Remember my post about the Luke Bryan song “Play It Again” a few weeks ago?
Well, here is the mix CD that song inspired, along with my commentary and select YouTube clips where appropriate.
1. Play It Again – Luke Bryan
All the reasons for this song can be found right here: http://imnotstalkingyou.com/2014/11/11/oh-my-god-this-is-my-song/
2. Under The Light of The Texaco – Lisa Stewart
This is a country song from 1993. It is a song that I have tried hard over the years to remember the title and artist. According to Wikipedia, it never charted. Which is why it is hard to remember much about it. But that summer, I watched a lot of music videos on TNT and CMT. This video was in heavy rotation, and featured a very brief cameo by Davey Allison. I was impressed by this because I had just begun to watch NASCAR races (Shout out to Jeff Gordon!). Also, Davey Allison would die that same summer in a helicopter crash.
Under The Light of The Texaco on YouTube
3. Boom Clap – Charlie XCX
Love this song. Good beat, good lyrics, great to crank up to the max in the car and drive.
Boom Clap on YouTube
4. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
I am a little over this song now, but included it on this collection anyway. I was impressed with how original the sound was when I first heard it on the radio on our vacation to Gettysburg in August. I feel like it is the kind of song my best friend in high school and I would have run out and bought the cassette single of.
5. Don’t – Ed Sheeran
I got so excited when I heard this song on the radio. I was like, “Oh, one of my favorite American Idol alums Blake Lewis finally has a hit song that all the stations are playing.” Then I discovered it was actually Ed Sheeran who sings it. If some white boy was going to sing this song, it should have been Blake. He was robbed.
6. Cool Kids – Echosmith
I like this. Very me in 6th grade.
7. Habits – Tove Lo
This girl has a life I could never imagine living.
8. Yeah – Joe Nichols
I like Joe Nichols because I always think that he sounds like George Strait, although not so much in this song. This song is very similar to “Play It Again.” Hence, why I did not put them right next to each other.
9. God Made Girls – RaeLynn
This is a really sexist song, with lyrics such as:
Somebody’s gotta wear a pretty skirt,
Somebody’s gotta be the one to flirt,
Somebody’s gotta wanna hold his hand so God Made Girls
Somebody’s gotta make him get dressed up,
Give him a reason to wash that truck,
Somebody’s gotta teach him how to dance,
So God made girls.
(Written by RaeLynn, Nicolle Galyon, Lori McKenna, & Liz Rose)
And the girl’s voice annoys me because it reminds me of the girl who plays Scarlett on ABC’s Nashville. If these are truly the reasons why God made girls, then I am a complete failure as a girl. But it has a good beat and sounds like classic country, so I included it.
10. Girl in a Country Song – Maddie & Tae
This would be the antithesis of the previous song. And the next song. Which is why I LOVE that these three songs appear together in this order on this CD.
I love these lyrics:
Well I wish I had some shoes on my two bare feet
And it’s gettin’ kinda cold in these painted on cut off jeans
I hate the way this bikini top chafes
Do I really have to wear it all day?
Aww no, Conway and George Strait
Never did it this way
Back in the old days
Aww y’all, we ain’t a cliché
That ain’t no way
To treat a lady
(Written by Taylor Dye, Maddie Marlow, & Aaron Scherz)
Any song that references classic hit-makers like Conway Twitty and George Strait is number one in my book. And they totally have a point about the bikini tops and Daisy Duke shorts. And they manage to spin it into a very catchy song.
Girl in a Country Song on YouTube
11. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Cruise was released to pop radio as a mix with rapper Nelly, and was a huge hit. A few years ago. Yes, I am behind.
This song is exactly the type of song that Maddie & Tae were just rallying against. The girl is in her bikini top, riding along silently in the man’s pickup truck, traveling down a dirt road she doesn’t even want to be on. I love these songs as much as the next person (I did include it on this CD, afterall), but does EVERY country song have to sound like this?