anthony’s blue-collar anthem, “Rich Men North of Richmond,” gained internet fame last week after YouTube channel Radio WV shared Anthony’s passionate performance on their channel. The politically-charged song, explaining the frustrations felt by blue-collar workers over corrupt politicians in Washington, racked up millions of views on YouTube and X, the platform previously known as Twitter.

In just a matter of days, the song skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes country chart, “outpacing the former chart leader, Jason Aldean’s ‘Try That in a Small Town,'” Billboard reported.

“Rich Men North of Richmond”¬†blasts high taxes and greedy politicians in Washington who “just wanna have total control.” His lyrics compare starving “people in the street” to “obese” Americans abusing the welfare system and laments the suicide epidemic of young men.

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