Music Review – “Rock On Together” Best of 2010: SONGS
  • “You’re simply the best. Better than all the rest. Better than anyone. Anyone I’ve ever met.” – Tina Turner

    There are no words for how quickly this year flew by and how awesome it was. 2010 is up there on the list as one of my favorites. Even in the bad times (and there were few), I learned so much. Cheers to everyone who made my life better this year.





    Of course, great years come filled with amazing tunes. Last year, the list stopped at 100 songs. However, this year the number is 159…AND that was after I cut a bunch.


    Keep in mind, I hear hundreds of songs per year. It takes a lot to make certain ones stand out. These songwriters, artists and entertainers are truly gifted. They come from all genres. Some are songs on the radio you’ve heard. Some are new songs you haven’t heard yet. Some are from years past, but reappeared in 2010 to make an impact. Some are funny. Some are serious. Some are heartbreaking. Some are motivational. Some are romantic. Some are epic. All are meaningful.


    *Drum Roll* I am oh so very happy to take you through the Best “Rock On Together” Songs of 2010:





    ROCK – “Edge of Desire” by John Mayer: “Don’t say a word, just come over and lie here with me. Cause I’m just about to set fire to everything I see. I want you so bad, I’ll go back on the things I believe. There. I just said it. I’m scared you’ll forget about me.”



    ROCK – “3am” by Matchbox 20 (sung by both Kyle Cook and Rob Thomas this year in Nashville): “She says, ‘Baby, it’s 3am. I must be lonely.’ She says, ‘Baby, well…I can’t help but be scared of it all sometimes.’ And the rain’s gonna wash it away. I believe it.”


    COUNTRY – “I’ll Know When I Get There” by Keith Anderson: “I don’t know if it’s worth it. And I don’t know if I’m good enough. All I know is I’m givin’ it all I got. And I’ll know when I get there.”


    COUNTRY – “Out Love Me” by Brad Tursi: “‘Til we see who can kiss the longest…who can touch the softest. We can keep this contest going all night long. Who will be the first one to come completely undone? Oh baby, what a night this will be if you try and out love me.”


    COUNTRY/POP – “That’s When You Know It’s Over” by Jon Stone: There isn’t a bad song written by Jon. This one was recorded by Lee Brice. Jon is also an amazing singer. It’s all about the pain in heartbreak.


    COUNTRY – “Two Step and Whiskey Rain” by Kelleigh Bannen: “She was a virgin to heartache, ’cause she’d never been burned by a man. Some fast-moving hearts can’t be tamed. She’s gonna wash him away with the two step and whiskey rain.”


    COUNTRY – “Heal Me” by Billy Currington (sung by songwriter Tomy Stampley in Nashville): “Heal me with your sweet and sexy ways. Feel me. Your touch is all it takes. I’ve been waitin’ for so long for you to come and heal me.”


    COUNTRY – “I Hope You Get What You Deserve” by Jerrod Niemann: “I hope you get what you deserve. What goes around comes around. I’m sure you’ve got it coming back to you. ‘Cause karma has a funny way of settlin’ all the things we do. And girl, right now you know I hurt. But Baby, for what it’s worth…hope you get what you deserve.”


    SOUL/R&B – “The Music” by Jason Eskridge: “See, maybe if we write with integrity or maybe write a song to set somebody free. Then maybe we can all sing the melody. Or even find a place of perfect harmony. I don’t believe the music’s gonna go away. I don’t believe the music’s gonna go away.”


    R&B/POP – “You Got Me” by Damien Horne: “I don’t get my heart broken easily. Baby girl, you know it’s just not me. I don’t leave my heart open frequently. There’s something about the way that you got me.”





    COUNTRY – “Whiskey Glass” by Jon McElroy: “When the lights go up and I hear last call, I go back in the suds and back up on the wall. When some guy says he’s seen it all, I just laugh. I’m a whiskey glass.”


    COUNTRY/POP – “Every Time She Leaves” by Josh Osborne: “Every time she says goodbye. Every time I wonder why my arms aren’t strong enough to hold her. Every time she’s in my bed, like a fool there in my head knowing it can never be. Then I’m down on my knees every time she leaves.”


    BIG BAND – “I Won’t Dance” by Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble and Jane Monheit (Performed by The Blue Wisp Big Band in Cincinnati): “I won’t dance. Don’t ask me. I won’t dance. Don’t ask me. I won’t dance Madame with you. My heart won’t let my feet do things that they should do.”


    ROCK/POP – “This Ain’t Goodbye” by Train: “This ain’t goodbye. This is just where love goes when words aren’t warm enough to keep away the cold. Oh no, this ain’t goodbye. It’s not where our story ends, but I know you can’t be mine. Not the way you’ve always been. As long as we’ve got time, then this ain’t goodbye. Oh no, this ain’t goodbye.”


    POP – “Don’t Ever Look Back” by Shanna Crooks: “Keep on moving ’til there’s nothing left. Start living with no regrets. Walk strong and try to stay on track. Don’t ever look back. Life is all about what you have. Let your past just be your past. Never know how long it’ll last. So don’t ever look back.”


    COUNTRY – “Do I Look Like Jesus to You” by David Lee. I was laughing too hard to get the lyrics on this one. However, it’s about how it’s sometimes difficult to be nice to people who are…well, difficult. ;-)


    COUNTRY – “Last Horse” by Randy Montana: “I don’t wanna be the last flame burnin’ in a wildfire right before the rain comes down. I don’t wanna be the last star shining when the moon goes out. I don’t wanna get stuck here waitin’ on a train that’s never comin’ back around. I don’t wanna be the last horse left in this one horse town.”


    COUNTRY – “Today” by Gary Allan (sung by songwriter Brice Long in Nashville): “It hurts to say this out loud. Looks like she’s really gone now. Today is the happiest day of her life. I should be happy for her. Today, tell me why are these tears in my eyes? I know I should be happy for her, but I’ve lost everything. I’ve lost everything I’ve ever wanted. Today.”


