I went to see Sugarland, Little Big Town and Joe Nichols perform. As one of their encores they all performed the Dream Academy's Life in a Northern Town; which is a classic New Wave song. To me, Country has become the new Top 40 music. It is also pretty much all of the hard rock left as well. Country today sounds like the music I listened to in the Seventies and Eighties.
Here is the Dream Academy on Saturday Night Live: