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My 300 Favorite Songs of All Time

January 12, 2016

Forget the past decade. Forget my lifetime (I was born in 1978).

Today, I’m bringing you my 300 Favorite Songs of All Time.

Now, before we get started, here are a few things:

#1: This is across all genres. While I seem to be known for my love of country music, I have a wide selection of music I’ve listened to my entire life. Therefore, this list is going to be all over the map.

Heck, country music might only make up 20-25% or less of the final list.

#2: Songs didn’t have to be radio hits, or even singles, to make the list. My favorite songs aren’t tied to the airplay they received.

#3: There have been so many songs written/recorded, that I am bound to have forgotten a few. I wouldn’t be surprised if I forgot one of my all time favorites. It’s hard to remember every song you love!

#4: I’m not a professional writer or reviewer. This was for fun. Don’t freak out if you don’t like the order. This is my personal favorites list, not based on airplay, single or album sales etc… ūüôā

#5: A few songs may be headscratchers. Like “why would he like THIS song???”. Remember…I have three kids. Some of these songs they listen to over and over and over again. Therefore, they either 1) have gotten stuck in my head and I love them or 2) bring back great memories of singing and dancing with kids. Simple as that.

Got it? Good! So here we go with #300:

300. “Lose Yourself“, Eminem

299. “Ramblin’ Man“, The Allman Brothers

298. “Symphony of Destruction“, Megadeath

297. “Lemonade“, Tsunami Bomb

296. “My Town“, Montgomery Gentry

295. “Run“, George Strait

294. “What Do I Have to Do“, Stabbing Westward

293. “Undone (The Sweater Song)“, Weezer

292. “O.P.P.“, Naughty by Nature

291. “Let Her Cry“, Hootie and the Blowfish

290. “Head Like a Hole“, Nine Inch Nails

289.”Brand New Man“, Brooks and Dunn

288. “I Got 5 on It“, Luniz

287. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston“, Dropkick Murphys

286. “Steal My Sunshine“, Len

285. “Machinehead“, Bush

284. “Jump Around“, House of Pain

283. “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful“, Sammy Kershaw

282. “More Human Than Human“, White Zombie

281. “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak“, Def Leppard

280. “Little Red Rodeo“, Phil Vassar

279. “The Middle“, Jimmy Eat World

278. “Top of the World“, Van Halen

277. “God Only Knows“, The Beach Boys

276. “Stuart and the Avenue“, Green Day

275. “I Wish“, Skee Lo

274. “How Do You Like Me Now?“, Toby Keith

273. “Plush“, Stone Temple Pilots

272. “Born to Run“, Bruce Springsteen

271. “Sharp Dressed Man“, ZZ Top

270. “Welcome to the Future“, Brad Paisley

269. “Interstate Love Song“, Stone Temple Pilots

268. “Comedown“, Bush

267. “I Can’t Drive 55“, Sammy Hagar

266. “Good Day to Run“, Darryl Worley

265. “Nuthin’ But a G Thang“, Dr. Dre

264. “Country Man“, Luke Bryan

263. “Kickstart My Heart“, Motley Crue

262. “Push“, Matchbox Twenty

261. “Down in a Hole“,¬†Alice in Chains

260. “Sorry“, Nerf Herder

259. “Invisible Touch“, Genesis

258. “Austin“, Blake Shelton

257. “Gangsta’s Paradise“, Coolio

256. “Strawberry Wine“, Deana Carter

255. “The Bad Touch“, Bloodhound Gang

254. “California Gurls“, Katy Perry

253. “You“, Candlebox

252. “First Date“, Blink 182

251. “Yes“, Chad Brock

250. “Somebody to Shove“, Soul Asylum

249. “Party Rock Anthem“, LMFAO

248. “Why Do You Want Him“, Green Day

247. “Laredo” Chris Cagle

246. “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)“, The Offspring

245. “Three Little Pigs“, Green Jelly

244. “Eruption/You Really Got Me“, Van Halen

243. “Walk This Way“, Aerosmith and Run DMC

242. “Be Alright“, Dean Lewis

241. “Mama, I’m Coming Home“, Ozzy Osbourne

240. “Rock the Casbah“, The Clash

239. “I Like It, I Love It“, Tim McGraw

238. “Closer“, Nine Inch Nails

237. “Buddy Holly“, Weezer

236. “Dream On“, Aerosmith

235. “Rumor Has It“, Clay Walker

234. “End of the Line“, Traveling Wilburys

233. “Two Princes“, Spin Doctors

232. “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That“, Meatloaf

231. “Highway to Hell“, AC-DC

230. “Authority Song“, John Mellencamp

229. “One“, Metallica

228. “Bust a Move“,¬†Young MC

227. “Where is the Love?“, The Black Eyed Peas

226. “Summer of ’69“,¬†Bryan Adams

225. “Legs“, ZZ Top

224. “One for the Razorbacks“, Green Day

223. “Blister in the Sun“, Violent Femmes

222. “Solsbury Hill“, Peter Gabriel

221. “Walking in Memphis“, Marc Cohn

220. “Twilight Zone“, Golden Earring

219. “She Couldn’t Change Me“, Montgomery Gentry

218. “Iris“, Goo Goo Dolls

217. “Not Ready to Make Nice“, Dixie Chicks

216. “Where the Streets Have No Name“, U2

215. “Boys of Summer“, Don Henley

214. “Self Esteem“, The Offspring

213. “Meet in the Middle“, Diamond Rio

212. “Anthem“, Zebrahead

211. “The Waiting” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

210. “Armatage Shanks“, Green Day

209. “Sold (The Grundy County Auction)“, John Michael Montgomery

208. “You Might Think“, The Cars

207. “Jeremy“, Pearl Jam

206. “Pull Me Under“, Dream Theater

205. “Cemetery Gates“, Pantera

204. “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart“, Old Dominion

203. “Take Me Home Tonight“,¬†Eddie Money

202. “Got My Mind Set On You“, George Harrison

201. “Tonight, Tonight“, Smashing Pumpkins

200. Losing My Religion“, REM

199. “Hold My Hand“, Hootie and the Blowfish

198. “Beverly Hills“, Weezer

197. “Playmate of the Year“, Zebrahead

196. “Bawitdaba“,¬†Kid Rock

195. “My Own Worst Enemy“, Lit

194. “Lonely and Gone“, Montgomery Gentry

193. “Santa Monica“,¬†Everclear

192. “Cryin’” Aerosmith

191. “No Sleep Till Brooklyn“, Beastie Boys

190. “Don’t Come Around Here No More“, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