    R&B/SOUL – “Come To Your Senses” by Heidi Rojas: It is about all the things women are to the men we love. It has some great comparisons like “If you’re the ocean, I’m the shore. If you’re the planet, I’m your core. You’re the flashlight and I’m the dark. You’re the picnic. Baby, I’m your park.” The song has a great hook, “There’s a million ways I can tell you need me, but I’ll just let you fall to your knees.”


    R&B/SOUL – “It’s Your Love” by Melinda Doolittle: “There is something in my darkness that sheds new light. It’s your love. It’s your love. It’s your love. It’s your love.”




    ROCK/R&B/SOUL – “Take It Or Leave It” by Josh Hoge:  “I don’t pretend to be pretty. Sometimes I tend to talk dirty. I can be country or city. Welcome to my world. If you wanna play it safe baby, my life will drive you crazy. You know I want to call you my Baby, but that’s who I am. Take it or leave it.”


    ROCK/R&B/SOUL – “Space” by Josh Hoge and Lauren Lucas or Rachel Proctor: “There’s empty picture frames up on my walls. All I hear is silence in these halls no one else seems to replace. Tell me what am I gonna do to fill all your space.”


    POP/COUNTRY – “Until You” by Billy Currington (sung by songwriter Dave Barnes in Nashville): “I need you now and forever to stay right here with me. Don’t ever leave. Love was kept from me like a secret. And I swore that I was through…until you.”


    ROCK – “Change the World” by Eric Clapton (sung by Tommy Sims in Nashville) “I can change the world. I will be the sunlight in your universe. You would think my love was really something good. Baby, if I could change the world.”


    R&B/SOUL – “Let Me Do It Over” by Marc Broussard: ”Let me do it over baby. Let me do it over again. I will say the words I never said, be the man I should have been. There’s no guarantees that we won’t be right back where we are tonight. Let me do it over. This time I’ll get it right.”


    R&B/SOUL – “Our Big Mistake” by Marc Broussard: “I see you when I close my eyes and baby you’re right next to me…holding me. I feel you when I see the sun rise wondering where you could be. ‘Cause everything has gone away and I’m tryin so hard to make it, but I still think sayin goodbye was our big mistake.”


    R&B/SOUL – “Wounded Soldiers” by Jonny Lang and Heidi Rojas: “Hope is a word left undefined when dreams are pushed aside. We are all wounded soldiers trying to get back on our feet. Don’t even know the war is over. Still searching for release. When are we gonna open our eyes and see we’ve been redeemed? Wounded Soldiers.”


    R&B/SOUL – “You’re Gonna Find It” by Jonny Lang: “If you’re lookin’ for love, you’re gonna find it. If you’re lookin’ for hope, you’re gonna find it. If you’re lookin’ for peace, you’re gonna find it. If you’re lookin’ for pain, you’re gonna find it. If you’re lookin’ for trouble, you’re gonna find it. If you’re lookin’ for love, you’re gonna find it. You’re gonna finally find what you’re lookin for.”


    COUNTRY – “Apple of the Rattlesnake’s Eye” by Lisa Carver: ”He gonna kiss you deep, deep, deep. Someday he gonna make you cry. It ain’t easy bein’ you. You’re the new apple of the rattlesnake’s eye.”


    COUNTRY – “If I Knew Then” by Lady Antebellum: “’Cause love only comes once in a while. Knocks on your door and throws you a smile. It takes every breath. Relieves every scar. Speaks to your soul and sings to your heart. If I knew then what I know now, I’d fall in love.”


    COUNTRY – “She’s Not You” by Ira Dean “She could be everything I need and I’m tryin’ to believe. She could be the woman who knocks your memory out of me. It don’t make sense that I don’t love her more than I do. She’s everything. She’s everything, but she’s not you.”




    COUNTRY/SOUL – “Run” by Jared Blake: “They don’t care who you are and they don’t care what you’ve done. They don’t care you’re the last wild horse under the sun. They just rope you and ride you for fun. They don’t want any wild ones and you’re the last wild one, so run.”


    COUNTRY – “The Girl Your Ex Hates” by Jaime Fox (co-written by Erik Halbig): “I wanna be the girl that your ex hates. The one that your Mamma loves and your Daddy wants to date. I don’t mean to be vindictive, ’cause that’s not the way I was raised. But I wanna be the girl your ex hates.”


    POP/ROCK – “Marry Me” by Train: “Marry me. Today and every day. Marry Me. If I ever get the nerve to say hello in this cafe, say you will. Say you will.”


    POP/COUNTRY – “I Don’t Hate Me Enough” by Johnny Bulford: “I’d be so sweet if I wasn’t weak. If I could walk right in and lay it down and end it on my terms. But if I see those eyes, and hear those pretty lies just one more time. Baby, I’d be yours. It’s what you’re countin’ on. It’s what I’ve always done. So I’m not going on…through holding onto a love that won’t hold me back. Hold me back. No, being lonely. I’ve seen too much of this side of your door. Guess I don’t hate me enough to love you anymore.”


    POP/COUNTRY – “My Favorite Everything” by Johnny Bulford: “My favorite color is the blue in her eyes. And my favorite shape is the curve of her smile. And my favorite feeling is the one that I get inside when she’s lying next to me with that look in her eyes. And my favorite place is wherever she is. And my favorite taste is the sweetness in her kiss. And my favorite memory is the first time that her lips met mine. How can I say this without comin’ on too strong? No, I can’t explain it, ’cause we haven’t known each other all that long. But there ain’t one thing about her I can see changing. She’s my favorite everything.”


    ROCK/COUNTRY – “You’re My Favorite” by Jason Johnson: ”You’re my favorite. You’re my best. You’re the reason my heart jumps out of my chest. You’re my savior. You’re my grace. You’re the smile I’ve been wearing on my face. You’re my favorite.”


