THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE (SO FAR)

Yep, it's just as random as you would expect it to be.
  1. "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher
    I don't actually remember the first time I heard this song, just that it's been there as far back as my memories go.
  2. "Elvira" by The Oak Ridge Boys
    According to my parents, you could say Elvira and I would do the Giddy Up, Oom Poppa Oom Poppa Mow Mow bit.
  3. "I Was Country (When Country Wasn't Cool)" by Barbara Mandrell
    I remember what a big deal it was when my mom would pull out her record player and play Barbara Mandrell's greatest hits. Little did either of us realize that she was laying the groundwork for my love of vinyl later on in life.
  4. "Are You Lonesome Tonight" by Elvis Presley
    My maternal grandmother passed away when I was four after a long battle with Alzheimer's & dementia so I don't have a lot of clear memories of her. But as much as I regret not getting the chance to know her, I was lucky because my mom's oldest sister stepped in & filled that role for my brother & me. She was awesome from coming to Grandparents' Day at school to her love of Elvis. Ten years after her passing, I still pull out my iPod and cue up my Elvis playlist whenever my heart aches for her.
  5. "Rockin' Robin" by Michael Jackson
    My mom had this on a little 45 record that she got out of a cereal box when she was a kid. She ended up having to hide it because my brother listened to it nonstop. (I recently found it stuck down in the cover of my Rumours album.)
  6. "Papa Loved Mama" by Garth Brooks
    A lot of memories of my dad singing along to this one while taking me back and forth to daycare. (It would take me until I was fifteen, however, to realize that in spite of its upbeat pace, the song itself is pretty dark and morbid.)
  7. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" by Shania Twain
    At six, this was my favorite song and the only thing I wanted in the world- aside from a pony- was to see her sing it in person. At twenty-six, I finally got to make that childhood wish come true.
  8. "I Like It, I Love It" by Tim McGraw
    My brother was OBSESSED with this song to the point that he would pitch a fit every time we got in the car until one of our parents put it on. Needless to say, we all did a Hallelujah dance when the tape got left out on a scorcher of a day and ended up melting.
  9. "I'll Think of a Reason Later" by LeeAnn Womack
    Ugh, I listened to this song on repeat after I found out that my boyfriend, Tony was three timing me with two other girls. Second grade love was hard, y'all.
  10. "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" by Dusty Springfield
    A classic by Gerry Goffin and Carole King that gave me my first lesson about heartbreak and longing in less than three minutes.
  11. "Believe" by Cher
    I remember watching a concert of hers on television back in like '99. Four years later, she would be my first concert ever.
  12. "When Will I Be Loved" by Linda Ronstadt
    I was the last one of my friends to start dating so while they were going to the movies and walking around the mall with their boyfriends, I was at home, listening to this song and wondering WHEN would I be loved. (Oh, what a foolish and somewhat dramatic girl I was.)
  13. "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
    This was the song that made me sit up and realize that there was an entire world of music beyond whatever my local country radio station was playing. (Bucket list item: see The Boss live)
  14. "Milkshake" by Kelis
    This was playing the first time I ever got completely snockered (my mom's friend's term for drunk). To this day, I still get a headache and a little pukey whenever I hear it. (To be fair, I'm sure there were other songs- like 50 Cent's "In Da Club"- playing but this is the only one I can clearly remember on a night that I, um, don't exactly have a lot of memories of.)
  15. "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John
    The song of my first car and the first real taste of freedom that came with it.
  16. "Better Together" by Jack Johnson
    The opening track on the mix CD from the first guy who ever held my heart.
  17. "American Pie" by Don McLean
    The first anxiety attack I ever had led me to spend an entire night listening to this song over and over and over again.
  18. "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac
    It's a breakup anthem, yes, but it's also the phrase I wear on my necklace as a reminder to...well, always go my own way.
  19. "I'll Fly Away" by Gaither Vocal Band
    I had a nervous breakdown my freshman year of college. For three months after that, I spent almost every day sitting on my grandparents' couch, watching the Gaither Vocal Band specials with my grandfather. One day, he looked over at me and said, "You know you're going to be okay, right?" I didn't, but he did and right then, that was enough.
  20. "This One's For the Girls" by Martina McBride
    The source of a lot of dance parties with my best friends as we pulled all night study sessions for exams, prepared for first dates with whatever oh-so-cute guy we were infatuated with, and solved the problems of our worlds.
  21. "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt
    Bonnie Raitt is hands down one of my favorite songwriters and this one in particular is perfection. But the reason it makes this list is because I listened to it on an almost constant loop for a week solid after breaking up for the final time with the guy I mistook to be the love of my life.
  22. "Rolling In the Deep" by Adele
    **the picking up the million pieces of my heart and gluing them back together sequence**
  23. "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift
    A couple of years ago, I ran into that ex and his fiancée and I wondered if he drew stars on her hand so she could always find her way home again or had taken her out to that tree behind his house where he carved his initials as high as he could climb it. Mostly though, I wondered if she knew that the hat he was wearing used to belong to another girl who once thought she had a forever with him too. (They did get married and, as far as I know, are very happy.)
  24. (How did I know it was my hat? The blue paint stain it had on it, which I made while working on an art project.... Man, do I miss that hat.)
  25. "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves
    The basic philosophy of my life rolled up into three minutes and twenty-one seconds of awesome.
  26. "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
    If my heartbeat was a song, this would be it.
  27. "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
    "Here comes the sun, and I say it's all right" And you know what? Maybe it is, or at least it will be eventually.