I have a friend that told me that everyone likes country music. However, not everyone will admit it. Country is more than “My dog died and I lost my truck.” I just thought I’d get that out there. Country music is beautiful and actually has a meaning in it unlike many other forms of music. So, today, I put my computer on shuffle to profile five absolutely great country songs.
The first one that came on was “Small Town Girl” by Kellie Pickler on her album Small Town Girl. The cool thing about this song is it very lively and upbeat, but still maintains its country image. However, it also drifts into the pop category a bit, which is nice because there are a lot of people who like pop and may sway into country music. Wonderful, wonderful song. It shows Kellie is proud of where she came from, which is already a good quality. She may not have won American Idol, but this girl is incredibly talented.
“Settlin’” by Sugarland came on next. “Settlin’” is not on their new album, but can be found on their album Enjoy The Ride. It’s my favorite Sugarland song. It has a great message and great lyrics: I’m not settlin’ for anything less than everything. Again, people who like pop may find this song quite enjoyable. Don’t settle for anything less than this song. Yes, I’m aware how lame that was.
Let’s move on to our next song—“Walking In Memphis.” Let me put it this way “Walking in Memphis” by Lonestar (Found on the album From Here to There) is the fifth most played song out of the 874 songs on my computer. Um, yeah. I’d have to say it rocks. It makes me want to go to Memphis. I’m so addicted to this song.
Martina McBride’s “Cry Cry (‘Til the Sun Shines)” (Waking Up Laughing) is so great. Whenever I’m upset, I’ll listen to this song, and it just makes me happy. Soon, I’m laughing, not crying. Martina was the first country singer to make me listen to country and I have a tremendous amount of respect for her. It is my favorite song off this album.
Last is Taylor Swift’s “The Outside” on her album Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift is a goddess. She is an absolutely amazing singer and seems like a sweet person. There’s not one song I dislike. The Outside isn’t my favorite song of her mix, but it’s pretty good. Again, bordering on pop, this may be a good song for those who secretly like country.
Country actually has soul. These are five great country songs that, well, really rock. Check them out especially if country isn’t your thing. Martina, Taylor, Sugarland, Lonestar, and Kellie are all amazing singers that deserve recognition, so give them a chance. After all, if my friend is indeed correct, everyone likes country and these songs are the best of the best.