    COUNTRY – “Like My Mother Does” by Jesse Lee: ”When I love, I give it all I got like my Mother does. When I’m scared, I bow my head and pray like my Mother does. When I feel weak and not pretty, I know I’m beautiful and strong because I see myself like my Mother does.”


    COUNTRY – “Love Lives On” by Mallary Hope: “And even though I cry like crazy. Even though it hurts so bad. I’m thankful for the time God gave me, even though we couldn’t make it last. I’m learnin’ how to live without you, even though I don’t want to. And even with you gone, love lives on.”


    ROCK/FUNK – “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead: “Hey, I’ll be gone today, but I’ll be back come around the way. It seems like everywhere I go, the more I see the less I know. But I know one thing…that I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you.”


    ROCK/FUNK – “Hey World (Don’t Give Up Version)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead: “Tell me why the grass was greener years ago. I swear it used to grow here, but not no more here. Tell me on this hill all the birds they used to come fly here. Come to die here. Tell me why I need to know. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to know all you’ve shown me. Hey world. What’d ya say? Should I stick around for another day or two? Don’t give up on me. I won’t give up on you. Just believe in me like I believe in you.”



    ROCK – “Half of My Heart” by John Mayer and Taylor Swift: “Oh half of my heart’s got a grip on the situation. Half of my heart takes time. Half of my heart’s got a right mind to tell you that I can’t keep lovin’ you. Can’t keep lovin’ you with half of my heart.”


    COUNTRY – “Right Here in Front of You” by the Locash Cowboys: “You’ve been up. You’ve been down all over lookin’ around. You say true love could never be found. You still dream of that kiss. Although I know you’re convinced, your prince charming doesn’t exist. ‘Cause it seems so far away, but you’re closer then you think. I’m right here waiting faithful and true. The one you come back runnin’ to. All that I’m saying after all you’ve been through maybe, maybe, maybe it’s right here in front of you.”


    COUNTRY – “The House that Built Me” by Miranda Lambert: “I thought if I could touch this place or feel it; this brokenness inside me might start healing. Out here it’s like I’m someone else. I thought that maybe I could find myself. If I could just come in, I swear I’ll leave. Won’t take nothin but a memory from the house that built me.”


    COUNTRY – “Wild Honey” by Ray Stephenson: “Wild honey. Gotta taste that wild honey. Gonna get real high where the branches bend. Ain’t afraid to climb way out on a limb. It’s drivin’ me wild honey way up in the sky above me. I’ll brave the sting. I’ll brave the fall. Baby, don’t you know I would risk it all for a taste of your wild honey?”


    POP – “Stand or Fall” by Mallorie Haley: “You know I can’t resist your kisses. You’ve got my back against the wall. Baby, you’ve got to tell me should I stand or should I fall?”


    COUNTRY/POP – “What If” by Grant Fisher “Now Baby, you’re my what if. My what could have happened. I should have took a chance when I had it. We stared it down. Sometimes love don’t come back around. You’re my wonder what might have been. Wish I could do it over again. The biggest moment I missed. Baby, you’re my what if.”


    ROCK – “Temptation” by Josh Flint: “I was bored with temptation. There ain’t no revelations I’ve seen. Just some hasty solutions by some people who want to do what they please.”


    COUNTRY – “Hold That Thought” by Chuck Wicks: “Hold that thought. Hold it right there. Let your mind keep runnin’ wild ’til I get there. Just imagine me lovin’ on you all night long. Can you see it? Feel it? Girl, are you there yet? Now, hold that thought.”


    COUNTRY – “Pouring Good Whiskey on the Past” by Chris Cagle: “I could go there. It would get me nowhere. Just a shot is all it takes to bring her back. When the bottle is empty it will only leave me holdin’ onto nothin’ but a memory and this glass. See, there’s no future pouring good whiskey on the past.”


    COUNTRY – “Like We Never Said Goodbye” by Clay Walker (sung by songwriter Tiffany Goss in Nashville) “How you been? Been a while. Tell me how’s your Mama? You said, good. You can sit down if you wanna. I said, I was just thinkin’ about Oklahoma. The wild roller coaster ride we had that summer. Before we knew it, we were on our second glass of wine. Sittin’ there talkin’ just like we had never said goodbye.”




    COUNTRY/POP – “I Will Not Say Goodbye” by Danny Gokey: “I don’t wanna feel better. I don’t wanna not remember. I will always see your face in the shadows of this haunted place. I will laugh. I will cry. Shake my fist at the sky, but I will not say goodbye.”


    ROCK/HIP-HOP/SOUL – “Sugarcane” by Chris Nathan: “Oh your love is sweeter than anything I’ve tasted. Well, I would dig a hole to Hell and fight the flames. If the Devil shackled me, I’d break his chains to taste your sugarcane. You’re sweeter than a summer rain. Cuts through me like a windy day and nothin’ is sweeter than your sugarcane.”


    ROCK – “Good Life” by OneRepublic: “Oh this has got to be a good life. This has got to be a good life. This could really be a good life. Good life. I say oh this feeling that you can’t fight. This city is a fine night. This could really be a good life…a good, good life.”


    ROCK – “Change Your Mind” by Sister Hazel (sung by Ken Block in Nashville): “If you wanna be somebody else. If you’re tired of fighting battles with yourself. If you wanna be somebody else. Change your mind.”


    ROCK/HIP-HOP – “Someone I Used To Know” by Chris Nathan: ”I took a fly to Vegas. Rode a bus to L.A. Hitchhiked up to Seattle just to feel the rain. And no matter where I am. No matter where I go. Ain’t nothin’ changed. You’re just someone I used to know.”


    ROCK – “Imagination” by November: “I’m feelin’ good. I’m feelin’…I’m feelin’ good. I’m feelin’ like a child on Christmas Eve who just learned Santa’s make believe. Oh no.”


    COUNTRY – “Why’d Ya Have to Be So Good” by Heidi Newfield: “Why’d ya have to be so good? Why’d ya have to love me so much? Why’d ya never let me down like everybody else in this town? Just when everyone was leavin’, you finally had me believin’ when I didn’t think I could. Why’d ya have to be so good?”


