iPod Check: They Call it Country

We’re making iPod Check a weekly discussion feature this year, with a bit of a different spin each week.

This week, check out the “Country” genre on your music list and post the first ten songs that play. Here are my ten, out of 5,626 in total:

1. k.d. lang, “Pullin’ Back the Reins”
2. Johnny Cash, “I’m Going to Memphis”
3. Sugarland, “Already Gone”
4. Dolly Parton, “Don’t Let Me Cross Over”
5. Trisha Yearwood, “Nothin’ About You is Good For Me”
6. Carlene Carter, “Two Sides to Every Woman”
7. Johnny Cash, “Thirteen”
8. Kenny Rogers, “I Don’t Call Him Daddy”
9. Emmylou Harris, “Tennessee Waltz”
10. Loretta Lynn, “I Believe”


  1. 1. That’s What She Get’s for Loving Me – Brooks & Dunn
    2. A Better Rain – George Strait
    3. All I Wanna Do – Heidi Newfield
    4. Believe – Brooks & Dunn
    5. Johnny & June – Heidi Newfield
    6. 5 4 3 2 Run – SheDaisy
    7. All I want to Do – Sugarland
    8. My Last Name – Deirks Bentley
    9. New Strings – Miranda Lambert
    10. Stubborn (Psalm 151) -Lee Ann Womack

    Ok, two Brooks and Dunn and two Heidi Newfield out of 1,931 country songs — and I think my ipod has song of my music mixed up….

  2. 1. Swinging Doors- Martina Mcbride
    2. daddy Sang Bass- Johnny Cash
    3. There Goes My Everything- Patty Loveless
    4. In the Jailhouse Now- Johnny Cash
    5. She’s Got You- Patsy Cline
    6. The Last Time- Lee Ann Womack
    7. Long Trip Alone- Dierks Bentley
    8. 1982- Randy Travis
    9. Today My World Slipped Away- George Strait
    10. Live to Love Another Day- Keith Urban

  3. (Contemporary Country) list from my Zune:

    1. “Heartbroke,” Rodney Crowell
    2. “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party,” Rosanne Cash
    3. “We Touched the Sun,” Gary Allan
    4. “Leave You Alone,” Jamey Johnson
    5. “Transcendental Blues,” Steve Earle
    6. “Queen of the Silver Dollar,” Emmylou Harris
    7. “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love,” Trisha Yearwood
    8. “Very Last Country Song,” Sugarland
    9. “Making Memories of Us,” Keith Urban
    10. “A Soft Place to Fall,” Allison Moorer

  4. 1. One in Every Crowd – Montgomery Gentry
    2. Back that Thing Up – Justin Moore
    3. Everything is Fine – Josh Turner
    4. Something to be Proud Of – Montgomery Gentry
    5. Don’t Happen Twice – Kenny Chesney (Live)
    6. Joey – Sugarland
    7. Mercury Blues – Alan Jackson
    8. Designated Drinker – Alan Jackson & George Strait
    9. Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson
    10. Deadwood Mountain – Big & Rich

  5. 1. Martina McBride – “Beautiful Again”
    2. Reba McEntire- “Walk On”
    3. Tim O’Brien – “More Love”
    4. Kelly Willis – “Wrapped”
    5. Dwight Yoakam – “I Want You To Want Me”
    6. Charlie Robison – “My Hometown”
    7. Dixie Chicks – “Tortured Tangled Hearts”
    8. Pat Green – “Wave On Wave”
    9. Dale Watson – “One Memory At a Time”
    10. Sunny Sweeney – “Heartbreaker’s Hall Of Fame”

  6. Not Going Down/Jo Dee Messina
    Feels Like Today/Rascal Flatts
    Am I Blue /George Strait
    Somebody Loves You/Crystal Gayle
    Unbreakable Heart/Jessica Andrews
    To Make Her Love Me/Rascal Flatts
    Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me/Kenny Chesney
    Don’t Pretend With Me/Vince Gill
    You Know Me Better Than That/George Strait
    Whoever’s In New England/Reba McEntire

