Rising country music star Oliver Anthony skyrocketed on the charts with his wildly popular blue-collar anthem titled “Rich Men North of Richmond.” In the span of three days, Anthony’s song has received millions of views on major streaming services.
Rolling Stone magazine, which is known for its left-leaning political bias, responded to Anthony’s success by saying, “Right-wing influencers are losing their minds over a new country song that just appeared on streaming services today.”
Rolling Stone has publicly endorsed Democratic candidates in presidential elections and the outlet has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump. The magazine’s editor, Jann Wenner, has also made all of his political donations to Democrats.
Rolling Stone writes, “A look at the lyrics, however, may suggest another reason why ‘Rich Men North of Richmond’ is appealing to right-wing influencers. Anthony rails against high taxes and the value of the dollar, but also wades into some Reagan-era talking points about welfare.”
The outlet calls Anthony’s song “a passionate screed against the state of the country sung by Oliver Anthony, who identifies as a farmer living off the grid with his three dogs in Farmville, Virginia.”
Political commentator John Nolte responded to Rolling Stone by saying, “Triggered much?”
Anthony is outpacing major stars on iTunes, including Taylor Swift and others. Not only does Anthony hold the top song on iTunes, he has a total of four songs ranking in the top 10.
This includes “Rich Men North of Richmond” (#1), “Ain’t Gotta Dollar” (#2), “I’ve Got to Get Sober” (#5), and “I Want to Go Home” (#9).
Anthony expressed his gratitude on social media by thanking his “awesome” fans for the sudden success. Anthony says this is part of his “purpose” in life. He vows to continue making music “at all costs, no matter what.”
Anthony began writing his own music in 2021. He explained that “Rich Men North of Richmond” was his “first song to get out there that has been recorded on a real microphone and a real camera, and not just on my cell phone.”
Anthony is a former factory worker and his popular song criticizes politicians in Washington, D.C., who “make life a little more difficult than it should be.”