189. “London Calling“, The Clash

188. “I’m Alright“, Phil Vassar

187. “Tha Crossroads“, Bone Thugs N Harmony

186. “Die Young“, Ke$ha

185. “2,000 Light Years Away“, Green Day

184. “Come Cryin’ to Me“, Lonestar

183. “Radar Love“, Golden Earring

182. “U Can’t Touch This“, M.C. Hammer

181. “She Drives Me Crazy“, Fine Young Cannibals

180. “Epic“, Faith No More

179. “Regulate“, Warren G featuring Nate Dogg

178. “Panama“, Van Halen

177. “You Can Call Me Al“, Paul Simon

176. “The World I Know“,¬†Collective Soul

175. “Spirit of the Radio“, Rush

174. “Man on the Moon“, REM

173. “Red Dirt Road“, Brooks & Dunn

172. “Spiderwebs“, No Doubt

171. “Drunk on a Plane“, Dierks Bentley

170. “Shoebox“, Barenaked Ladies

169. “Hard to Handle“, The Black Crowes

168. “Kryptonite“, 3 Doors Down

167. “1985“,¬†Bowling for Soup

166. “Gone“, Montgomery Gentry

165. “Right Now“, Van Halen

164. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For“, U2

163. “Bro Hymn“, Pennywise

162. “Something Like That“, Tim McGraw

161. “What I Got“, Sublime

160. “Beat of the Music“, Brett Eldredge

159. “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions“, Queen

158. “Home Sweet Home“, Motley Crue

157. “Thunderstruck“, AC-DC

156. Every Breath You Take“, The Police

155. How Long Gone“, Brooks & Dunn

154. “Roots Radicals“, Rancid

153. Baby Got Back“, Sir-Mix-A-Lot¬† ¬†¬†

152. “Only the Good Die Young“, Billy Joel

151. “Copperhead Road“, Steve Earle

150. “Holiday“, Green Day

149. “Hello Tomorrow“, Zebrahead

148. “When You Say Nothing at All“, Keith Whitley

147. “Somebody to Love“, Queen¬†¬†

146. “Already Gone“,¬†The Eagles

145. “Slide“, Goo Goo Dolls

144. “Independence Day“, Martina McBride¬†

143. “Mr. Jones“, Counting Crows¬†

142. “Pantera Fans in Love“, Nerf Herder

141. “Wagon Wheel“, Darius Rucker

140. “Friends in Low Places”¬†Garth Brooks

139. Feeling This“, Blink 182

138. “Amazed“, Lonestar

137. Jump“, Van Halen¬†

136. “Eastbound and Down“, Jerry Reed

135. “Today“, Smashing Pumpkins

134. “Keep in Mind“, LOCASH

133. “Mother“, Danzig

132. “Speed“, Montgomery Gentry

131. “Killing in the Name“, Rage Against the Machine

130. “November Rain“, Guns & Roses

129. “I Walk the Line“, Johnny Cash¬†

128. “Janie’s Got a Gun“, Aerosmith

127. “Stacy’s Mom“, Fountains of Wayne

126. “Learning to Fly“, Pink Floyd

125. “Small Town Saturday Night“, Hal Ketchum

124. “Life, In A Nutshell“, Barenaked Ladies

123. “Redneck Yacht Club“, Craig Morgan

122. “Santeria“, Sublime

121. “Crazy Train“, Ozzy Osbourne

120. “Shut Up and Dance“, Walk the Moon

119. “You Give Love a Bad Name“, Bon Jovi

118. I Hope You Dance“, Lee Ann Womack¬†¬†

117. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)“, Green Day

116. “Hunger Strike“, Temple of the Dog