  7. I Could Do It With My Eyes Closed – Diamond Rio
    Through The Morning, Through The Night – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    Loved the Hell – Joey + Rory
    Heart of Stone – Chris Knight
    Buckets Of Rain – Neko Case
    Homesick Gypsy – Chris Knight
    Your Kisses Will – Crystal Gayle
    Sin City – Emmylou Harris
    Unionhouse Branch – Alison Krauss & Union Station
    Imagine That – Patsy Cline

  8. Faith Hill – There Will Come A Day
    Martina McBride – Concrete Angel
    Sheryl Crow – The First Cut Is The Deepest
    Jill Johnson – Without Your Love
    Randy Travis – I Told You So
    Johnny Cash – I Still Miss Someone
    Patty Loveless – Cheap Whiskey
    Reba McEntire – Straight From You
    Rodney Crowell – Closer To Heaven
    Reba McEntire – Someone Else

  9. Last Call – Lee Ann Womack
    Obscenity Prayer – Rodney Crowell
    Rainy Night in Georgia – Conway Twitty & Sam Moore
    Not Ready To Make Nice – Dixie Chicks
    If Her Lovin’ Don’t Kill Me – John Anderson
    Life In A Northern Town – Sugarland, Jake Owen and Little Big Town
    The Day She Left Tulsa In A Chevy – Wade Hayes
    What I Cannot Change – LeAnn Rimes
    Black Cadillac – Roseanne Cash
    Never Ever Gone – Chris Cagle

  10. In the Shadow of the Pines – The Carter Family
    Please Come to Boston – Wade Bowen
    It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way – Willie Nelson
    This Song Is Just For You – Gene Watson
    Anymore – Travis Tritt
    Women Do Know How To Carry On – Waylon Jennings
    Howlin’ At the Moon – Hank Williams
    A Mover El Bote – The Texas Tornadoes
    You Gave Me a Mountain – Gene Watson
    Try & Try Again – Billy Joe Shaver

  11. Last time I saw him-Dottie West
    Over my shoulder-Patty Loveless
    Smoke rings in the dark-Gary allan
    When we were still in love-Trisha Yearwood
    Love is strange-KT Oslin
    Would you go with me-Josh Turner
    She thinks his name was john-Reba McENtire
    Try Me-Trisha Yearwood
    To have you back again-Patty Loveless
    For the Good times-ray price

    My shuffle sucks! I get the same artists
    Over and over!

  12. 01 – Rebecca Lynn Howard – Sing ‘Cause I Love To
    02 – Charla Corn – Almost Home
    03 – Billy Currington – Here I Am
    04 – Hank Williams – (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
    05 – Mark Chesnutt – Goin’ Through The Big D
    06 – Brandon Kinney – I Need A Beer
    07 – Luke Bryan – The Car In Front Of Me
    08 – Doc Walker – Raining On THe Moon
    09 – Eli Young Band – Guinevere
    10 – Ryan Adams – Evergreen

    In case you don’t count Ryan as country…
    10/11 – Brad Paisley – Celebrity

    that’s out of 10869 songs

  13. OK…because I’m a little OCD, I have my own “genres” that I’ve (somewhat arbitrarily) created. I have a country (for things that sound tradtional country or older/classics), a contemporary country (for newer or more pop country), and an alt-country (for stuff that would never be played on country radio).

    1. Eddie Rabbit: Rocky Mountain Music
    2. Garth Brooks: In Lonesome Dove
    3. Kenny Rogers: The Coward of the County
    4. Waylon Jennings: Theme from the Dukes of HAzzard
    5. John Conlee: Rose Colored Glasses
    6. Travis Tritt: Take it Easy
    7. Travis Tritt: The Whiskey Ain’t Workin
    8. Hank Williams Jr: All my Roudy Friends (Have Settled Down)
    9. Barbara Mandrell: If Lovin You is Wrong
    10. Reba McEntire: Sweet Music Man

