While PJ and I were driving to Washington D.C. last week, we talked a little about songs about driving. One of my favorites has long been Chely Wright’s “Shut Up and Drive,” so when we got back I downloaded it from iTunes and started listening to it again.

The embedding for the video has been disabled on YouTube, but you can watch it here. (Usually, I don’t choose songs that won’t let you embed the video — I think it’s stupid when they do that — but I love this song enough to overcome that prejudice.)

Now I can’t stop listening to this song. It’s really a great country song, I think. Somebody really ought to cover it.

Listening to it again also made me think about the late 1980s and early 1990s and when I loved a number of country songs, mostly by female artists. Here’s a list (in no particular order) of some of the ones I loved back then. Some of these video also have embedding disabled, but I’ll include what I can and link to what I can’t.

“Like We Never Had a Broken Heart” by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks:

    “Come Next Monday” by K. T. Oslin:

      “Maybe It Was Memphis” by Pam Tillis:

        “The Dance” by Garth Brooks:

          Something in Red” by Lorrie Morgan

            For My Broken Heart” and “Does He Love You” (which is a GREAT video, btw) by Reba McEntire

              What Made You Say That” (she’s so hot in this video, but the guy is even hotter!) by Shania Twain

                “No One Else on Earth” by Wynonna:

                  Love at the Five and Dime,” “Once in a Very Blue Moon,” and “More than a Whisper” by Nanci Griffith (though she’s not exactly country):

                    Going back and listening to these songs again made me wonder about the state of country music more recently. I don’t ever listen to country, though I do see how talented Carrie Underwood is. And the Dixie Chicks are amazing. Otherwise, most of it isn’t really to my taste any more.

                    But I’m glad to take this little trip down nostalgia lane, though I’m trying really hard not to buy all of these songs and albums again from iTunes!