    COUNTRY – “Easy” by Rascals Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield (was also on the 2009 Rock On Together Best of list by Mike Mobely) “We broke up. Yeah, it’s tough. Most guys would’ve been crushed. Waistin’ their time wonderin where they went wrong. No way. Not me. Hey, I’m doin’ just fine. I’m not afraid of movin’ on. It’s Easy goin’ out on Friday night. Easy. Every time I see her out. I can smile. Live it up the way a single guy does. But what she…what she don’t know is how hard it is to make it look so easy.”


    COUNTRY – “People Fall In Love” by Mason Douglas: ”Saw you sittin’ on the train. Something in your eyes spoke to me. The kind of thing you can’t explain. Somehow you know someone you don’t. I sat there staring while you read. When you looked up, I got caught. Embarrassed I just turned my head…turned back and smiled ’cause girl why not? People fall in love every day.”


    COUNTRY/SOUL – “Don’t Mean Nothin to the Rhythm” by Cory Batten: “Don’t mean nothin’ to the rhythm. No it don’t mean nothin to the blues. Let them yap if they want, that ’ol guitar is gonna do what that guitar’s gonna do.”




    COUNTRY – “About a Girl” by Matt Jenkins: “There’s no doubt about it. Our lives revolve around it. Ain’t no end to what we’ll try to get on your good side. Every situation, there’s an explanation. There’s not much a man does in this world that ain’t about a girl.”


    POP/COUNTRY – “Chapters” by Josh Osborne: “Every day we write a page and the plot keeps changin’ with all the roads we took and the ones untaken. Finish one. Start another. It goes so fast cover to cover. Marked by all the memories, tears and laughter. Chapters.”


    COUNTRY – “Jesse James” by Kyle Jacobs: “I wanna line ‘em up and drink ‘em. I wanna love ‘em and leave ‘em. Sometimes I just wanna rob a train. Be the first to draw at high noon son. Feel the kick of my six gun. Maybe I want “Wanted” above my name. Sometimes I wanna be like Jesus. Sometimes I wanna be Jesse James.”


    COUNTRY – “The Whiskey and You” by Chris Stapleton and Julie Roberts: “One’s the Devil and one keeps drivin’ me insane. Sometimes I wonder if they are both the same. But one’s a liar and helps to hide me from my pain. One’s the long, gone version of the truth. That’s the difference between the whiskey and you.”


    COUNTRY – “Where Do You Run” by Kylie Sackley: “Where do you run when you can’t even crawl? Where do you run when you’re there to lose it all? When everything you ever knew…your world, your heart, your truth is gone. Where do you run?”


    COUNTRY – “Why Can’t I” by Wendell Mobley: “I’m holdin’ on. You’re healing fast. You’re letting me go. I’m wanting you back. You’re gonna love again. It’s just a matter of time. Tell me why…why can’t I.”




    COUNTRY – “I Can’t Outrun You” by Trace Adkins (sung by songwriter Kyle Jacobs in Nashville): “You’re in my heart. You’re in my mind. Everywhere ahead. Everywhere behind. Every turn I take, you’re right around the bend. It’s like your ghost is haunting me when I’m awake, when I’m asleep. There’s a part of you in every part of me. And I can’t outrun you. I can’t outrun you.” One of the most perfect songs in all aspects.


    COUNTRY – “Damn Right” by James Otto: “She just left me and that’s just left me undone. See you don’t want to push my buttons tonight. Just don’t bring up her name one more time. If you think I’m in the mood to pick a fight, you’re damn right.”


    COUNTRY – “The Truth” by Jason Aldean (sung by songwriter Brett James in Nashville) “Just don’t tell ‘em I’ve gone crazy. That I’m still strung out over you. Tell ‘em anything you want to just don’t tell ‘em all the truth. Yeah, don’t tell ‘em all the truth.”


    COUNTRY – “See You When I See You” by Jason Aldean (co-written by Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher) “See you when I see you. Another place some other time. If I ever get down your way or you’re ever up around mine. We’ll laugh about the old days and catch up on the new. Yeah, I’ll see you when I see you and I hope it’s someday soon.” I’ve loved this song for a few years now. Awesome. Totally awesome.


    COUNTRY – “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson (co-written by Jason Sellers and Andy Gibson): “Don’t you wanna stay here a little while? Don’t you wanna hold each other tight? Don’t you wanna fall asleep with me tonight? Don’t you wanna stay here a little while? We could make forever feel this way. Don’t you wanna stay?”


    POP – “There’s Nothin’ More to Say” by Alyssa Bonagura: “And I’ve surrendered all that’s left of me. You and I will never cease if we cannot agree. I gave you my love and you lost it. You gave me your heart then you threw it away. Oh. Oh. There’s nothing more to say.”


    COUNTRY – “I Still Believe in Love” by Kylie Sackley: “So even though it don’t believe in me. Even though it let me down again. Even though now it ain’t my friend. I still believe in love.”


    COUNTRY – “Love Said” by Gary Burr: ”Love is the angel on your shoulder. Love is the voice inside your head sayin’ don’t you dare go that way. Go this way instead. It’s a whisper that will lead you to any miracle you get. Anyone would be a fool not to listen to what love said.”


    COUNTRY – “Love Don’t Run” by Steve Holy (sung by songwriter Ben Glover in Nashville): “‘Cause love don’t run. Love don’t hide. It don’t find a way to back down from a fight. Baby, I’m right here and I aint goin’ anywhere. ‘Cause love’s too tough. It won’t give up. No, not on us. Baby, love don’t run.”

    COUNTRY – “Friendship on Fire” by Eddie Heinzelman: “It’s friendship on fire. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s burnin’ desire. Showin’ your true self and givin’ and getting more than you need. A flame’s not enough and a friend’s hard to find. But when I found you, I found more than just love. I found friendship on fire.”




