Playlist — Missouri
Verbose as we are, there is no way we can spend the next year constantly
yelling talking to each other. Terrible as it may sound to the ears of an outsider, singing as loudly as possible is a frequent occurrence in The Highland Flinger (THF). We will make a playlist of what we’re slappin’ the air bass to. Each list will contain songs from artists/bands from the state or will allude to the state in some way.
1. Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
We spent 3 days in Sheryl’s hometown of Kennett, MO, and if you think that you grew up in a small town, think again. Also, Kennett is famously the hometown of Jackie’s grandmother. One degree away from Sheryl Crow! Take that Kevin Bacon.
2. David Nail – Let It Rain
David Nail is also from Kennett, MO. And this song just became popular. Boom.
3. David Cook – Come Back to Me
This American Idol winner hails from Blue Springs, MO. When will that show finally start to get popular?
4. Nelly – Country Grammar
Nelly and his St. Lunatics were influential in starting the Midwest hip-hop scene, starting in St. Louis. This first single takes its melody and some rhymes from the clapping game “Roller Coaster”.
5. Akon – Smack That
Akon is usually a guest artist singing the hook or just one line of a song. He’s been credited with over 300 guest appearances throughout his career, but also has his own music as well, including this song. We’ll leave it up to your imagination what is being “smacked”…
7. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
It was in St. Louis where Anna Mae Bullock met Ike Turner and became Tina Turner. After a tumultuous (and maybe even illegal) marriage, she asked this age old question in a song. So why isn’t there a question mark at the end of this song title?
8. Sara Evans – Born To Fly
Evans holds the distinction of being the only person to leave “Dancing With The Stars” in order to get a divorce. At least she can take solace in the fact that the “only” part of that statement won’t last forever.
9. The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
The title of this song is also what is inevitably yelled by one of us at some point during a long driving spell.
10. Puddle of Mudd – She Hates Me
Spend enough time with your wife in a 28×8 ft. RV, and you will utter those exact three words.
11. Never Shout Never – Trouble
Jackie’s sister’s favorite band makes an appearance on one of our playlists. You’re welcome, Britt!
12. Michael McDonald – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
Most people our age remember Michael McDonald playing in the background of the electronics store in 40 Year Old Virgin. As Paul Rudd would say, “Nothing against him, but if I hear ‘Yah Mo B There’ one more time, I’m going to ‘Yah Mo’ burn this place to the ground.”
13. Pat Metheny – Last Train Home
I’m pretty sure than any elevator you’ve ever been in that plays music is playing something from Pat Metheny.
14. The Pretty Reckless – Miss Nothing
Taylor Momsen played Cindy Lou Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, was almost Hannah Montana, and was on Gossip Girl. So how did she instead become the singer of a punk band at 16, and be such a mess? I blame Miley Cyrus.
15. Rhonda Vincent – Your Money And My Good Looks
It’s funny, those exact words were in my marriage proposal speech to Jackie. As in, “with your money and my good looks, this marriage will last forever!”