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Daily Top Five: Most Essential Albums

Suggested by longtime reader and commenter  Jonathan Pappalardo: What are the five most essential albums in your collection? I love this question! Here’s my list: Dixie Chicks, Home Reba McEntire, For My Broken Heart Patty Loveless, When Fallen Angels Fly … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Should’ve Been Hits

Today’s Daily Top Five is loosely inspired by reader PSUMucci. What are five singles that should’ve been hits? They could be songs that ended up signature tunes for their act despite not being hits, or could not have made any … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Pre-Fame Releases

From longtime reader Six String Richie. What are your favorite pre-fame releases?  You can pick singles and/or albums.  Whatever works for you. Here’s my Top Five: Patty Loveless, “I Did” Shania Twain, “Dance With the One That Brought You” Kenny … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Hunter Hayes, “21”

“21” Hunter Hayes Written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley, Hunter Hayes, and Kelly Lovelace Back in the days of cassettes, a faulty player would run the tape through a little too fast. It made the beat quicker and the singer’s … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Long Songs

Reader Buddy Noel suggested a Daily Top Five of “Songs DJ’s used for bathroom runs”, citing “El Paso” by Marty Robbins as an example. What are your five favorite long songs? Here’s my list: Iris Dement, “No Time to Cry” … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “Kick the Dust Up”

“Kick the Dust Up” Luke Bryan Written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, and Ashley Gorley I actually kinda like Luke Bryan.  But I still hated this song before the first twenty seconds were up. He sounds like he’s deliberately dimming … Continue reading ?

Album Review: Kristian Bush, Southern Gravity

Kristian Bush Southern Gravity Although there is already a long list of great albums that have been released this year, Southern Gravity, Kristian Bush’s first solo album apart from Sugarland, just may end up being the most pleasant surprise of … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Going Solo

Kristian Bush of Sugarland released his debut solo album this year, and the buzz on it has been good. Good enough, in fact, to inspire its own Daily Top Five! What are your favorite solo singles by artists famous for … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Favorite Title Tracks

Suggested by longtime reader Hoggy From Oz: What are your favorite title tracks? Here’s my list: Trisha Yearwood, “The Song Remembers When” Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away” David Nail, “The Sound of a Million Dreams” Suzy Bogguss, “Aces” Kathy Mattea, “Love … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Favorite Debut Singles

Suggested by reader Joe: What are your five favorite debut singles? Here’s my list: Trisha Yearwood, “She’s in Love With the Boy” Clint Black, “A Better Man” Deana Carter, “Strawberry Wine” Jeannie C. Riley, “Harper Valley P.T.A.” Diamond Rio, “Meet … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Lee Brice, “That Don’t Sound Like You”

“That Don’t Sound Like You” Lee Brice Written by Rhett Akins, Lee Brice, and Ashley Gorley I really like Lee Brice. He’s got an interesting voice, and his phrasing is always original. It’s like he sneaks up behind his notes … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Train Songs

Suggested by longtime reader Erik North: What are your top five train songs? Here’s my list: Rosanne Cash, “Runaway Train” Pam Tillis, “Train Without a Whistle” Dwight Yoakam, “Train in Vain” Whiskey Falls, “Last Train Running” Clint Black, “There Never … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”

“I’m Comin’ Over” Chris Young Written by Corey Crowder, Josh Hoge, and Chris Young He’s still got a great voice, and that’s still giving him the confidence to keep the production flourishes in check. So “I’m Comin’ Over” is identifiably … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Tear Jerkers

From reader Kuzco, today’s Top Five is songs that made you cry. Here are my Top Five Tear Jerkers: Lori McKenna, “Still Down Here” Alan Jackson, “Blue Ridge Mountain Song” Collin Raye, “Love, Me” Reba McEntire, “If I Had Only … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Steven Tyler, “Love is Your Name”

“Love is Your Name” Steven Tyler” Written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay When word came out that Tyler was releasing a country album, the first thing that came to mind — at least in my mind — was “cash … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Songs with “Gone” in the Title

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Daily Top Five: Story Songs

Today’s Daily Top Five was suggested by reader caj: What are your favorite story songs? Here are mine: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia  (Vicki Lawrence, Reba McEntire) Independence Day (Martina McBride) He Stopped Loving Her Today (George … Continue reading ?

Daily Top Five: Reader’s Choice

What are your Top Five choices for Daily Top Five topics? (We’re feeling super creative today.)  

Daily Top Five: Rodney Crowell

Today’s Daily Top Five is the promised Rodney Crowell edition. He’s such a legendary songwriter that I’m putting up three Top Fives – albums, singles, and songs written by him that were recorded by others! Share yours in the comments.  … Continue reading ?

For the Love of Guy Clark

A fundraising campaign to raise money for a documentary on the legendary songwriter is a smashing success. If anyone’s life is interesting enough to be turned into a full-length film, Guy Clark would be at or near the top of … Continue reading ?

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