    R&B/SOUL – “Good Morning” by John Legend (sung by songwriter Drew Ramsey in Nashville): “Good morning. Good morning, love. It’s my favorite love song. I waited all night long for morning. Good morning, Love. Before we start the day dear, I’m whispering in your ear…Good Morning.”


    COUNTRY – “Before You Can Leave Me” by Rachel Thibodeau: “But your demons take control. Make you run from things that heal your soul. So all I can do is set you free and just get out of here before you can leave me.”


    COUNTRY – “Back to Me and You” by Julie Roberts and Chris Roberts (written by Marcus Hummon): ”Now we got such a big house that I can’t find you in it. We got two new cars and we go drivin’ in two directions. But we can’t hide from the truth. Gotta get back to me and you.”


    COUNTRY – “Flowers” by Chris Young (sung by songwriter Billy Yates in Nashville): ”It’s been one year since I sat behind a bar. I went by the junk yard and they still got our car. I still see you on your knees begging me not to drive, but I took away the keys and made you climb inside. And I’d take your place in this field of stone if I only had the power. Look what it took for me to finally bring you flowers.”


    COUNTRY – “What I’m Worth” by Beth Cayhall: “I want a real man who understands the woman that I am. Won’t settle for less than what I’m worth. I need emotion, with real devotion. No second best than what I deserve. That’s what I’m worth.”


    COUNTRY – “I Love the Way You Love Me” by John Michael Montgomery (sung by songwriter Victoria Shaw in Nashville): “I love the way you love me. Strong and wild. Slow and easy. Heart and soul. So completely. I love the way you love me.”


    POP – “The Reason” by Celine Dion (sung by songwriter Mark Hudson in Nashville): ”Something went wrong. I made a deal with the Devil for an empty IOU. Been to Hell and back, but an Angel was lookin’ through. It was you. Yeah, you. It’s all because of you. You are the reason. You are the reason I wake up every day…sleep in the night. You are the reason…the reason. In the middle of the night, I’m going down ’cause I adore you. I want to floor you.”




    COUNTRY – “Don’t Ask Me How I Know” by Bobby Pinson: “Sell your truck while it’s still runnin’. Save the Jesus on the dash. Say a prayer when you feel like cussin’. Save your money, pay with cash. Forget your pride, buy the roses. If you’re sorry, tell her so. Don’t drink the water in Mexico. Don’t ask me how I know.”


    POP/ROCK – “Try It On Me” by Like Candy Red: “Try it on me now. Try to bend me…break me…Try to shove me to the ground. Try it on me now. Try to tell me those same lies, get me to another round. Try it on me now. Then I got it through my head what you were all about. If you think that you can still break me down, try it on me now.”


    ROCK – “Her Diamonds” by Rob Thomas: “She says. I can’t take it no more. Her tears like diamonds on the floor. And her diamonds bring me down ’cause I can’t help her. Now she’s down in it. She tried her best and now she can’t win it. It’s hard to see them on the ground. Her diamonds fallin’ down.”


    COUNTRY – “Keep On Lovin’ You” by Steel Magnolia: “So why don’t you lay right here. Let me just ease your mind. I’m giving you all my time. I’m gonna keep on…keep on lovin’ you. Strong and slow the way that you want me to Baby my whole life through I’m gonna keep on…keep on lovin’ you.”


    COUNTRY – “Pray For You” by Jaron and the Long Road to Love: “I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill. I pray a flower pot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I’d like to. I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls. I pray you’re flyin’ high when your engine stalls. I pray all your dreams never come true. Just know wherever you are honey, I pray for you.”


    RAP – “Not Afraid” by Eminem: “I’m not afraid. To take a stand. Everybody come take my hand. We’ll walk this road together through the storm. Whatever weather cold or warm. Just lettin’ you know that you’re not alone. Holler if you feel like you’ve been down the same road.”


    RAP – “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna: “Now you get to watch her leave out the window. Guess that’s why they call it window pane. Just gonna stand there and watch me burn. Well, that’s all right because I like the way it hurts. Just gonna stand there and hear me cry. Well, that’s all right because I love the way you lie. I love the way you lie.”


    COUNTRY – “You Ain’t Doin’ It Right” by Matt Ramsey (co-written by Trevor Rosen): “If your heart is tightly guarded, never movin’ bullet proof and you never feel pain…you never taste the rain. Then you ain’t doin’ it right. You ain’t livin’ life. You’re just spinning with the planet, gettin’ older by the minute. Yeah, you might survive, but you ain’t doin’ it right.”


    ROCK – “Flask and a Gun” by The Villebillies: “I wish I had a flask and a gun. So I could drink myself in the head and load another bullet in the glass so this day would finally pass cause I’m havin’ so much fun. I wish I had a lady and the tramp. Bitch I was talkin’ to the dog.”


    ROCK – “Start From Zero” by November: “Confusion’s over. Delusions take control. The room got colder, but the fire will fuel my soul.”




    COUNTRY – “She Moves” by Shane McAnally (co-written by Trevor Rosen and Josh Osborne): “She’s a Hollywood face that’s never been to LA. Kinda kitchy like a dime store gypsy. Likes to talk big city just to try and pretty up her roots. She’s nobody’s wife, cuz she hates wearing white. Kinda different like a fingerprint dippin’ in the ink. When you think you got her right where you want her. She moves. And I love the way she moves.”


    COUNTRY – “Your Cigarette” by Josh Osborne: “I wanna be your bad habit. A bad habit that’s too hard to break. Just like you gotta have it. Show up when your hands start to shake. When you’re broken I can be your fix. I wanna be your cigarette.”


    COUNTRY – “Slow” by Matt Ramsey: “Like a quitter’s last drag on a cigarette. Like John Wayne heading for the sunset. The fall might be fast but the heartbreak lasts. Like a footprint smashed in the snow…it goes slow.”


    COUNTRY – “Red Light” by David Nail: “At a red light in the sunshine on a Sunday nothing’s safe. Don’t even try. Some are comin’ home. Some are leavin’ town while my world’s crashing down on a Sunday in the sunshine at a red light.”


