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Gratitude Playlist: 49 Pop, Rock and Country Songs That Say Thank You

Updated on October 20, 2016
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FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Be thankful for the blessings in your life. We have a list of pop, rock and country songs to help you say "thank you." Develop a custom playlist for someone you love.
Be thankful for the blessings in your life. We have a list of pop, rock and country songs to help you say "thank you." Develop a custom playlist for someone you love. | Source

Gratitude Is A Tool For Happy Relationships

How long has it been since you have expressed heartfelt appreciation to someone in your life — a friend, mentor, relative, or lover? Perhaps they lent you an ear and offered advice. Or helped you out in material, pragmatic ways. Or wiped your tears and provided a warm hug and some encouragement when you especially needed it.

If there's someone you want to thank, then why not create a custom playlist for them? Songs can help you express your appreciation. We have a large list of pop, rock, and country favorites to get you started.

1. "In My Life" by The Beatles

In this classic 1965 Beatles song, the narrator pays the highest tribute of gratitude to the loved one he addresses. He explains

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you.

The remarkably talented Ed Sheeran played the song at The Beatles' 50th Anniversary Show in 2014 and gained the solid approval of Sir Paul McCartney.

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2. "Every Day" by Rascal Flatts

This 2008 song is a thank you to someone close who is the narrator's rock of emotional support. They are the guardian of his secrets, the only one who truly understands him, and the one who saves his life by lifting him from the deep, dark and desperate place that he sometimes decends into.

3. "Kind & Generous" by Natalie Merchant

This 1998 song is a humble, loving tribute to a friend who has opened their heart charitably to her. It shines with genuine appreciation and affection:

You've been so kind and generous
I don't know how you keep on giving
For your kindness I'm in debt to you
For your selflessness, my admiration
And for everything you've done,

4. "Thank You" by Dido

In this 1999 song, even when it feels like the world is working completely against the narrator, she can count on one person to center her and provide comfort. Against the backdrop of bills, body aches, bad weather, and other life hassles, she remains thankful for having a soft place to land.

5. "In This Life I Was Loved By You" by Collin Raye

This 1992 country ballad shows deep gratitude for a soulmate. Amidst all of the blessings that the narrator can point to in his life, he points to his partner's love as a dream come true.

"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." - Epicurus, Greek philosopher
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." - Epicurus, Greek philosopher | Source

6. "Thank You" by Keith Urban

The important helper in the narrator's life found him when his days were bleak and empty. She was a friend and provided guidance and support when he was surrounded by strangers. Then, she became his wife. In the 2009 song, he declares her intervention in his life a personal miracle. One must wonder whether this is about his wife, Australian actress Nicole Kidman.

A Dozen Low Cost Ways To Say "Thank You"

 
 
 
write a poem (it doesn't have to rhyme) or compose a handwritten letter
send a digital greeting card or paper card with a heartfelt note
make their favorite casserole or a pot of their favorite homemade soup
make a small crafted item (e.g., ornament)
look them in the eye and tell them from your heart what they mean to you
bake them cookies or cupcakes
present them with a pack of lifesavers and describe the ways they're been a lifesaver to you
develop a top 10 list of why you appreciate them
prepare a video expressing your gratitude and include photos of both of you
make a customized playlist for them
send them a small gift card, treat bag, or a bouquet of balloons
deliver a small potted plant, kitchen herbs, or inexpensive flowers, along with a thank you hug
However you decide to express your gratitude, make it specific, personal and sincere.

7. "Because You Loved Me" by Céline Dion

This inspiring 1996 song was a Grammy award winner and a worldwide hit. In a display of unflinching gratitude, the narrator puts her lover on a pedestal, thanking him for all the strength and inspiration that he has provided. She declares, "I'm everything I am because you loved me."

Céline Dion met her late husband when she was 12 and he was a successful record producer. He mortgaged his home to finance the girl's blossoming career. They started to date when the singer was 19 and Angélil, twice divorced with three children, was 45. Am I the only one who finds their relationship a little creepy?

"There is no greater treasure in this world than somebody who loves you as you are." - Eric Micha'el Leventhal, American author
"There is no greater treasure in this world than somebody who loves you as you are." - Eric Micha'el Leventhal, American author | Source

8. "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton

In this 2011 country song, the narrator admits to having been a "walking heartache" who "made a mess of me." However, he is ever-thankful for the lovely angel in his life who helps him with his ups and downs. In 2015, following a four-year marriage, Blake Shelton divorced fellow country star Miranda Lambert, about whom he sang this song.

