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?

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

  1. Elyse April 18, 2017 / 9:05 am

    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.


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      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


  2. StephTheBookworm April 18, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Yes, a fellow country music lover! I often get weird looks about my love for country music… it seems to be either a love it or hate it kind of thing.


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 6:20 pm

      It’s definitely a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing! Glad to hear you’re in the ‘love it’ category!


  3. Karen April 18, 2017 / 10:42 am

    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.


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      I have! I’m actually not a fan of the song, but I don’t know why… Ha! Some songs I love and some I just don’t. Ha.


  4. Rebecca Jo April 18, 2017 / 10:54 am

    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 🙂


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Hmmm… I’m curious to know if you liked any of them. Haha! Not everyone likes country music and I can totally respect that 😉


  5. chelsea @ the new wifestyle April 18, 2017 / 11:20 am

    i TOTALLY love country – especially when i can roll my windows down and feel like i’m in a music video (sunshine, sun glasses and loud music). totally going to play this today!


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      I hope it put you in a summer-lovin’ good mood!


  6. A Mindful Migration (@MindfulMigrate) April 18, 2017 / 11:26 am

    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!


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      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!


  7. kairhart April 18, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    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.


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      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!


  8. SMD @ Life According to Steph April 18, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Not a huge country fan. But I also like music and also really never share playlists so I like when people do share them.


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      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!


  9. kristen April 18, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    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.


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      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!!


  10. Lindsay April 18, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I have never heard any of these songs! Clearly I’m behind!


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      Hahaha- well, maybe you’ll like them! Lol


  11. Lauren Becker April 18, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I do like country music – I’m a big fan of the songs from the 90’s like Garth Brooks, Reba, Martina McBride, Shania Twain, etc. I do like some of the newer girls though like Cam, Maren Morris, and Kacey Musgrave.



    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      I really like 90’s country, too 🙂 Kacey Musgraves is becoming a favorite of mine, as well! She’s super talented!


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Hahaha! That’s ok! Those were pretty good decades for music, too! And these are all pretty new 😉


  12. texerinsydney April 19, 2017 / 3:24 am

    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.


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      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 🙂


  13. Nadine April 19, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Love it! Tim McGraw and Sam Hunt are two of my favorite country boys. I also really like anything Keith Urban does and Lee Brice too.


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Yesss! Sam Hunt is so dang attractive. Er, I mean talented 😉 Tim is one of my favs.
      75% of Lee Brice songs makes me cry. Hahaha!


  14. Carolann April 19, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    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!


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Yay! I’m glad I contributed to your daily jams! K likes to listen to entire albums all the way through but I like a nice mix of artist 🙂


  15. Robin April 19, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    “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).


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      I’ll have to check those guys out! Thanks!


  16. Julie Hood April 20, 2017 / 7:58 am

    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 😉


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Hahahaha- I hope this brought you some relief from the kiddie songs 😀


  17. simplyalexandra12 April 20, 2017 / 11:04 am

    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


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      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!


  18. lifeasunusuals April 20, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    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.


    • Louise April 21, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Ooooh- yes. Long drives or road trips are my absolute favorite time to blast some music and belt it out! 🙂


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