Southern Anthems

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The roots of America’s music are buried deep and wide across the South.  Many different forms of music were blended on the porches, in churches, in bars and on street corners: styles like Ragtime, Jazz, Blues, Country, Gospel, Zydeco, and Rock-n-Roll.  Music transcends barriers of all types and resonates deep within a person’s soul.

Doodlebug and I share a few song titles that are songs for southerners.  But, I’ve also compiled a playlist for you today of songs sung by southerners about the South.  I, also, included a few southerners, not singing about the South, but I couldn’t leave them out.  Also, I tried to give a sampling of some of the different styles of music that developed in the South.  You might be surprised that some of these musicians are southern.  I couldn’t include everyone and I’m sorry if I left off your favorite southern musician.  After I made the playlist, I thought of many more.

Southern Anthems

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What’s your favorite song about the South?



“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.”  Psalm 96:1  NIV Bible

Songs of My Childhood Playlist

Songs of My Childhood
I promise, cross my heart, this post will be the very last one celebrating my very BIG birthday!  I’ve had fun all month long making lists: here and here.  I really do appreciate y’all being patient with me and letting me carry on about my BIG day all month. 

Music has the power to speak when words can’t, to stir a heart into a form of expression such as sadness or joy, to transcend language and age barriers and to calm the spirit.  Music can also transport us to recall a certain time and place.  Today, I’m sharing a musical journey through my childhood with you.   I’ve loved listening to Sarah’s playlists at All Manner of Inspiration so much that I must credit her for giving me this idea to share with you.  She does fabulous playlists!  You can check out her 31 Day playlist series by clicking here.

All fifty songs in my playlist have a memory attached. I made my sweet daughter and daughter in law sit and listen as I told them the stories behind the songs.   Thank you sweetiepies for indulging me!  For instance, the very first song on the list is the first “radio” song that I remember.  I was 5 years old and the older kids in the neighborhood sang it.  By the lyrics, you’ll understand why the song made an impression on my big five year old self.

You KNOW your songs are oldies when they’re used as the background music for commercials! I hope you have a GREAT time listening to these “oldies”.   Enjoy!

And just in case the player doesn’t work, I’ve included the list below and a link to the playlist page.
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 Songs of My Childhood
Brand New Key –Melanie
Crocodile Rock — Elton John
ABC — Jackson 5
Puppy Love — Donny Osmond
Julie, Do Ya Love Me — Bobby Sherman
I’m a Believer — The Monkees
I’ve Got You Babe — Sonny & Cher
We’re an American Band — Grand Funk Railroad
I Honestly Love You — Olivia Newton John
Take Me Home, Country Road — John Denver
Love Will Keep Us Together — The Captain and Tenille
Stayin Alive — The Bee Gees
Just You And Me — Chicago
Soul Man — The Blues Brothers
The Logical Song — Supertramp
Hotel California — Eagles
Don’t Stop — Fleetwood Mac
Jump — Van Halen
Don’t Look Back — Boston
Cold As Ice — Foreigner
Black Water — The Doobie Brothers
Come Sail Away — Styx
I’m Alright — Kenny Loggins
We Will Rock You — Queen
Cheeseburger in Paradise — Jimmy Buffet
Mr. Blue Sky — ELO
Don’t Stop Believing — Journey
Thriller — Michael Jackson
No More Tears — Barbara Streisand & Donna Summer
Hold The Line — TOTO
New York Groove — Ace Frehley
Love Will Find a Way — Pablo Cruise
Call Me — Blondie
You Make My Dreams Come True — Hall & Oates
I Want You to Want Me — Cheap Trick
Shake it Up — The Cars
Girls Just Want to Have Fun — Cyndi Lauper
We Got the Beat — The Go Gos
Hungry Like the Wolf — Duran Duran
That’s All — Genesis
Every Breath You Take — The Police
Feels So Good — Chuck Mangione
 On Broadway — George Benson
The Heart of Rock and Roll — Huey Lewis & the News
Love is a Battlefield — Pat Benatar
Stray Cat Strut — The Stray Cats
Rock Lobster — The B-52’s
Celebration — Kool & the Gang
We Are the World — Assorted Artists singing for Live Aid
Just the Way You Are —- Billy Joel



“On your feet now—-applaud GOD! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence.”  
Psalm 100:1,2 The Message