9. "Your Song" by Elton John

What bigger expression of gratitude could there be than telling someone, "How wonderful life is while you're in the world"? The narrator in Sir Elton John's 1970 signature song doesn't have the money that Elton does, so his gift is his song.

10. "Thank God For You" by Sawyer Brown

It's important not to forget where you came from. The protagonist in this fun country hit from 1993 thanks the many people in his life for making him the man he is today:

I got to thank mama for the cookin'
Daddy for the whuppin'
The Devil for the trouble that I get into
I got to give credit when credit is due
I thank the bank for the money
Thank God for you.

11. "Thank You For Being A Friend" by Andrew Gold

If it's your BFF you want to thank, then this classic is a perfect way to do it. The song may be from 1978, but it'll never go out of style.

The narrator recounts that the two have been friends for a long time and hopes they will always stay that way. He is appreciative of his pal for keeping his confidences and for reliably being there.

12. "I Thank You" by ZZ Top

The narrator in this 1979 song thanks his partner for loving him and for opening his eyes to a brand new world of adventure. Even though his sweetheart has taken her love elsewhere, he is grateful for what she taught him, if you know what I mean.

13. "This" by Darrius Rucker

Looking back at all of the heartaches, mistakes, and lost opportunities he has endured, the narrator in this 2010 song sees that it has nevertheless all been worth it. He is thankful for his life now and sees every step as necessary to getting him to where he is today.

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust, French novelist
"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust, French novelist | Source

14. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin

In this 1967 song, the "Queen of Soul" describes a woman who felt uninspired and without purpose in life until she met the person she's singing about. Then, her life did a 180-degree turn, and she stepped up to being the woman she was always meant to be:

Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But you're the key to my peace of mind.

Actress Candice Bergen famously sung the song in a 1992 television episode of "Murphy Brown." Bergen's character, an unmarried woman, gave birth and became a single mother on the show. It prompted Vice Presidential candidate Dan Quayle to criticize the character's decision to have a baby out of wedlock as an example of the crumbling of traditional values in America.

15. "Thank You For Loving Me" by Bon Jovi

The narrator in this 2000 song wants to ensure that his beloved knows how deeply appreciated she is. When he was at his lowest points, she lifted him up. She believes in him and his dreams. He expresses his unending gratitude: "Thank you for loving me."

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16. "I Could Not Ask For More" by Sara Evans

Like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow — that's how the protagonist in this 1999 song views the person she is thankful for. She feels thankful to be alive, just to be beside her partner. She his presence in her life as proof that heaven must exist. Syrupy? Maybe. But the girl is blissing out on the drug called love.

17. "Thank You" by Hellyeah

Perhaps you wouldn't expect this 2008 song of gratitude from a heavy metal supergroup like Hellyeah, but give it a try. It's about expressing appreciation to someone close who has already passed and feeling regretful that you didn't say "thanks" when you had the chance.

Believing late is better than never, the narrator in the song expresses his gratefulness and then extends it to several people in his life who are still here. Take the song as a positive lesson to go ahead and say what you need to say now before it's too late.

18. "Thank You" by Johnny Reid

This compelling 2007 song is an appreciation song for someone close who is dying. As the narrator wishes they had one more day together, he thanks his loved one for all that they have given him. He is grateful that they have shared their love and dreams, helped him through life's storms, and shared in his joys.

"Greet every morning with open arms and say thanks every night with a full heart. Each day is a precious gift to be savored and used, not left unopened and hoarded for a future that may never come." - Regina Brett, American author
"Greet every morning with open arms and say thanks every night with a full heart. Each day is a precious gift to be savored and used, not left unopened and hoarded for a future that may never come." - Regina Brett, American author | Source

19. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by James Taylor

In this classic 1975 hit, the protagonist is overjoyed that his sweetheart has come into his life. Her love provides shelter, and he is thankful for her "sweet love and devotion." He compares their attraction to honey and a bee.