    Cont Country
    1. Emerson Drive: I should Be Sleeping
    2. Reba McEntire: Sky Full of Angels (from Room to Breathe)
    3. Jo Dee Messina: Who’s Cryin Now (from Delicious Surprise)
    4. Billy Dean: You don’t Count the Cost
    5. Chris Cagle: the love between a woman and a man
    6. Sugarland (et al): Love in a Northern Town
    7. Faith Hill: the Lucky Ones (from Fireflies)
    8. Tim McGraw: Shotgun Rider (from Let it Go)
    9. Jessica Andrews: You’re the Man (That Brings the Woman out in Me) (from Now)
    10. Carrie Underwood: Jesus Take the Wheel

    Alt country:
    1. Kelley Willis: Wait Until Dark
    2. Kelley Willis: Success (from Translated from Love)
    3. Radney Foster: Never Gonna Fly
    4. Rodney Crowell: Ignorance is the Enemy
    5. Kathleen Edwards: Goodnight, California
    6. Lori McKenna: The ledge (from bittertown)
    7. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson: Monkey on the Wire
    8. Dixie Chicks: Tortured tangled Hearts
    9. Kasey Chambers: Don’t Look So Sad (from Carnival)
    10. Ryan Adams: Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman that Rains) (from Heartbreaker)

  14. 1. Rodney Atkins – If You’re Going Through Hell
    2. Jason Aldean – Johnny Cash
    3. Dierks Bentley – Forget About You
    4. Gary Allan – Life Ain’t Always Beautiful
    5. Rascal Flatts – Feels Like Today
    6. Keith Urban – Won’t Let You Down
    7. Doc Walker – Raining on the Moon
    8. Josh Gracin – I Would Look Good With You
    9. Jason Aldean – I Use What I Got
    10. Keith Urban ft. Ronnie Dunn – Raise the Barn

  15. 1. Before Me and You – SheDAISY
    2. Don’t Let Me Cross Over – Patty Loveless
    3. Stupid Boy – Keith Urban
    4. I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today – Gretchen Wilson
    5. Tune of a Twenty Dollar Bill – Joey + Rory
    6. I Will – Jimmy Wayne
    7. Jesus, Take the Wheel (Live at the Opry) – Carrie Underwood
    8. Life In a Northern Town – Sugarland w/ Little Big Town and Jake Owen
    9. We Rode in Trucks – Luke Bryan
    10. When the Wheels Are Coming Off – Lee Ann Womack

    First ten out of 1374 songs…my ipod is mainly country so I knew the first ten would be country…but kinda surprised there were no repeat artists!

  16. 01. “Anthony,” Nickel Creek
    02. “Where Are You Now,” Trisha Yearwood
    03. “The Fireflys Song,” Alan Jackson
    04. “The Rise & Fall of Intelligent Design,” Rodney Crowell
    05. “Behind Closed Doors,” Charlie Rich
    06. “Unbreakable Heart,” Carlene Carter
    07. “I Wish I Knew,” Hank Williams III
    08. “Wild & Blue,” John Anderson
    09. “Cold Day in July,” Joy Lynn White
    10. “Backsliders Wine,” Jerry Jeff Walker

  17. 1. Kevin Fowler – Best Mistake I Ever Made
    2. Buck Owens – Under Your Spell Again
    3. Trace Adkins – Bring It On
    4. Alabama – Keepin’ Up
    5. Tim McGraw – She Never Lets It Go To Her Heart
    6. Waycross – Cutting Down The Cross
    7. Billy Gilman – Hey, Little Suzie
    8. David Ball – Mr. Teardrop
    9. Tracy Byrd – Cheapest Motel
    10. Ray Scott – Everybody’s Girlfriend

  18. 1. “The Old Rugged Cross” by Brad Paisley
    2. “23 Days” by SHeDAISY
    3. “Heaven Help Me” by Wynonna
    4. “Backseat Of A Greyhound Bus” by Sara Evans (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    5. “Til You Love Me” by Reba McEntire
    6. “Silent House” by Dixie Chicks
    7. “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” by Martina McBride
    8. “What Kinda Gone” by Chris Cagle
    9. “Where Do The Children Play” by Dolly Parton & Yusuf Islam
    10. “Sugarland” by Sugarland

