1 — “Where the Streets Have No Name,” U2: My favorite U2 song. That opening that just builds and builds is so awesome.
2 — “Heartaches by the Number,” Martina McBride: This is for true country music appreciators. I believe Buck Owens originally recorded this song, or perhaps he was one of the songwriters. Anyway, Martina makes a great cover of this song — as with all the others on her Timeless album, and listen carefully and you’ll recognize Dwight Yoakam singing backup in the chorus. It seems like an odd combination, but it really works.
3 — “Far Away,” Nickelback: Just a good power ballad.
4 — “All the Stars,” Eastmountainsouth: Sort of a bluegrass-folk sound with lovely harmonies. You should check them out. I think their CD on iTunes is lower that the $9.99 usual.
5 — “Always on Your Side,” Sheryl Crow & Sting: This is an iTunes exclusive version of the song. A simpler, non-duet version appears on Crow’s Wildflower CD. I love the song for personal reasons, and this version is good, but I like the album version better because of the words. I like the one-sidedness that’s on the album.