115. Queen of My Double Wide Trailer“, Sammy Kershaw¬†¬†

114. “Sell Out“, Reel Big Fish

113. “Sweet Child O’ Mine“, Guns & Roses

112. “Blue Clear Sky“, George Strait¬†

111. “Wonderwall“, Oasis

110. “How Forever Feels“, Kenny Chesney

109. “Semi-Charmed Life“, Third Eye Blind

108. “Money for Nothing“, Dire Straits ¬†

107. “I Won’t Back Down“, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

106. “Good Directions“,¬†Billy Currington

105. “Everything About You“, Ugly Kid Joe

104. “I Hold On“, Dierks Bentley

103. Girl All the Bad Guys Want“, Bowling for Soup

102. “The Anthem“, Good Charlotte

101. “Take it Easy“,¬†The Eagles

100. “Dreams“, Van Halen

99. “She’s With Me“, High Valley

98. “You Gotta Fight For Your Right to Party“, Beastie Boys ¬†

97. “Stay a Little Longer“,¬†Brothers Osborne¬†

96. Hey Ya“, OutKast

95. “Paper Lanterns“, Green Day

94. “Only in America“, Brooks & Dunn¬†

93. “Down Under“, Men at Work

92. Long Way Down“, Goo Goo Dolls¬†

91. “Tubthumping“, Chumbawumba¬†

90. “Ruby Soho“, Rancid

89. “Peace of Mind“, Boston

88. “Beers Ago“, Toby Keith

87. “Centerfield“,¬†John Fogerty

86. “Beer“, Reel Big Fish

85. “Minority“, Green Day

84. “Ring of Fire“, Johnny Cash

83. “I Want You to Want Me“, Cheap Trick

82. “She’s Got it All“, Kenny Chesney¬†¬†

81. “Learning to Fly“, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

80. “Baba O’ Riley“, The Who

79. “Smoke“, A Thousand Horses

78. “Paint it Black“, Rolling Stones

77. “Gone Country“, Alan Jackson

76. “Here I Go Again“, Whitesnake

75. “Real“, James Wesley

74. Any Way You Want It“, Journey

73. “Straight Tequila Night“, John Anderson

72. “Layla“, Derek and the Dominos

71. “Should’ve Been a Cowboy“, Toby Keith

70. “Cruise“, Florida Georgia Line

69. “Come on Eileen“, Dexys Midnight Runners

68. “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love“,¬†Van Halen

67. “I’m Leaving You“, The Scorpions

66. “Fool in the Rain“, Led Zeppelin

65. “Down on the Corner“, Creedence Clearwater Revival

64. “Song of the South“, Alabama

63. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door“, Guns & Roses

62. Mama Tried“, Merle Haggard¬†¬†

61. “California Love“, Tupac and Dr. Dre

60. “Stand By Me“, Ben E. King

59. “Good Morning Beautiful“, Steve Holy

58. “The Joker“, Steve Miller Band

57. “What’s My Age Again?“, Blink 182

56. We’re Not Gonna Take It“, Twisted Sister

55. “Sweet Home Alabama“, Lynyrd Skynyrd

54. “Enter Sandman“, Metallica

53. “When I Come Around“, Green Day

52. “The Dance“, Garth Brooks

51. “Hotel California“, The Eagles

50. Smells Like Teen Spirit“, Nirvana¬†

49. “Africa“, Toto

48. “Welcome to the Jungle“, Guns & Roses

47. “If I Had a Million Dollars“, Barenaked Ladies

46. “Into the Great Wide Open“, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

