15 Songs I Grew Up Listening To, As A Southerner

15 Songs I Grew Up Listening To, As A Southerner

Great music is something all kids should grow up on.

Though I may be apart of a generation whose music choices stem from a technological point of view, doesn't mean that I don't know what good music consists of. Learning songs from the 60s all the way to the 00s, my childhood had a pretty strong foundation for musical interests.

1. Renegade by Styx

Growing up, this song reminded me of alien abductions and honestly freaked me out to the point that I loved it.

2. Anything by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi, in the Mills' household, was considered hymns, not hairband.

3. "Anything" Journey

For my 18th birthday, I got to see Journey with their new lead singer in Birmingham, and my eight-year-old self was thriving.

4. "Your Love" by The Outfield

All I can remember from my childhood with this song is my dad randomly belting out "Josie's on a vacation far away." Come to think of it, he actually still does that to this very day.

5. "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield

This one is a good headbanger on the way to your summer weekend softball tournament in Florida. Anyone else?

6. "Mr. Mom" by Lonestar

Even though I knew every word to this song, I never understood what it actually meant. Now that I have a younger niece and nephews, it hits home.

7. "Picture" by Cheryl Crow and Kid Rock

I didn't have anything, or anyone, to be sad about as a seven-year-old, but this song could make me rethink all of my life choices.

8. "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Okay, if your parents didn't teach you this, and if you didn't know all of the words by the time you went to your first Alabama football game, you're not southern. End of discussion.

9. "Help!" by The Beatles

My mom's favorite band is The Beatles, so knowing pretty much any of their music was inevitable for my childhood, this one just happened to stick with me. Fun fact: I share a birthday with Ringo Starr.

10. "Paint Me A Birmingham" by Tracy Lawerence

My dad always serenaded me in the truck with this one, and even though I may have rolled my eyes at him, I look back on those times now and miss when we spent that time together.

11. "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)" by New Kids On The Block

This music video taught me how to dance, and also taught me how to fall in love with Donnie Wahlberg.

12. "Not Ready To Make Nice" by The Dixie Chicks

I didn't have much to be pissed at growing up, but this song made me want to scream my lungs out while jumping on the trampoline in the backyard.

13. "Girls Girls Girls" by Mötley Crüe

I learned this one at my youngest age, I'm talking car seat age, but that didn't stop my parents from teaching me the wonders of hairbands from the 80s.

14. "Fat Bottom Girls" by Queen

Queen is a 70s band that inspired most of the 80's I grew up on, and this song, in particular, taught me the importance of them.

15. "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men has to be one of my dad's favorite groups, and his high school go-to, so naturally, it was something I grew up on.

As a southerner, I think it's important to make sure you get all of the hits in - from R&B to Country - while you're growing up, so new generations can remember what great music sounds like.

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One Tree Hill was iconic in itself. We laughed, we cried, we went through quite the rollercoaster of emotions but through it all, we always loved Brooke Davis. She's one of a kind but relates to all of us, even when it comes to our major of choice. Ever wonder if Brooke Davis could describe your major? Well, let's find out.

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Okay so you know how to build robots and fix collapsing buildings. Big deal.

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Brooke doesn't know every species of bird out there but maybe you do???

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I Discovered My Favorite Band In Their Hometown, Thousands Of Miles Away

Lukas Graham are not just any ordinary artists. They're musical prodigies.


I was very excited to learn that Lukas Graham is from Denmark — but I didn't know that when I discovered them in while I was sitting in my hotel room a few years ago.

I had just checked into my fancy schmancy hotel room located in the heart of Copenhagen. After five days of endless travelling, it goes without saying that I was completely worn out. However, the thrill of being in a lavish hotel room, alone and in a foreign country, miraculously surpassed any fatigue I was feeling at the time.

I didn't even properly unpack until the second or third day. I jumped on the bed, opened my huge flat-screen TV (for no reason whatsoever), checked out the room's facilities and blasted music from my speakers. I spent the entire evening texting my friends and planning my week.

The following morning I woke up super early and began sorting through my things. I turned on the TV and began listening to English songs from a random Danish channel. After some time, they played Lukas Graham's "You're Not There." I immediately fell in love with the song (and Lukas's voice), so I Googled the song.

I downloaded it and played it on repeat for a couple of days. One night, I was chilling in the lobby with my friends when suddenly the same Lukas Graham song came on. No one seemed to care or take notice. I noticed the song right away and didn't leave the lobby until the song was over. I was in awe (as I am each time I hear any of their songs being played).

"You're Not There" is particularly poignant and special, as it's dedicated to the band's frontman, Lukas' late father. I could tell through the song how much his father means to him, and I could easily relate.

It was after leaving Europe that I came to know Lukas Graham is actually a Danish band, whereas before I had thought they were British or American.

I've given the band's frontman, Lukas Forchhammer, the name "The Male Adele." Lukas Forchammer is a Irish-Danish singer, songwriter and actor. I'm not even being dramatic when I say that all of his songs speak straight to my heart.

His lyrics are very raw and powerful, not something you hear often these days. To top it all off, he has the most incredible voice, and his bandmates complement each other very well.

Discovering Lukas Graham and falling irrevocably in love with them felt like destiny and nothing short of it. I've even created a special playlist just for them. Their songs are compatible with my every mood, and every time I play them I feel in touch with my emotions.

I'm so proud I've lived to hear their wonderful music and be tremendously blessed by it. I'm moved by their music every time and every day that I listen to it.

I know a lot about the band now, and I continue to have enormous love and respect for them. They've even created their own genre. It's called "Ghetto Pop" — how cool is that?!

I don't normally write about musicians/bands I admire, but Lukas Graham are not just any ordinary artist.

They're musical prodigies.

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