There’s something about country music that connects with the soul and takes the listener to a better place. Even if the tone is sad, the meaning behind the lyrics adds depth and intensity to the song. Especially composed for situations that most people go through at some point in their life, here is a quick look at 5 of the most inspirational country songs in recent times:
1. Jesus Take the Wheel // Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood, the small town girl from Oklahoma, has slowly turned into one of the most iconic country singers of the 21st century. Her 2005 hit, “Jesus Take the Wheel,” talks about how people tend to let their life spiral out of control with drinking, drugs and other vices, and how they can be spiritually steered off the disastrous path. The lyrics include:
“Jesus, take the wheel. Take it from my hands. ‘Cause I can’t do this on my own. I’m letting go, so give me one more chance. Save me from this road I’m on. Jesus, take the wheel.” The metaphor of nearly crashing when driving the car was an effective one in getting her powerful message across.
2. I Cross My Heart // George Strait
Who says country songs can’t be romantic? In 1992, George Strait released “I Cross My Heart,” which quickly became a popular wedding song for young couples. Some lyrics include: “From here on after let’s stay the way we are right now. And share all the love and laughter, that a lifetime will allow.” Such a profession of undying love to another is a great way to head toward many years of marital bliss.
3. Independence Day // Martina McBride
Another motivational hit of the ’90s was “Independence Day,” rendered beautifully by the talented Martina McBride. Anyone going through a problematic relationship in life, where the pain far outweighs the happiness coming from it, can relate to these words:
“Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing. Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning. Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong. Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay it’s Independence Day.” It shows how beautiful life can be after becoming independent from this negativity.
4. Live Like You Were Dying // Tim McGraw
In 2004, the huge Tim McGraw fan base was swaying to the powerful lyrics: “Some day, I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying.” Besides being a catchy tune, it also speaks out about making the most of every moment and living life to the fullest. This song also urges listeners to value the presence of people in one’s life, for they may be gone tomorrow.
5. Just Because I’m a Woman // Dolly Parton
The last song on this list is is just one of the many gems from the queen of country music herself, Dolly Parton. Creating a niche for herself in the ’60s, at a time when the fairer sex still didn’t enjoy equal rights as men, she croons: “Just let me tell you this, then we’ll both know where we stand. My mistakes are no worse than yours, just because I’m a woman.” Now if that didn’t inspire women to stand shoulder to shoulder with men in the home, at work, and in society, nothing would!