    COUNTRY/POP – “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany (Country version): “They don’t understand and so we’re runnin’ just as fast as we can. Holdin’ onto one another’s hands. Tryin’ to get away into the night and then you put your arms around me and we tumble to the ground and then you say. I think we’re alone now. There doesn’t seem to be anyone around. I think we’re alone now. The beating of our hearts is the only sound.”


    COUNTRY – “Spin the Bottle” by Lindsay Lawler: “So I spin the bottle not knowing where I will land. Yeah, I spin the bottle to see where we stand. I don’t care if you hold me…if we just sit and talk. I don’t care if you’re there when I wake up. I don’t care if it’s wrong or it’s right. I wanna let go of lonely tonight.”


    COUNTRY – “Daddies and Daughters” by Trent Willmon: “Daddies and daughters have something no one else does. You need a special kind of love. It’s hard to explain. A man as tough as leather can turn to velvet when she smiles. As worlds apart as they may seem, there’s nothin’ like the love between Daddies and daughters.”


    COUNTRY – “I Love You Both” by Ray Scott: It’s about two sides of a woman’s personality…VERY humorous. “I love you both. I love the you that makes me smile just like a clown and I love the you that makes me want to cuss out loud. Then turn around and lay you down. I love you both.”


    COUNTRY – “Free” by the Zac Brown Band: “So we live out in our old van. Travel all across this land…me and you. And we’ll end up hand in hand somewhere down on the sand just me and you. Just as free…free as we’ll ever be. Just as free…free as we’ll ever be.”


    POP/COUNTRY – “Better Hands” by Jason Sever: “Better hands then mine are holding her now. I was only gonna keep her down. If you could see her dreams, the love in her eyes. I guess he gave her wings and he let her fly. I love her so much, I let her go and it’s killing me inside. She’s in better hands then mine.”




    ROCK – “Dreaming with a Broken Heart” by John Mayer: “When you’re dreaming with a broken heart, the waking up is the hardest part. You roll out of bed and down on your knees. And for a moment you can hardly breathe.”


    COUNTRY – “Damn This River” by KingBilly: “Damn this river makes me miss her. Reminds me of what I aint got. Her goodbye left me cryin’. Now all these tears won’t stop until I dam this river.”


    COUNTRY – “He Better Be Dead” by Stealing Angels “He better be dead…his house burnt down to the ground. He better have two wheels hangin’ off a crumbling ledge, the way I’m feelin’ now. I’m swearin’ his head better be pressed up agains t a gun. After all the things we said. If he aint called by now, he better be dead.”


    COUNTRY – “Without You” by Keith Urban (sung by songwriter Dave Pahanish in Nashville): “The traveling…singing don’t mean nothin’ without you. Fast cars and guitars are second to the life, the love, everything I’ve been dreamin’ of. You know it’s just as good as gone without you.”


    COUNTRY – “Rock ‘n Roll Ya” by Nicole Witt: “Love will find you in a heart beat minute. All of a sudden, yeah you’re dancin’ in it. Moving to the rhythm. Groovin’ til you give in. Stop over-thinking. Shut up and listen to the melody that keeps overflowing. Close your eyes. Get lost in slow motion. Better believe it just like they told ya. Ohhhh…if you let it, love will rock ‘n roll ya.”


    COUNTRY – “There’s Something About a Sunday” by Ira Dean: “There’s something about a Sunday that makes a man feel like someday he can change. Startin’ off all over. Get back to clean and sober. Hope tomorrow I’m not back to the same old same. There’s something about a Sunday makes a man feel like someday he can change.”


    GOSPEL/COUNTRY – “Coming Soon to Bethlehem” by Angie Broberg: “The truth was more than they could handle. It was the greatest little, small town scandal. They couldn’t see the bigger plan. Coming soon to Bethlehem.”


    COUNTRY – “What I Miss About Me” by Billy Dawson: “Used to love with a heart wide open. Used to have such fragile skin. But hearts get tougher every time they get broken. Leave the scars on your innocence…til you’re nothin’ like you use to be. That’s what I miss about me.”


    GOSPEL/R&B – “Keep My Faith” by Joanna Cotten “Cause when that feeling washes over me, it gives me the strength to believe that I can do what I want and be who I need to be. Every day I find a way to keep my Faith.”


    POP/COUNTRY – “Less Than Whole” by Eric Paslay: “There’s nothin’ like forgiveness to resurrect a soul. Better to give then to get. I’ve been forgiven so I’m lettin’ you know nobody should be less than whole.”




    COUNTRY – “Down the Road” by Adam Gregory (co-written by Lee Brice, Joe Leathers and Kyle Jacobs): “It’s gonna be beautiful. It’s gonna be easy. It’s gonna be magic. It’s gonna be healing. There’s a place you’re meant to be, but it’s somewhere down the road from me.”


    ROCK/SOUL/R&B – “Try” by Josh Hoge: ”Travelin’ through the night to bring you love. Nothin’s gonna keep me gone. I’m gonna try. Try. Try to make up the time for all of these lonely nights when I wasn’t by your side. I’m gonna try for tonight. Baby, it’s all about you. I’m gonna make love to you. Won’t stop til you forget what we went through. I’m gonna try.”


    RAP – “Cinderella Man” by Eminem: “Now guess who? Here’s a clue. He came to the ball in his wife beater. Lost his Nike shoe. It’s in your ass. He’s in your ass. He’s all up in your psyche too. Now what’s his name? Cinderella man.”


    COUNTRY – “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland: “There ya go makin’ my heart beat again…heart beat again…heart beat again. There ya go makin’ me feel like a kid. Won’t ya do it…do it one time. There ya go pullin’ me right back in…right back in…right back in…and I know I’m never lettin’ this go. I’m stuck on you.”


    COUNTRY – “Suffocating” by Blake Shelton: “When I think it’s dead and gone, then it starts to rain. Ohhh…and it grows again. I find myself out in your driveway. My hands are frozen on the wheel and I can feel your love still…suffocating.”


