Oliver Anthony came out of nowhere when his hit “Rich Men North Of Richmond” started soaring on the charts and into the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Now, he’s doing it again with a new song entitled “I Want To Go Home.”
Farmville, Virginia is where Oliver Anthony has land that he shares with his dogs and that was the setting for his first hit. He simply put his microphone on a stand and made a recording of him singing his song. It was as simple as it gets with a production value so low, it’s considered out-of-pocket change. As of this date, that video has been watched 45 million times on YouTube.
The song hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 list and it’s been there for the past week. It’s currently beating “Fast Car” by Luke Combs, “Last Night” by Morgan Wallen, “Cruel Summer” by Taylor Swift, and “Calm Down” by Rema & Selena Gomez.
Of course, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are just about set to take over that top spot next week. But it’s been a good run for “Rich Men North Of Richmond.” This guy came out of the blue to top the charts and there’s not a bad thing anyone can say about that, although they do try.
It’s hard in this world to do anything big without someone trying to create controversy around it. Look at Jason Aldean’s “Try That In A Small Town.” Shortly after that, controversy started over Luke Combs doing a cover of “Fast Car” originally recorded by Tracy Chapman. Just like those two examples, Oliver Anthony has had to sidestep his own landmines because a blue-collar worker who lives off the grid singing about “workin’ all day” “for bullshit pay” and the “obese milkin’ welfare,” you know someone was going to find a problem with it.
The thing is, the song is untouchable. There isn’t a thing in it that’s wrong and people know it. They can’t talk bad about it, although they’ll try to reach and manufacture something while all along, they know every word is true.
Now, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez have jumped up to the top in music on YouTube, along with “Snooze” by SZA featuring Justin Bieber, which has taken the number one spot. But Oliver Anthony is still up there, only now he’s in the 4th and 5th position. That’s right, another song of his is on the rise and it’s been viewed by 4.7 million fans in the five days that it’s been up there.
Will you look at that? I think people like this guy. Even though he says he wants to raise livestock on his land and he comes across like that’s going to be his living, I think music is going to pull him in an entirely different direction.
I hope so, anyway. Because damn, the man is good!