Asking what my 5 favorite songs are is like asking, of my four children, who’s my favorite. I can’t name five because there’s so many to love. I have a variety of music on my Pandora playlist, music that spans from the 1950s to the present. So I’m modifying the topic to my five favorite music genres.
1. Christian contemporary music. KLove is my radio station of choice. My favorite artists are Kari Jobe, Matt Mahr, Meredith Andrews and Lauren Daigle. And Mandisa’s “Good Morning” song is a definite pick me up. Owl City “You’re Not Alone.” These songs and more can be heard online at klove.com.
2. I’m a teen of the 80s! REO Speedwagon’s “Hi Infidelity,” Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” Pink Floyd’s “Wall” album, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Prince, Huey Lewis and the News. The list goes on. My favorite 80s music is now considered “classic rock” music. I like to think of it as 80s “classy rock.” Take a musical tour of the 80s here.
3.Country music. Not the twangy, my-wife-left-me-and-took-the-dog kind of country. Although I do like the music of country classics Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. The first album I ever bought was Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.”But I like the kind of country music sung by the hunky, handsome, deep-voiced Trace Adkins, the patriotic Toby Keith, the early music of Jason Aldean. Some of Lady Antebellum, and the funny and cute Brad Paisley. Definitely Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” the video is awesome as is the video and music of Martina McBride’s “Independence Day” and Brad Paisley’s “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”
4. Anything from the 1950s and 60s. Elvis Presley tops the list. I love the Motown sound, doo-wop and the rock and roll of Chuck Berry. “Earth Angel” by the Penguins, Buddy Holly, the Shirelles, Fats Domino. Listen to the top 100 songs of the 1950s according to Spotify’s playlist here.
5 Other. This is my eclectic collection of music that just doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else. Wierd Al Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” album, Will Pharrell’s “Happy,” “Fireflies” by Owl City. The “Grease” soundtrack is always a classic. Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” is, in my opinion, the most romantic song I’ve ever heard.
I love the Andy Williams Christmas album. As a child, I knew Christmas was coming soon when my mom started playing that album. To this day, that album brings back those warm wonderful childhood memories.
Well, there you have it, my top 5 genres. Please share your favorite songs or genres too.