Songs That Make Me Stop
A prerequisite for being a radio personality is that you like music. Most deejays will admit, though, that they don't like every song their station plays. I'm no exception to that unspoken rule. As a matter of fact, there are actually songs that have me hitting "seek" really quickly.
I won't tell you the specific songs for fear that one of them may be your favorite, but I can't bring myself to listen to certain really sad songs where folks get sick or die. I like to think I'm a tough girl, but I'm a big Twinkie. I've got a mushy, gooey center. And I ugly cry. By the way, there's actually a list (not mine) of the saddest songs ever made.
I will, however, share with you a list of songs that will make me stop and sing along as loudly as my awfully-pitched voice will allow. If you see me head-bobbing or gyrating in my car, don't call paramedics. I'm just dancing along.
Tim McGraw "Felt Good On My Lips"
This song really does feel good on my lips! When it was released in 2010, it immediately became a favorite of my son and me. We learned the lyrics quickly and would sing along every time it came on the radio. To this day, it's a song that evokes great memories for me.
Luke Bryan "Drunk On You"
If you know me at all, I probably don't need to say any more than "Luke Bryan." I heard "Drunk On You" for the first time when I saw him at The Woodlands in Houston. I was with some friends who had just moved Heaven and Earth to make sure I made it to the venue to meet him backstage. I got there, just in time to meet him in his dressing room while he was warming up! (Insert teenage girl squeal here.) When we heard this song, one of my friends looked at me as soon as Luke sang "boom boom" and said, "that's a hit record." As usual, he was correct. It will always be a hit in my book.
Blake Shelton "Austin"
I'm fortunate that in my a-bit-more-than-5-minutes in the radio industry that I've been to some great concerts. My bucket list of concerts is short, but Blake Shelton as a headliner is on it. I actually saw him many years ago. It would have been around 2001ish, he was opening for somebody (I can't even recall whom), and I didn't know who this guy who simply stepped out in front of the curtain was. That is, until he began singing this song. I loved it then because my heart was touched by the love of the guy in this song. Every girl wants to be loved like "Austin." (You can watch the video here!) Obviously, I'm not the only one who thinks it's one of Blake's best. It's #1 in this list.
Martina McBride "This One's For The Girls"
There are so many songs on the top 10 Martina McBride list I could include here. However, I have two grown daughters. I love this song because I want them to believe in themselves and hear these words. I listen to them to remind myself to keep going. As Martina sings, "We're all the same inside, from one to 99." It's just a great song that propels me. It says, "You got this, girl!"
Garth Brooks "Shameless"
"Shameless" is from Garth's Ropin' The Wind album. I got the In Pieces CD, which came next, because of this song. I had to stare at the screen and figure out which song to include on my list, but "Shameless" is one of those that you just scream-sing when you're alone in your car. Admit it! You've done it. I still do. Every single time.