  19. 1. Carrie Underwood – “I Told You So”
    2. Brooks and Dunn – “Believe”
    3. Carrie Underwood – “I Know You Won’t”
    4. Faith Hill – “Stealing Kisses”
    5. Miranda Lambert – “Gunpowder and Lead”
    6. Sugarland – “Stay”
    7. Brad Paisley – “Letter To Me”
    8. Carrie Underwood – “I’ll Stand By You”
    9. Carrie Underwood – “The Night Before (Life Goes On…)”
    10. Joey + Rory – “Cheater, Cheater”

    The only country music I really have is Carrie on my iPod. Other than that, I have country songs, but no other complete country albums.

  20. 1. George Strait – “You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody”
    2. Merle Haggard – “Always Wanting You”
    3. Tim McGraw – “Red Ragtop”
    4. George Strait – “Texas”
    5. Heidi Newfield – “What Am I Waiting For”
    6.Reba – “Why Haven’t I Heard From You”
    7.Martina McBride – “Safe in the Arms of Love”
    8.Reba – “Wrong Night”
    9.Alan Jackson – “Don’t Ask Why”
    10.Vince Gill – “The Luckiest Guy in the World”

  21. I’ve never adjusted any of the labels that Itunes automatically puts on my music, but this follows the first ten I recieved when in the Country Genre list. I noticed that all my bluegrass is in the country list except one Ricky Skaggs album (though the rest of Ricky Skaggs Bluegrass Albums are in the country category), which sits alone in the Bluegrass Category.

    “Take these Chains from My Heart” – Hank Williams
    “Wayfaring Stranger” – Johnny Cash
    “Fast as You” – Dwight Yoakam
    “Cuckoo’s Nest” – Nickel Creek
    “Time of the Preacher”- Willie Nelson
    “Nobody Cares for Me” – The Be Good Tanyas
    “Railroad Bill” – Crooked Still
    “One More Year” Kasey – Chambers & Shane Nicholson
    “Out of Control Raging Fire” – Patty Loveless
    “After the Gold Rush” – K.D. Lang

  22. Saints & Angels – Sara Evans
    Bigger Fish To Fry – Brad Paisley
    Wild Ponies – Kellie Pickler
    ‘Til Love Comes Again – Reba McEntire
    Love Is A Sweet Thing – Faith Hill
    Letter To Me – Brad Paisley
    Smoke Rings In The Dark – Gary Allan
    Make Me Love You – Jessica Andrews
    Breathe – Taylor Swift (feat Colbie Caillat)
    If I Should Fall Behind – Faith Hill

    Well, the two Faith Hill tracks I don’t think I’ve ever heard, so that was disappointing. Out of 1581 country songs, this is what my iTunes came up with? I like all of them except the aforementioned Faith tracks, the first Paisley track, and the Andrews track. Those four I really don’t like…

  23. From my iTunes (ergo my iPod “classic”) country music category of 7900 songs,

    1. Already Gone – Sugarland
    2. The Gambler – Blake Shelton
    3. Sunday Morning – Elizabeth Cook
    4. We’ll Meet Again – Johnny Cash
    5. Honky Tonk Friends – Jason Michael Carroll
    6. Amazed – Lonestar
    7. Without You – David Nail (the original Mercury album from 2002)
    8. Best Days Of Your Life – Pickler and Swift
    9. Passionate Kisses – Mary Chapin Carpenter
    10. I Still Like Bologna – Alan Jackson

    Well that was certainly an interesting list as it’s more ‘new country’ than I’d have expected to pop up. Still, not a bad list :) The Blake Shelton song is from the Cracker Barrel “Award-Winning” songs album.

  24. Matt, I was interested in getting that Cracker Barrel album, but can’t bring myself to buy it from their website and pay shipping and handling and all.

  25. Chris Knight, “The Hammer Going Down”
    Bradley Walker, “I Never Go Around Mirrors”
    Travis Tritt, “South Bound Train”
    Patty Loveless, “The Pain Of Loving You”
    Gretchen Peters, “This Town”
    The Be Good Tanyas, “Dogsong 2”
    Elizabeth Cook, “Always Tomorrow”
    Hal Ketchum, “Mama Knows The Highway”
    Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Outside Looking In”
    Patty Loveless, “You Don’t Get No More”

    My Ipod was on its best behavior today!