20. "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler

A signature song for "The Divine Miss M," this thank you ballad was the theme song for the 1989 movie "Beaches" which told the story of a friendship spanning 30 years. The song expresses appreciation for the friend who offered quiet support and allowed another to shine in the spotlight:

Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
'Cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President | Source

Even More Songs About Being Thankful

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Thankful
Kelly Clarkson
2003
22. Thank You
Led Zeppelin
1969
23. What A Difference You've Made In My Life
Ronnie Milsap
1977
24. Thank You
Céline Dion
2013
25.There You'll Be
Faith Hill
2001
26. (I've Had) The Time of My Life
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
1987
27. Thank You
Meghan Trainor
2016
28. Thank You
Yolanda Adams
2001
29. He Didn't Have To Be
Brad Paisley
1999
30. I Have You To Thank
Gavin DeGraw
2009
31. Thank You For The Music
ABBA
1983
32. Thank You
Boyz II Men
1995
33. Thank You Baby (For Makin' Someday Come So Soon)
Shania Twain
2002
34. Thank You (The J.G. Interlude)
New Edition
1996
35. I Thank You
Bonnie Raitt
1979
36. Thank You
Bebe Winans
1997
37. Thank You
Jennifer Nettles
2013
38. Blessed
Martina McBride
2001
39. Thank You
Jason Chen
2013
40. Unanswered Prayers
Garth Brooks
1990
41. Here Today
Paul McCartney
1982
42. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf)
Sly and the Family Stone
1969
43. Thank God I Found You
Mariah Carey, Joe, 98 Degrees
2000
44. Lucky Man
Montgomery Gentry
2007
45. Everything Is Fine
Josh Turner
2008
46. What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
1967
47. Thank U
Alanis Morissette
1998
48. Thank God I'm a Country Boy
John Denver
1974
49. But For the Grace of God
Keith Urban
2000
Got a song suggestion for our Thank You Playlist? Leave a suggestion in the Comments Section below!
"Thank you for accepting me as I am, with my virtues and defects." - Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer
"Thank you for accepting me as I am, with my virtues and defects." - Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer | Source

Tell us your story of gratitude in the Comments Section below.

What and whom are you thankful for? Why? How do you express gratitude in your daily life?

What's In A Name? Locations With Names Associated With Appreciation and Gratitude

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B markerBlessing, Texas, USA -
Blessing, TX 77419, USA
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C markerCherish Trail, Texas, USA -
Cherish Trail, Katy, TX 77494, USA
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D markerComfort, Texas, USA -
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E markerFriend, Nebraska, USA -
Friend, NE 68359, USA
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F markerHonor, Michigan, USA -
Honor, MI 49640, USA
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G markerInspiration Point, California, USA -
Inspiration Point, Orinda, CA 94563, USA
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H markerMt. Support, New Hampshire, USA -
Mt Support, Lebanon, NH 03766, USA
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I markerRegard, France -
Regard, 07410, France
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J markerSincere, France -
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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      Suhail and my dog - I appreciate the kudos. I used to be fairly narrowly focused in my musical preferences but once I broke out of that, I realized I appreciated all types of music, from zydeco to bluegrass to metal to oldies to rock and opera. Truly everything!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 6 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Flourish Anyway,

      That is a great list again. I wonder how do you manage all those lists.

      I have only listened to the ones from ZZ Top and Bon Jovi only because I listen to such a narrow genre of music.

      I got to listen to some others from this list now :-)

      Thanks for sharing a great list once again.

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      Sha - Consider it added! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 months ago from Central Florida

      Awesome playlist, Flourish. I'd like to add one more: Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf) by Sly and the Family Stone.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Frank - We've all missed you. Glad you've stopped by tonight. Be well, be happy, and don't be a stranger. I sure could use a Laura Kimber story when you're up to it.

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      Frank Atanacio 7 months ago from Shelton

      I have been extremely busy over the past few months.. but never too busy for catching up with your hubs.. thank you for being a virtual friend :)

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      MsDora - Thank you for your kindness. You uplift and encourage with spiritual hubs, and your friends at HP appreciate you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great topic. Great quotes. Great selection. I'm grateful for the pleasure of reading articles like this.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Dianna - Thank you for your kind comment. I am so pleased that you enjoyed this so much and am grateful for the wisdom and humor that you provide, particularly through your education-oriented hubs. You seem to have special insight into teens.

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      Dianna Mendez 7 months ago

      10 things I appreciate about you -- I am going to use this idea. I think this would really come through to a person. I love this list of thank you songs. I am renewed! God bless you.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Linda - Thank you for your kind encouragement and for being our authoritative source on all kinds of interesting scientific topics here on HubPages. I learn much from your careful research and am grateful for your e-friendship.

