Playlist – Oklahoma

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. Garth Brooks – Friends In Low Places
Hey, remember when Garth Brooks decided to take the alter ego Chris Gaines? Yet, his real name in Troyal? All this confusion makes me want to slip on down to the oasis. If we lived in Yukon, Oklahoma from where Mr. Brooks hails, our oasis would be Tapwerks in Oklahoma City, about 15 minutes away.

2. Joe Diffie – Third Rock From The Sun
Jackie loved the TV show of the same name, and was on the Joseph Gordon Levitt bandwagon well before 500 Days of Summer.

3. Toby Keith – Red Solo Cup
It’s official. According to Ryan Seacrest, this is this 2012’s “Spring Break Song” and we’re going to have to agree with him. Do you know how many “Red Solo Cup” parties we’ve seen at the most touristy of tourist places in the country? Key West, Panama City, New Orleans, Memphis, and Montgomery – every bar in America seems to be cashing in on this comedic song. Without fail some starry-eyed Midwesterner gushes “Ohhh! A Red Solo Cup Party!” It’s as cheesy as a Margaritaville or a t-shirts that reads, “Save a horse, ride a cowboy”.  Don’t let another country song sail you down a clichéd existence.

4.  Toby Keith – How Do You Like Me Now?!
Toby Keith is so awesome he gets two songs on this list. Red Solo Cup is the present, but “How Do You Like Me Now?” is part of our past. Every time Mark was right about something in college, he would yell/sing “HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?” …a little bit less after each time he said it, actually.

5. Reba McEntire – Is There Life Out There
Not only is Reba McEntire a 59-time Top Ten Hit maker, she’s also an author and actress, starting on Broadway and in the made for TV movie, Is There Life Out There, from which this song is from ( Often dubbed the “Queen of Country Music”, country music fans that we talk to actually change their intonation to a gushing whisper when they say the name “Reba”. Well Reba fans, now you know she’s also from the pan-shaped state.

6. Carrie Underwood – Cowboy Casanova
American Idol strikes AGAIN. Carried Underwood was the first place winner of the fourth season of Idol. When she sang “Alone” by Heart, Simon Cowell predicted that she would win and outsell all other Idol winners (see the clip of the performance below). With 12.4 million album sales, she leads the pack, though she trails Kelly in track sales and radio plays ( However, with a new album releasing in May, perhaps she will take the lead in all areas?

7.  Blake Shelton – Honey Bee
More singing competition influences make it into our playlist. The song’s about balance and harmony in a relationship one being a little hard, the other being a little soft…we get it. In our relationship here’s how we divide:
“Soft & Sweet” / “Strong & Steady”
Dividing along these lines simply doesn’t work for us. Jackie would be more “Soft and Strong” while Mark would be the more “Sweet and Steady”. BREAKING BARRIERS.

“Glass of Wine” / “Shot of Whiskey”
Actually, Jackie will have to take both of these. Mark prefers beer.

“Sunny Day” / “Shade Tree”
We ran the air conditioning unit on top of the RV into a tree today, so we’re a little off trees.

“Honeysuckle” / “Honey bee”
Neither of us want to be the honey bee. We hate bees.

8. Gordon Macrae – Oklahoma!
Probably the song most associated with the state of Oklahoma, this was the first musical written by the famed duo Rogers and Hammerstein.

9. Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up
We can say the name of this song because it was on the Billboard Charts. However, did we really need such an explicit proclamation?

10. Brooks & Dunn – Boot Scootin’ Boogie
You know what rhymes with Cadillac? Black Jack. You know what else? We really should have visited a honkey tonk to do some boot scootin. Anyone know a good place?

11. All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
Rock Band has also permeated several of our lists. The Rejects hail from Stillwater, OK, home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

12. Hanson – Mmmbop
Don’t act like you don’t get excited when this song comes on.

13.  Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
Using people isn’t very nice, but Anthony Caleb Followill’s voice is. The monstrously successful band hails from Albion, Oklahoma, population: 143.

14. Chris McLeod- Lasso the Moon
Although he calls Nashville, TN home, Chris McLeod spent several years in the Tulsa, OK music scene. When we first heard this song, we knew that we definitely wanted to include it on our playlist. Watch for his radio single “Whisper” coming out soon!

15. Vince Gill – What The Cowgirls Do
Do you know anything about cowgirls? Fear not, young padawan, Vince Gill will teach you.

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