Thursday, December 24, 2020


Maya Angelou once said that music was her refuge, a space to crawl between the notes when she needed a place to get away from the darkness of the world and I don't think anyone can argue that in 2020, a year when negativity has been at the highest levels many of us have never seen until now, music has been one thing that we have been able to depend on. It's never let us down, it's been there 24 hours a day and will continue to be there to see us through to a brighter place. 

This year, I'm not doing my standard "Top 50 Songs" list like I normally do because it hasn't been a standard year. These 50 songs, in no particular order, style or date of release (some are older, some are new), have been my place to shut out the noise and tune into something good. They helped me cry when I needed to or just dance when I needed to. These were my places to "hide".

Thank you to the artists, songwriters, musicians, and everyone involved in creating my escape. You are so much appreciated and just know that even though it's been hard on you, your talent has made it easier for so many others so this year was a success in that regard. You are important, you are needed and you are "essential". 

1.) "A Better Man" - Jared Blake

2.) "Ballad of Me, Myself and I" - Boo Radley

3.) "Hole in the Bottle" - Kelsea Ballerini

4.) "Remember To Dance" - Jack Schneider, Vince Gill

5.) "Wyoming" - Skip Ewing

6.) "You Won't See Me Cry" - Cash Creek

7.) "Some People Do" - Old Dominion

8.) "Tough People Do" - Jason Matthews

9.) "I Know You Won't (Live)" - Wendell Mobley

10.) "Anywhere But Here" - Brice Long

11.) "Faith Like That" - Gordon Mote

12.) "Leave Something Behind" - Chris Wallin

13.) "Think of Me" - Jesse Keith Whitley, Lorrie Morgan

14.) "Humble and Kind" - Lori McKenna

15.) "God's Got This" - Frank Myers

16.) "I'm Not Going Anywhere" - Kelly Lang

17.) "More Hearts Than Mine"- Ingrid Andress

18.) "Nashville, TN" - Chris Stapleton

19.) "Song Don't Fail Me Now" - Gabe Dixon, Bonnie Bishop

20.) "Whiskey and Rain" - Michael Ray

21.) "Times Like These" - Jack Ingram

22.) "Girl Goin' Nowhere" - Ashley McBryde

23.) "Shine a Little Love" - Brian Collins

24.) "Hey World" - Lee Brice

25.) "You First" - Mac McAnally

26.) "Just the Way" - Parmalee, Blanco Brown

27.) "You Ain't Pretty" - Nate Barnes

28.) "Song In a Car" - Yesterday's Wine (Levi Lowrey, Wyatt Durrette)

29.) "No Stone Unturned” - Randy Houser

30.) "Boy With a Guitar" - Jason Blaine

31.) "Through My Ray-Bans" - Eric Church

32.) "Perfect to Me" - Clark Hill

33.) "Some People Piss Me Off" - Matt Kennon

34.) "Heart of a Hero" - Steve Holy

35.) "Heaven is a Small Town" - Dexter Roberts

36.) "Better Me" - Montgomery Gentry

37.) "Love Me When I'm Leaving" - Texas Hill

38.) "Things a Man Oughta Know" - Lainey Wilson

39.) "Sippin' on the Simple Life" - Craig Morgan

40.) "Mind on Fishin" - Trace Adkins

41.) "Where I Find God" - Larry Fleet

42.) "Whatcha Drinkin' 'Bout" - Stephanie Quayle

43.) "Nowhere Near Done" - Ray Scott

44.) "It Ain't My Fault" - Brothers Osborne

45.) "Back" - Mercy Shine

46.) "Jersey on the Wall" - Tenille Townes

47.) "On My Way to You" - Cody Johnson

48.) "Cold Bud" - George Ducas

49.) "Beers to Catch Up On" - LoCash

50.) "The Right Person" - Jackson Forrest

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