    COUNTRY – “You Don’t Get To Get To Me” by Jordyn Shellhart: “You don’t get to get to me. Don’t get to be a reason I lose sleep. Don’t get to hear I’m lost without you. Truth is I aint thought about you. All you are is a big, black cloud in my past and Baby, I’m all rained out. I’ve let you go. I’ve set you free. You don’t get to get to me.”


    COUNTRY – “Everything” by Jessica Andrews: “I think about you every, single day. Every second, every minute, every prayer I pray to get you back in my arms. What I’d give to have you around. Every night I lay awake, cause I can’t sleep. Midnight to morning feels like a damn week. I miss you so much I can barely breathe. You are my everything.”


    COUNTRY/SOUL – “Different Shades of Blue” by Bo Bice: “You may think that I’m lying, but I swear that it’s true. If you think hurt only comes in one color, well I’ve got news for you. I’ve seen it all in different shades of blue.”


    ROCK/R&B/SOUL – “Love Everybody” by Shelly Fairchild: “I’m feelin’ love y’all. That’s what I feel. Every time I let go of my fear. Freedom, free from the hatred. Oh Lord, how long I’ve waited to arrive where I’ve landed in peace and understanding. One thing that time has taught me. You’ve got to love everybody.”




    COUNTRY – “What If You Stay” by Chuck Wicks: “What if I told you I’d change? Would you still walk away. What if I told you I love you? Would you say that it’s too late? What if you could feel what I feel when I watch you slowly drift away? What if you’re wrong. What if I’m right? You could move on, but what if you stay?”


    COUNTRY – “The Last 10 Years” by Kenny Rogers (sung by songwriter D. Vincent Williams): “Well, the last 10 years, look at the hills we’ve climbed. The best golfer’s black, the best rapper’s white and it’s about damn time. But we best beware, there’s a brand, new fight you see. And I hate to say, we might be our own worst enemy. We watched Oklahoma sifting through the damage. And we watched a US President get caught. We watched shareholders watch their savings vanish. We all cried when we watched those towers fall. We lost Minnie Pearl, Ron Reagan and Sam I Am. We even lost Superman.”


    COUNTRY – “Keep The Girl” by Jason Aldean: “I’m torn and it’s tearing me apart. I wanna go, but I don’t wanna break her heart. Like a sword with a double edged blade, it’s gonna cut deep either way. This little town, that big, old world…chase the dream or keep the girl?”


    COUNTRY/POP – “Walking Into Walls” by Johanna Jacobsen: “I’ve gotten so good at this being alone, that I guess I’ve forgotten how to let down my guard. And now I’m walking into walls that I’ve built around my heart. Never taking a chance that I go too far. Baby, I’m trying, but it’s hard for me to fall when I’m running round in circles and walking into walls.”


    SOUL/R&B – “Shine” by Sharif Iman “I feel good hey. You know I wish I could stay yeah, but it’s my time to go. I’ve got to hit this road. Cause it keeps callin’ me. And I know I gotta do what I gotta do. Cause I’ve been workin’ so hard and I’ve been waiting so long to shine.”


    COUNTRY – “Leftovers” by Rhean Boyer: ”Leftovers aint my thing. You can heat ‘em up, but it’s not the same. They aint as good the second time around so I’ll have to turn you down.”


    COUNTRY – “In Style Again” by Lance Miller: ”I’d like to be in style again someday. Cause no one wants to feel like they’ve been thrown away. I guess nothin’ lasts forever, but it hurts to be replaced by a younger, fresher, pretty face. Yeah, I’d like to be in style again someday.”


    ROCK – “Pain” by Three Days Grace: “Pain without love. Pain. I can’t get enough pain. I like it rough cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all.”


    COUNTRY – “There’s No ‘U’ in We” by Craig Carothers: “There’s a double you in ‘wicked.’ That’s why there’s no ‘u’ in we.”





    COUNTRY/POP – “One Can Be A Lot” by Dave Berg: “Just one sun lights the sky. Just one moon turns the tide. And man can change the world with just one thought. One promise made can last forever. And just one rock can bend a river. And one God up in Heaven is all we’ve got. Yeah, sometimes one can be a lot.”


    COUNTRY – “Put You In a Song” by Keith Urban: ”I wanna put you in my car and drive and turn you up loud. Roll down all the windows and shout it out…I love this girl! If I could press play…repeat…how happy i’d be. Wherever I go, I’d have you there with me. You’d be right where you belong. I wanna put you in a song.”


    COUNTRY – “Reason to Leave” by Jonathan Singleton: ”I need love…the kind in the movies. Maybe a castle. I can be your queen. I need you to tell me over and over, I need you. I need you, but all you’re giving me is one more good reason to leave.”


    POP – “Beauty Has a Name” by Thad Cockrell: “You’re my lightening rod. Proof that there’s a God when people say there’s not. Wonder of all wonders. Everything’s changed. Ever since I met you, beauty has a name. Beauty has a name.”


    POP – “Someone Like You” by Matt Wertz: “Baby, I confess I was not expecting this. I have been waiting for someone like you. Baby, I admit I got used to loneliness. I have been waiting for someone like you.”


    POP – “What Do You Got” by Bon Jovi (sung by songwriter Brett James in Nashville): “What do you got if you aint got love? Whatever you got, it just aint enough. You’re walking a road, but you’re going nowhere. Tryin’ to find your way home, but there’s no one there. Who do you hold in the dark of night. You wanna give up, but it’s worth the fight. You have all the things you’ve been dreamin’ of. If you ain’t got someone you’re afraid to lose. Everybody needs just one someone to tell them the truth. Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I still believe. I believe in hope. I believe the change can get us up off our knees.”


    COUNTRY – “Fly Over States” by Jason Aldean: “They’ve never drove through Indiana. Met the man who plowed that earth, planted that seed, busted his ass for you and me. Or caught a Harvest moon in Kansas. They’d understand why God made those fly over states.”


