The Last One Playlist
THE LAST ONE takes place in a small town in Georgia, and its setting definitely influenced its playlist. Sam is a huge fan of country music, and although Meghan doesn’t think she likes it, eventually it grows on her. . .as much as Sam does.
Chicken Fried Zak Brown Band (Perfect Georgia song)
T R O U B L E Travis Tritt (Meghan and Laura at The Road Block)
Red High Heels Kellie Pickler (Meghan and Ali’s night out)
Ladies Love Country Boys Trace Adkins (Enough said.)
Don’t You Wanna Stay Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson (Meghan and Sam on the porch)
Fishin’ In The Dark Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Sam takes Meghan to the river)
Trouble Is Charlie Worsham (Exactly how Sam feels about Meghan)
A Little Mud on the Tires Brad Paisley (Another river song)
It’s Your Love Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (The song that converts Meghan to country music)
Burn Jo Dee Messina (Sam and Meghan’s last night together)
Beat This Summer Brad Paisley (Sam and Meghan’s theme song)
The First One Playlist
The songs on The First One playlist are much more bittersweet than those of the other books in this trilogy. Thanks to the nearly eight years Flynn and Ali were apart, their feelings are complicated, and the music reflects that heartache.
When I was writing their story, I went back to some of my own country music roots to find just the right songs. That included some old Little Texas, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts. Of course, the defining song for Ali and Flynn is Tim McGraw’s Everywhere.
What Might Have Been Little Texas (What goes through both Ali and Flynn’s minds as they contemplate the lost years)
Where the Green Grass Grows Tim McGraw (Flynn considers a life in Burton)
All My Friends Say Luke Bryan (Flynn’s night out with Alex at The Roadblock)
Bartender Lady Antebellum (Ali’s night out with Meghan at The Roadblock)
Small Town Saturday Night Hal Ketchum (a captured memory of Ali and Flynn’s growing up days)
What Hurts The Most Rascal Flatts (Ali’s song)
Already Home Ha-Ash with Brandi Carlile (Flynn’s song)
Everywhere Tim McGraw (The song that inspired their story)
The Only One Playlist
As I write this, updating the playlist section of my website for the last time until my next release, it’s two days before The Only
One goes live. I can’t wait to share Rilla and Mason with the rest of the world . . . and so it’s really fun to let the playlist give you a few hints about what’s to come.
This is country, of course, and if you want some more insight into how the music affected the story, check out my post here.
For now, without further ado, here is the playlist for The Only One.
Those Crazy Christians Brad Paisley (Rilla and her family at church)
On The Verge Colin Raye (Rilla’s evening at The Road Block)
Without You Keith Urban (Mason’s song)
Limes Brad Paisley (Rilla’s first margarita)
Stay Forever Hal Ketchum (Rilla and Mason’s dance)
If I Didn’t Have You Thompson Squared (Just. . .a great love song for these two.)
If You Leave Me Now Suzy Bogguss (Mason’s feeling about Rilla)
Long, Long Time Mindy McCready (Rilla, when she leaves)
Me and Jesus Brad Paisley (Rilla by the end)
I Always Get Lucky With You Suzy Bogguss (Mason’s love song to Rilla)
And a bonus song not on the official playlist, but certainly important. . .
Come On Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners