My top 5 Country Picks – Top 5 Country Songs that talked to me this year

I have started to listen to country music this year.  I have tried to not listen, by changing to a non country station, but find myself always going back to a country station within a few minutes.  Anyone that knows me knows that this is a BIG change.  I use to listen to what has been classified as “80’s Hair Bands”.  This is the list of the top 5 COUNTRY songs that I think influenced me in some way this year. (And yes, I know that these songs were not written in 2009, but they influenced me in 2009, so they make the list.  This is my BLOG, so I can change the rules.)
I'm Still A GuyNumber 5
Brad Paisley – I’m still a guy.
I picked this song because of what I see happening to America. The American Man is a thing of the past. This song sums it up pretty well. “These days there’s dudes gettin’ facials, manicured, waxed and botoxed. With deep spray-on tans and creamy lotiony hands, you can’t grip a tackle box.” “Oh, my eyebrows ain’t plucked, there’s a gun in my truck, Oh thank God, I’m still a guy.” This year I have purchased several guns, which is a big deal. My Mother has always been anti-gun in the house, so I was not raised around guns. But now I have several .22 rifles, a 12 gauge shot gun, and want to buy a 9mm Hand Gun (Springfield XDM 9mm).  I even want to get my hunter safety taken so I can go hunting with my brother-in-laws, and get a concealed carry permit as well.
Wide Open
Number 4
Jason Aldean – She’s Country.

I think this song gives a fairly good representation of what I would like my 4 little girls to grow up to be like.  (There are some of the song that I hope they don’t emulate, but then again, most songs are like that.)  But I think the Chorus says it the best.  “Brother she’s all country (shoot) from her cowboy boots to her down home roots.  She’s country, from the song she plays to the prayer she prays.  thats the way she was born and raisee, she ain’t afraid to stay country.  Nuthin’ but country.”   Everyone in the family, except for Momzoo, now has a cowboy hat.  She would also have one, if I could convince her that she does look good in one, and the she would wear it every once in a while.  We are trying to bring our family back to the basics, and live a country valued life.  And the song has a really good beat to it as well.


If You're Going Through HellNumber 3
Rodney Atkins – Watching You

Since I am a father of mostly girls (4 girls and 1 boy), I am very vigilant on trying to raise my son to be the best man he can be in the future.  This song really hits home.  My son watches me all the time, and thinks that anything I do is golden.  An example of that is when Momzoo was trying to get him to wear big boy under pants and stop using a diaper.  He refused to wear his new boxer-briefs, until Momzoo pointed out that they are just like dads.  At that point, he started wearing them, to be like his dad.  This song is a perfect example of that.  I like it because it illistrates how your children can pick up bad habbits that you may have, but then also pick up the good ones as well.  So even though you may not be perfect, you can give your children the things they need to make it in life and to be a responsible, contributing, adult.   “Cuse I’ve been watching you, dad ain’t that cool? I’m your buckaroo, I want to be like you, and eat all my food, and grow as tall as you are.  We like fixin things, and holding moma’s hand.  Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad?  I want to do everything you do, so I’ve been watching you.”

American RideNumber 2
Toby Keith – American Ride

Shock'n Y'AllNumber 1
Toby Keith – American Soldier
I like this song as a tribute to all American Soldiers that have fought and will fight for all of the things our country stands for.  I think we have taken the teeth out of our military, and as a result have lost a lot of them that we did not need to lose.  America is a great country, and these men and women keep us free and fight for justice around the world.  There are several other songs that I would of given number one, but feel that this song hits all the points.

“I’m just trying to be a father,

Raise a daughter and a son,
Be a lover to their mother,
Everything to everyone.
Up and at ’em bright and early,
I’m all business in my suit,
Yeah, I’m dressed for success from my head down to my boots,
I don’t do it for money, there’s still bills that I can’t pay,
I don’t do it for the glory, I just do it anyway,
Providing for our future’s my responsibility,
Yeah I’m real good under pressure, being all that I can be,
And I can’t call in sick on Mondays when the weekends been to strong,
I just work straight through the holidays,
And sometimes all night long.
You can bet that I stand ready when the wolf growls at the door,
Hey, I’m solid, hey I’m steady, hey I’m true down to the core,
And I will always do my duty, no matter what the price,
I’ve counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice,
Oh, and I don’t want to die for you,
But if dying’s asked of me,
I’ll bear that cross with an honor,
‘Cause freedom don’t come free.
I’m an American soldier, an American,
Beside my brothers and my sisters I will proudly take a stand,
When liberty’s in jeopardy I will always do what’s right,
I’m out here on the front lines, so sleep in peace tonight.” 

There were two other songs that I thought about putting as Number one.   I think that Arlington by Trace Adkins is also a very good song, as well as Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American) by Toby Keith.

Line of the YEAR!

I Wanna Feel SomethingI have to mention one more song that does not get a number, but that has impacted me a lot this year.  This year was a year of growth.  I have had several issues that I have had to resolve.  I have also recovered from a major knee injury as well as food surgery.  At times, I just wanted to say, “Damn it all to hell, Im done”.  And the song I Wanna Feel Something by Trace Adkins says it all.  The line of the year is from this song.  The line of the year is for Momzoo, my wife of 12 years (and yes, I do want a wife).  “I hate that I’m jaded and I make you cry, but still you sitck around me, only God knows why.  Damn it all to hell, I’m done.  Cuse I don’t like what I’ve become.  So come here, baby come here, baby.”   The song then continues…  “I just wanna feel somethin.  Somethin thats a real something, that moves me, that proves to me I’m still alive.  Run my fingers through your fingers, across your face and through your hair.  And close my eyes and breathe you in like air.  I just wanna feel somethin.”

This song makes me laugh every time I hear it.  He pokes fun a the current mind frame that most Americans have right now.  He talks about Global Warming, Reality TV, YouTube, and many other modern society concerns.  But the best line in the whole song is this, “Plasma gettin’ bigger, jesus gettin smaller.”   I think that is one of the main problems that modern teen age kids and society as a whole has.  There is little regard for Jesus and a belief in God.  Things have turned so that more people make fun of religious beliefs than uphold religious beliefs.  I think this songs makes that statement.


  1. I'm going to agree that Toby Keith has some good songs (i.e. "I Wanna Talk About Me"). Still, whenever I think of him, I think, "jerk water." I can't explain it.

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