A sweet, romantic song by Keith Urban.
I love everything about the Rock of Ages movie–the A-list cast, the over the top song numbers, Catherine Zeta-Jones spanking Bryan Cranston with a ruler.
So while this isn’t the best version of Don’t Stop Belivin’, it’s my favorite.
So sue me.
I love the idea of putting everything in the car, flipping a coin, and heading out into the great unknown.
This KT Oslin video is a sequel of sorts to her 80’s Ladies video.
It’s a simple song about a mother’s love. Everyone should have someone they know will always come back for them, no matter what.
I’ve been hearing this song since the day I was born.
I can close my eyes and see my mom cleaning the house, with Janie Frickie keeping her company while I did my homework.
Holly Williams debuted on the Ultimate Playlist at #36 with her song Gone Away From Me.
But she’s so good she needs at least one more entry.
This is good, heartbreaking, gravel-toned country music. The way they used to make it, and the way Holly Williams is still making it.
When I was seventeen, I got my first job, selling CDs at Circuit City.
When I got my first paycheck, I bought the Hope Floats soundtrack, and thus began my music collection that grows to this day.
Great movie, great song, sung here by Garth Brooks.
This is a song about show business, but I think it’s about life.
There’s a man out here throws knives at a target with a blindfold on
And the wheel spins round and the knives bear down til they find their home
And I can feel the rush and the whoosh of every blade of steel
Cause I am the woman on the wheel
Sometimes i get lonely sometimes i get scared but most times bored
Sometimes i ask god please god just show me just what’s behind that door
As if god was Monty Hall and this was Let’s Make A Deal
And I am the woman on the wheel
We never know what knives life is going to throw at us, and if they are going to land or miss us by a hair.
A few days after 9/11, I went to see The Clarks at bar called the Crowbar in Penn State. At one point, the band played America the Beautiful in honor of those who’d lost their lives.
Now the Crow Bar is gone, and that particular version of America the Beautiful is gone, lost to the moment in a pre-smartphone world. I can’t add it to this Ultimate Playlist, but I remember standing in the Crowbar with tears streaming down my face. It’s hard to remember how uncertain those times felt. We didn’t know then that there wouldn’t be another full scale terrorist attack. We just knew we had each other.
After they played America the Beautiful, they played Penny On The Floor, which was always my favorite Clarks song. Now it takes on a whole new resonance. Now when I hear Penny On The Floor, I hear America the Beautiful, and I am once again in that bar, in that moment, on that day.
Garth Brooks covers this (or at least he used to) at the end of all of his concerts. I remember him saying once that he had no idea what the song was about, and he didn’t care, he still loved it.
I feel the same way. Take it away, Don McLean…