Windows Down, Radio Up (a playlist)

I’m a music lover, but for some reason I never share playlists here. I was driving around a few weeks ago and a song came on the radio that prompted me to roll the windows down and smile up at the sunshine. I’m not the only one who gets the sudden urge to really take in the moment and enjoy the ride, right?

I’m a country music lover so I created a playlist of songs that make me smile and dream about a convertible ride along California’s coastal highway. Even if you hate country, give ’em a chance 😉 They’re pretty upbeat and pop-y.

We have a business road trip coming up so we’re crossing our fingers for warm, sunny weather. I have this happy little vision of cruising down the road with sunglasses on, windows down, and this playlist pumping through the car!

Are you a fan of country music? What songs would you add to my playlist?

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38 thoughts on “Windows Down, Radio Up (a playlist)

  1. I LOVE country music BUT I have one stipulation, it has to be sung by women. I’m weird right? Give me all the Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood or Trisha Yearwood.

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    1. Hahaha- nothing wrong with that stipulation! Your comment made me realize that I let men totally overtake my list. Whoops! I really love Miranda’s ‘Tin Man’… but it’s not really a jolly song. Haha

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  2. Playlists are some of my favorite kinds of blog posts to read and to write. Have you heard Greatest Love Story by LANCO? They’re country/folk rock and that song is a current favorite of mine.

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  3. I’ve never been a fan of country music, but I will say, some of it is growing on me – so I’ll have to check out your playlist & see if any of them speak to me 🙂

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  4. Err ….. no, I’m not a fan of country music. I grew up in a place where it dominates but it was never my jam. I will say, however, that it has improved significantly from when I was growing. Back then, it was all twang and now there is a song or two I don’t mind. But I do love a good road trip with your favorite music blaring, windows down and sunglasses on!

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    1. Hahahaha- no worries 🙂 I think I kept my playlist pretty twang-free, but I admit that sometimes I love me some old country. My dad is a BIG fan of classic country and I grew up listening to 90’s country… so I can stomach almost all of it. Ha!

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  5. I am strange when it comes to country music. I go through phases. One month I am so into it and then I get sick of it and can’t stand it for a while. Currently I am SO into it! Love the list.

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    1. I listen to a broad spectrum of music so sometimes I’m *really* not feeling country. Some days it’s rock, some days it Top 40, some days it’s Disney music or movie scores. Haha!

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    1. I often think about sharing music or playlists but I’ve never done it. I figured the warm weather was a good enough reason to post something. Hopefully next time it’s something you’ll like a little better, ha!

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  6. i don’t know any of these songs! hahaha. i used to LOVE – like hardcore LOVE – country music, but it kind of fizzled out over the years. it was the reason i came to the US in the first place though, to go to 2 rascal flatts concerts (yes, really). then my second trip was to the CMA fest (so fun!). i still like all the music i used to like, but i don’t really seek out new stuff (i despise the actual radio haha) and i don’t know most old stuff because i didn’t start listening to it till i was.. 24 or 25? i think? it was not big at home at all. it might be getting bigger, or some people crossed over to normal radio, like keith urban and shania twain.. yep, they are my examples and i’m sticking with them. anywho. that’s enough talk about my country music opinions haha.

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    1. I think it’s awesome that you’ve been to the CMA fest!! I’m going to a two-day, outdoor concert with my best friend in June and I am SO excited to see Zac Brown Band and Miranda Lambert!!

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  7. I’m Texan. I grew up around country music. But, I am not much of a fan of pop-y country. Old skool country and Texas (or outlaw) country (country with a little more Southern rock sound) ~ that’s the country I listen to, if I’m going to listen to country. Except for Keith Urban. I have a soft spot for Keith Urban. No shame.

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    1. My dad loves classic country (Conway through Dolly), I grew up on 90’s country, K comes from an Elvis-loving family, and we both listen to Top 40’s country music… so we’re all over the place. Ha! Sometimes I am *really* in the mood for some old skool country, so I understand 🙂

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  8. This is great! Thanks for sharing. I love country music but usually just get a playlist from Google Play or something. I don’t know much about it so this will be so fun to try out!

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  9. “Springsteen” by Eric Church is stuck in my head right now. Check out Granger Smith and Aaron Watson; they are two guys who understand that country is not pop/dance. (I like some songs in that genre, but I don’t want them to be called country).

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  10. YAY! You know I love a good playlist!!! Turning this on right now (since if I have to listen to the tinny Old McDonald sounds from one of Aiden’s toys for ONE more minute I might lose it 😉

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  11. Oh boy. Country music is not my jam. I grew up with some serious ’90’s country on constantly. Every once in a while I get to craving that and I’ll look it up online. I love Dolly and some of the classic artists…. I can sometimes handle Jennifer Nettles/Sugarland (mostly because I love her!) haha. I guess I’m getting less picky, but the twang is still tough for me. However, watching Hart of Dixie always makes me more susceptible to it’s charms. hhe I hope that you have a great road trip!! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    1. Hahahahahahaha! I actually HATE Sugarland/Jennifer Nettles. Ha! It’s so funny how some music or some artists appeal to some people and others don’t. I haven’t watched Hart of Dixie but I love that it’s making you just a little more “country”! Ha!

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  12. If there’s one thing (of the many things) I miss about a car it’s being able to drive along and listen to your favourite music.

    Especially when it’s a long drive and I’m alone. Late at night is my favourite time to drive with the music on. It’s just fun to belt out a tune when no ones around to see and hear you.

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