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Daily Top Five: Most Essential Albums

Reba McEntire For My Broken HeartSuggested 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:

  1. Dixie Chicks, Home
  2. Reba McEntire, For My Broken Heart
  3. Patty Loveless, When Fallen Angels Fly
  4. Trisha Yearwood, Hearts in Armor
  5. Linda Ronstadt, Heart Like a Wheel

Was going to try to do some equal opportunity attempt and squeeze in an album by a male act.  But even without repeating artists, the next seven or eight would still be female artists.

So here are my five most essential albums by male artists, for the record

  1. Johnny Cash, American III: Solitary Man
  2. Dwight Yoakam, Gone
  3. Todd Snider, The Devil You Know
  4. Willie Nelson, Phases and Stages
  5. Alan Jackson, Like Red on a Rose

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Daily Top Five: Should’ve Been Hits

42 YearwoodToday’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 impact at all.

For my top five, I stuck to artists who were having some radio success at the time these songs were released.

Here’s my list:

  1. Trisha Yearwood, “Where are You Now”
  2. David Nail, “The Sound of a Million Dreams”
  3. Sawyer Brown, “Another Side”
  4. Faith Hill, “Stealing Kisses”
  5. Lorrie Morgan, “I Just Might Be”

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Daily Top Five: Pre-Fame Releases

Carlene Carter Carlene CarterFrom 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:

  1. Patty Loveless, “I Did”
  2. Shania Twain, “Dance With the One That Brought You”
  3. Kenny Chesney, “Whatever it Takes”
  4. Carlene Carter, “Never Together but Close Sometimes”
  5. Martina McBride, “Cheap Whiskey”

 

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Single Review: Hunter Hayes, “21”

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 voice a bit higher.

“21” sounds like Keith Urban album filler played on one of those faulty cassette players.  He’s an Urban LP at 45 speed.

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Daily Top Five: Long Songs

a-hundred-miles-or-more-kraussReader 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:

  1. Iris Dement, “No Time to Cry”
  2. Dixie Chicks, “Top of the World”
  3. Alison Krauss, “Jacob’s Dream”
  4. Alan Jackson, “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  5. Kathy Mattea, “There Were Roses”

Weird that all five songs involve death, with a total body count of seven between them.

Characters in a country song should get very nervous when their track passes the four minute mark.

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

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 his own talents, trying to get down to the Jason Aldean level when he’s got the chops to strive for Conway Twitty.

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Daily Top Five: Going Solo

WynonnaKristian 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 being in a duo or group?

For my list, I stuck to singles from their first solo projects, but feel free to break that rule!

  1. Radney Foster, “Nobody Wins”  (Foster & Lloyd)
  2. Wynonna, “She is His Only Need” (The Judds)
  3. Larry Stewart, “Alright Already”  (Restless Heart)
  4. Ronnie Dunn, “Bleed Red” (Brooks & Dunn)
  5. Heidi Newfield, “What am I Waiting For?” (Trick Pony)

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Daily Top Five: Favorite Title Tracks

David Nail the sound of a million dreamsSuggested by longtime reader Hoggy From Oz:

What are your favorite title tracks?

Here’s my list:

  1. Trisha Yearwood, “The Song Remembers When”
  2. Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
  3. David Nail, “The Sound of a Million Dreams”
  4. Suzy Bogguss, “Aces”
  5. Kathy Mattea, “Love Travels”

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Daily Top Five: Favorite Debut Singles

jeannie-c-rileySuggested by reader Joe:

What are your five favorite debut singles?

Here’s my list:

  1. Trisha Yearwood, “She’s in Love With the Boy”
  2. Clint Black, “A Better Man”
  3. Deana Carter, “Strawberry Wine”
  4. Jeannie C. Riley, “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
  5. Diamond Rio, “Meet in the Middle”

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

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 and surprises them.

“That Don’t Sound Like You” succeeds purely on Brice’s merits as a vocal stylist. The song itself is iffy.

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