    ROCK – “Try the Truth” by Shelly Fairchild: “You should think it over. Sell me something better. Dig deep. Find a new line. Something I’ll believe the first time. Can you be authentic? Say what you mean. Let me know you meant it. Let it out. Let it out. Get inspired. Even if…even if you’re a liar. Try the truth. Try the truth. You’ve tried everything. You should try the truth.”


    COUNTRY – “I Won’t Let Go” by Rascal Flatts: “It’s like a storm that cuts a path. It breaks your will. It feels like that. You think you’re lost, but you’re not lost. On your own, you’re not alone. I will stand by you. I will help you through. When you’ve done all you can do and you can’t cope. I will dry your eyes. I will fight your fight. I will hold you tight and I won’t let go.”


    COUNTRY – “You Gonna Fly” by Keith Urban (co-written by the Locash Cowboys): “You could be a black bird on a country street hidin’ from the world with a broken wing, but you better believe you gonna fly with me. And you could be a song bird from New Orleans scared of the rain. Just as scared to sing, but you better believe you gonna fly with me.”




    RAP – “Just a Dream” by Nelly: “I was thinkin’ bout her. Thinkin’ bout me. Thinkin’ bout us and what we’re gonna be. Opened my eyes. It was only just a dream.”


    POP – “Gravity” by Isaac Hayden: “The world keeps spinnin’. It turns me around. One day I’ve got it on a string. The next day it’s pulling me down. I’m much stronger when you’re pulling me. Why can’t you see, you’re my gravity.”


    COMEDY – “I Just Had Sex” by Lonely Island and Akon: You just have to go listen. Hilarious! Thank you Andy Samberg.


    ROCK – “Far From Home” by Five Finger Death Punch: This one was featured on Criminal Minds and it grabbed me immediately. It was a perfect fit for an extremely sad and disturbing episode. The vocals are stellar.


    POP – “One Too Many” by Bryan Greenberg: “Sometimes it’s harder to pull the trigger than to be the one who gets shot.” And the story in the song gets wrapped up unexpectedly. “It’s gonna hurt breakin’ your heart. I’m scared of tearin’ us apart. But I’m not makin’ a big mistake. You’re not the one who got away.”


    COUNTRY – “Slow Dancing with Her Shadow” by P.J. Smith: ”She hides a bullet in her Bible just in case she meets the Devil. She knows he’ll hurt her just like the last time. The paint is peelin’ off of her broken heart. Makeup is runnin’ down her face…”




    POP – “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles: “Who cares if you disagree. You are not me. Who made you king of anything? So you dare tell me who to be? Who died and made you king of anything?”


    COUNTRY – “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks: “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs. That just because he doesn’t answer, doesn’t mean he don’t care. Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”


    COUNTRY – “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band: “She’d take Colorado if he’d take her with her. Closes the door before the winter lets the cold in and wonders if her love is strong enough to make him stay. She’s answered by the tail lights shining through the window pane. He said I wanna see you again, but I’m stuck in colder weather. Maybe tomorrow will be better. Can I call you then? She said you’re a ramblin’ man and you ain’t ever gonna change. You’ve got a gypsy soul to blame and you were born for leavin’.”


    COUNTRY – “Keep Me in Mind” by the Zac Brown Band: “Keep me in mind. Somewhere down the road you might get lonely. Keep me in mind. And I pray someday that you will love me only. Think about ya somedays and the way I would lay wastin day after day with you. We always go our separate ways, but no one could love you baby the way I do.”


    COUNTRY – “Gimmie That Girl” by Joe Nichols: “Gimmie that girl with her hair in a mess. Sleepy little smile with her head on my chest. That’s the you that I like best. Gimmie that girl. Gimmie that girl lovin’ up on me. Old t-shirt and a pair of jeans. That’s the you I wanna see. Gimmie that girl.”


    POP – “In My Head” by Jason Derulo: “In my head, I see you all over me. In my head, you fufill my fantasy. In my head, you’ll be screamin’ loud. In my head, it’s goin’ down. In my head, it’s goin’ down. In my head.”


    POP/COUNTRY – “Smile” by Uncle Kracker: “You make me smile like the sun. Fall out of bed. Sing like a bird. Dizzy in my head. Spin like a record. Crazy on a Sunday night. You make me dance like a fool. Forget how to breathe. Shine like gold. Buzz like a bee. Just the thought of you can drive me wild. Oh, you make me smile.”




    COUNTRY – “A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans: “I’m done hopin’ that we can work it out. I’m done with how it feels spinnin’ my wheels. Lettin’ you drag my heart around. And I’m done thinkin’ you could ever change. I know my heart will never be the same, but I’m tellin’ myself I’ll be okay. Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.”


    ROCK – “Stutter” by Maroon 5 – “Give me affection. I need your perfection. Cause you feel so good, you make me stutter. Stutter.”


    ROCK/R&B/SOUL – “2 Luv Birds” by Robin Thicke “Two love birds. Two love signs. You got me goin out of my mind. I love you for a lifetime. You got me goin’ out of my mind.”


    I told ya there were a few. I hope you enjoyed revisiting 2010 like I did. To all the songwriters, artists, entertainers who provided such wonderful songs this year…Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


    Next up is the Best “Rock On Together” SHOWS of 2010. Can’t wait to revisit those as well.




    Until Next Time…


    No Reins!






    January 1st, 2011 | admin | 2 Comments

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  • Gene 01.01.2011

    Another great blog Krista. I did see a few songs that we liked in common as well as a few artists/friends, most notably Shanna and Stealing Angels. I’m so glad you put the Angels in there as I believe they will be better than the Dixie Chicks. Most of the songs I haven’t heard but reading the lyrics does pique my interest and will have to listen to or buy when I have the chance.

  • Krista! Thank you! I’m just now seeing this and really appreciate being selected as a Best Song of 2010 with “Friendship On Fire”. Thanks again! So glad you enjoy the song! ROCK ON!!

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