  26. Leeann, I wouldn’t have that album if I wasn’t offered it for review back when I wrote for countrymusic.about.com. I lived in Seattle at the time and there sure as hell ain’t no Cracker Barrel stores here!

  27. Here’s another 10 for fun

    1. I Hate This Town – Shane O’Dazier
    2. Turbo Twang – Wayne Warner
    3. That’s Just Me – Billy Yates
    4. Troubadour – George Strait
    5. Alcohol – Brad Paisley
    6. I Had To Be Me – Ricochet
    7. I Wanna Be A Hillbilly – Billy Currington
    8. Crazy Life – Phil Vassar
    9. Cheapest Hotel – Tracy Byrd
    10. I’ll Always Love That Girl – Rick Ferrell

    Odd that no female singers came up. Rick Ferrell recorded that song on his “Different Point of View” record for DreamWorks SKG (an album that was barely released). Shane O’Dazier was the song I started with as I’m working up a review of the single for Roughstock…

  28. 1. You Look Good In My Shirt by Keith Urban
    2. I Got My Game On by Trace Adkins
    3. There’s Your Trouble by Dixie Chicks
    4. Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again by Kellie Pickler
    5. Your Face by Taylor Swift
    6. I Know You Won’t by Carrie Underwood
    7. Long Gone by Lady Antebellum
    8. All-American Girl by Carrie Underwood
    9. If We Loved by Chuck Wicks
    10. Stay Beautiful by Taylor Swift

    Guess I kind of represent the contemporary country scene…it’s a shame my Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn didn’t appear haha

  29. Jackson – Chuck Mead and Mandy Barnett
    I Wish You Knew – Kathy Louvin and Pamela Brown Hayes
    It’s Not Over (If I’m Not Over You) – Vern Gosdin
    I Can Love You Better – Dixie Chicks
    I’ve Got the Heart for You – Keith Whitley
    Room Eleven – Malcolm Holcombe
    Don’t Laugh – Louvin Brothers
    In the Mountains to Forget – Merle Haggard
    Living the Good Life – Rodney Hayden
    Long Slow Kisses – Jeff Bates

  30. Miranda Lambert – Desperation
    Keith Whitley – I’m No Stranger To The Rain
    Tanya Tucker – 1010 Whipporwill Lane
    Diamond Rio – It’s All In Your Head
    Jo Dee Messina – Burn
    Tim McGraw – I Need You (with Faith Hill)
    Dolly Parton – Light Of A Clear Blue Morning (For God and Country version)
    Dolly Parton – Life’s Like Poetry
    Jennifer Nettles Band – Gravity
    Mindy McCready – You’ll Never Know

  31. I finally got my zune sort of re-setup. I inherited this from a friend, so some of these will be in inherited, but all of these I chose to keep on the Zune.

    1. Johnny Cash – Wreck of the Old 97 (Live at Madison Square Garden)
    2. Willie Nelson – Half a Man (super 60’s string version)
    3. Willie Nelson – Building Heartaches (60’s style, sounds demo-ish)
    4. Billy Joe Shaver – When the Fallen Angels Fly
    5. Johnny Cash – Field of Diamond
    6. Roger Miller – Do-Wacka-Do
    7. Dwight Yoakam – Love Caught Up to Me
    8. Hacienda Brothers – It tears me up
    9. Dwight Yoakam – Bury Me (1981 Demo)
    10. Billy Joe Shaver – Try and Try Again

  32. I Won’t Need You Anymore-Randy Travis
    Nothing Like This-Rascal Flatts
    I Will Forever Hate Roses-Dolly Parton
    When Love Gets A Hold Of You-Reba
    Undo It-Carrie Underwood
    From This Moment On-Shania Twain
    How Do I Live-Leann Rimes
    It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing-Shania Twain
    As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone-Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
    Heart Like Mine-Miranda Lambert

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