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      Linda Crampton 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting and attractive article, as always, Flourish. I love the quotes on the photos. Your article is a great reminder that we should be grateful for the good things in our lives.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Carb Diva - It's a beautiful song and so sad in a way, knowing the history. He's grateful for having met Lennon. I hope he was able to express the emotions before Lennon's untimely death.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Devika - Thank you for your kind compliment. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Devika Primić 7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the list. Beautiful songs and with such great meaning.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Justthemessenger - I am grateful that others enjoy what I like putting together. It's challenging and a lot of fun racking my brain for topics and tunes to fit the categories. Thank you for your encouragement!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Mactavers - I couldn't agree with you more!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Surabhi - I appreciate your taking the time to read then leave a comment. Have a great day'

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Savvy - So happy you enjoyed this. I think we have the same taste in music! Have a fabulous Friday! You deserve it!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Faith Reaper - What sweet words or gratitude and I know with the miraculous healing that you have encountered you must be so thankful. I appreciate you and the kindness that is always imparted in your comments.

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      Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish,

      I'm grateful you've put so much hard work into this wonderful hub of all of the "gratitude" or "thank you" songs out there. What a great list, as always.

      You've brought back so memories once again with ZZ Top and James Taylor and so many more here.

      I am mindful to count my many blessings each day, even my soft pillow to lie my head on at the end of the day. I am so grateful for being healed my the Lord God of DCIS breast cancer and able to enjoy my four beautiful grandchildren.

      Blessings and peace

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      Linda Lum 7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      First of all, thank you for being you and for sharing these wonderful lists with us. Each one is special.

      I have one more song to add to the list--after seeing Paul McCartney in concert earlier this year, I heard him talk about the song "Here Today", and then he sang it for us. It was his tribute to John Lennon, after Lennon was taken out by an assassin's bullet.

      It's a love song, and I think it is also a "thank you" for the friendship they shared, the music they created together, and (ultimately) the life that Paul has because of this special friend.

      "IT" would not have happened if Paul and John had not known each other.

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      Yves 7 months ago

      There's too many good one's, Flourish. You out did yourself, girlfriend! Let's see. How to pick?

      Rascal Flatts, (They're just so cool)

      ZZ Top (Of course!!)

      Andrew Gold (Because I love the Golden Girls)

      Dido (Always loved her style)

      Okay, I'll go with those for now. And yes, the 19 year old Celine and 45 year old Renee thing pretty much creeped me out as well. (May he rest in peace).

      Thanks for a great list. Time to listen to ZZ Top again. Ha! They never get old. Love those guys.

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      Surabhi Kaura 7 months ago

      Cool! A wonderful list here. Thanks for the share :)

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      mactavers 7 months ago

      Really great Hub. Being thankful is the key to happiness and telling those around you that you are thankful to have them in your life is the key to great relationships.

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      James C Moore 7 months ago from The Great Midwest

      Your # 20 pick, "Wind Beneath my Wings" immediately came to mind when I saw the hubs title. I'm thankful for these best of songs list by unique creative categories that you put out because I often see my all time favorites listed.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Bill - Thank you for your kind endorsement. And thank you for the wonderful travel information you provide us about all the places we may not be lucky enough to visit personally; we can live vicariously through your articles.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Heidi - It's an awesome song and a little different from the others. I like ZZ Top. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing. And thank you for blessing all of us on HP with your in-depth knowledge of marketing and publishing.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Kyriaki - Thank you for reading and commenting. "Kind and Generous" is a good place to start! I'm so glad you're letting your mom know what she means to you.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Larry - Thanks for reading. Elton John is one of my favorites. I saw him in concert a few years ago, and he's still got it!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Audrey - Oh, thank you, sweet songstress! I appreciate your reading and sharing. Have a fantastic week!

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      Bill De Giulio 7 months ago from Massachusetts

      Another great list, Flourish. Some of my favorite artists and songs are included. You amaze me with your ability to come up with these lists. Great job! And gratitude is definitely something we should all express frequently, even if it's a simple thank you, although I like your idea better to say it with a song :)

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      Heidi Thorne 7 months ago from Chicago Area

      I was hoping you would include ZZ Top's "I Thank You!" THANK YOU for that. :) Another great playlist. Sharing the list with thanks here on HP!

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 7 months ago

      Perfect timing!! Mother's birthday is right around the corner. I don't know which one to choose!

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      Larry Rankin 7 months ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful list!

      I always enjoy your selection. I listened to the Elton John song just the other day.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Gratitude - I am grateful for this hub beautiful friend. From beginning to the end your message and videos increased my level of gratitude. I will share and thank you.

      Audrey

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks a bunch! That's a great compliment. I appreciate you reading and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You started the list with my all-time favorite song. It just got better after that. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Awesome addition! That'll be #40. Thanks so much and have a wonderful day, sweet lady!

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago

      This is absolutely beautifully. May I add the song "Unanswered Prayers" by Garth Brooks. I love this so much.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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