45. “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas“, Alabama

44. “Angel“, Aerosmith

43. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn“, Poison

42. “18 and Life“, Skid Row

41. “Dust on the Bottle“, David Lee Murphy

40. “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper“, Blue Oyster Cult

39. “Paradise City“, Guns & Roses ¬†

38. “Hey Jealousy“, Gin Blossoms

37. “Bohemian Rhapsody“, Queen

36. “Seek and Destroy“, Metallica

35. “John Deere Green“, Joe Diffie¬†¬†

34. “I Wanna Be Sedated“, The Ramones

33. “One“, U2

32. Devil Went Down to Georgia“, The Charlie Daniels Band

31. “I Remember You“, Skid Row

30. “We Didn’t Start the Fire“, Billy Joel

29. “Sound of Silence“, Simon and Garfunkel

28. “Even if it Breaks Your Heart“, Eli Young Band

27. “Freebird“, Lynyrd Skynyrd

26. “Standing Outside the Fire“, Garth Brooks

25. “Livin’ on a Prayer“, Bon Jovi

24. “Back in Black“, AC-DC

23. “Basket Case“, Green Day

22. “Fade to Black“, Metallica

21. “Pour Some Sugar on Me“, Def Leppard

20. In Your Eyes“, Peter Gabriel¬†

19. “Life’s a Dance“, John Michael Montgomery

18. “Under the Bridge“, Red Hot Chili Peppers

17. “More Than a Feeling“, Boston

16. “Don’t Stop Believin’“, Journey

15. “Save Tonight“, Eagle Eye Cherry

14. “Rock You Like a Hurricane“, The Scorpions

13. “You Shook Me All Night Long“, AC-DC

12. “Carry on Wayward Son“, Kansas

11. “Let it Be“, The Beatles

10. “Life is a Highway“, Tom Cochrane

9. “My Maria“, Brooks & Dunn

8. “Stairway to Heaven“, Led Zeppelin

7. “I’m in A Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)“, Alabama

6. “Damnit“, Blink 182

5. “Free Fallin’“, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

4. “Piano Man“, Billy Joel

3. “Callin’ Baton Rouge“, Garth Brooks

2. “American Pie“, Don McLean

1. “With or Without You“, U2

Well, there it is. All 300 of them. Like I said before, these are my 300 favorites of all time.

What are yours?

Joaquin Phoenix Jumps into Crowd at Miami Concert

March 12, 2009

Joaquin Phoenix jumped into the crowd of a Miami Beach club early this morning and confronted an audience member who was heckling him.

Crazy or hoax? What do you think about the whole Joaquin Phoenix story?


Joaquin Phoenix appears to be taking this whole hip-hop thing pretty seriously. Because last night, he got gangster.

During a performance at LIV, the swanky nightclub located at Miami’s Fountainebleau Hotel, early Thursday morning (March 12), Phoenix ‚ÄĒ who was reportedly scheduled to take the stage at 10 p.m. but didn’t do so until 2 a.m. ‚ÄĒ took issue with a heckler in the audience, leaping off the stage and attempting to pound on the man before being dragged away by security.

Of course, before he could get to the beatdown, Phoenix gave the unidentified heckler a sound tongue-lashing, stopping mid-rap to announce “We have a b—h in the audience!” before pointing at the heckler and shouting “I’ve got a million dollars in my f—-ing bank account, what the f— have you got?”

As clubgoers cheered, Phoenix, dressed in a dark suit with matching shades, his hair and beard wild as ever, dropped his mike and proceeded to pounce into the crowd. He scuffled with the heckler while LIV security attempted to separate the two and the crowd chanted “Joa-quin! Joa-quin!”

Phoenix was then escorted back the stage by security, while the house DJ urged the crowd to “make some noise!” and then playfully asked “Is that it?” Phoenix then resumed his set.

Hours after the incident, footage had already appeared on YouTube, and several outlets reported that Phoenix’s brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, was also on hand to shoot the fight, leading some to believe that this is just another step in an increasingly complex prank the pair are playing on the media.

Dr. Dre’s Son Found Dead

August 27, 2008

UPDATE: The cause of death has been determined to be a heroin overdose.

The son of rap legend Dr. Dre was found dead over the weekend in his Woodland Hills home according to coroner’s officials in Los Angeles.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Andre R. Young Jr. had been out with friends the night before and was discovered in his bed by his mother at 10:24 a.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said.

Andre Young Sr., professionally known as Dr. Dre, released a statement to the media through a representative.

“Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family’s grief and privacy at this time,” his publicist, Lori Earl, said in the statement.

Young Jr. was the subject of a paternity dispute in 1990 when his mother, Jenita Porter, filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre in Orange County Superior Court, seeking $5,000-a-month child support.

She said in the suit that although Young promised to support their then 2-year-old son before his birth, she had received only a small amount of cash, a few gifts and diapers during their four-year relationship.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but the cause of death wasn’t likely to be determined for eight weeks while toxicology tests are done.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Dre has become one of the biggest hitmakers in the hip hop industry. The founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment helped change the face of music by innovating the sound of gangsta rap with his incendiary group N.W.A. in the 1980s. My heart goes out to Dr. Dre and his family.