ABC’s Nashville has delivered a lot over the past four seasons, including real and authentic country music written by some of the industry’s most talented and well-known artists. It has been a platform to reach country music fans both old and new with songs that have meaning for whoever listens.
The music and the genuine way it depicted bits and pieces from our lives is truly what made the show. As the final countdown begins to the series finale on May 25, here’s a look back at some of the songs that made Nashville such a great show to watch, and the reason many are so sad to see it go.
10. “Boys and Buses”
Songwriters: Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne
“Boys and Buses” first appeared in the pilot episode, and is the song that first introduces us to Juliette Barnes and gives an inside look at what goes on in the recording studio. Written by successful songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, the track is reminiscent of the current women of country today as it radiates strength, logic and independence.
Episode: 1-2. “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You)”
Songwriters: Trent Dabbs and Kacey Musgraves
A melancholy tone about insecurities and judgement and rising above it, delivered with that same smart sass Musgraves is known for. It’s a mind game of second guessing your path, who you are and where you’re going before realizing words are just words. The chorus picks up in beat and begins to throw darts at the doubters with a catchy chorus and words of truth.
Episode: 1-13. “There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight”
Songwriters: Morgane Hayes and Natalie Hemby
A play on words and a clever look into love, Morgane Hayes and Natalie Hemby really deliver on this one. Country music is no stranger to songs of heartache, but this one adds a twist as is compares it with clever lyrics surrounding gambling, rolling of the dice and blowing it all on an unknown outcome. Hayes’s husband, Chris Stapleton, would be proud.
7. “Nothing In This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again”
Episode: 1-20. “A Picture from Life’s Other Side”
Songwriters: Sarah Buxton and Kate York
Sarah Buxton and Kate York wrote a powerful anthem for standing up for yourself and never accepting less than what you deserve. From the the very beginning it hits you with lyrics like: No more sweet poison/I’ve already drank that cup. There’s nothing more liberating than the moment you let go of what’s been weighing you down and this song emanates those feelings perfectly.
6. “Adios Old Friend”
Episode: 2-2 “Never No More”
Songwriters: Brett Eldredge and Kim Tribble
Woven in between songs like “Don’t Ya” and “Beat Of The Music” are powerful ballads that Brett Eldredge makes a big statement with, and “Adios Old Friend” is no different. Written alongside songwriter Kim Tribble, this song is a tribute to a lost loved one and once again demonstrates Nashville’s ability to entangle storylines with real life situations that viewers can relate to.
5. “A Life That’s Good”
Episode: 2-4. “You’re No Angel Yourself”
Songwriters: Ashley Monroe and Sarah Siskind
Ashley Monroe has witnessed the true grit of what it takes to make it in Nashville. During her long, sometimes daunting climb she has penned many respectable songs. “A Life That’s Good,” written along with Sarah Siskind is one of those songs. It’s a track that not only fits the ongoing storylines of the show, but stands as a true soundtrack for life in general. The song is about learning to be thankful for what we have instead of always wishing for something more, and acts as a gentle reminder to slow down every once in awhile and look around at what you have.
4. “It’s On Tonight”
Episode: 2-18. “Your Wild Life’s Gonna Get You Down”
Songwriters: Brett Beavers, Dustin Lynch, and David Lee Murphy
“It’s On Tonight” is a feel good song that appears in the midst of all the drama. As entertaining as love triangles are, one of the greatest things about Nashville is that it never forgets what it’s really all about – the music. A high energy performance that brings multiple stars on stage, this get the party started song is one for all ages and stays close to its country roots with a bit of southern twang.
3. “I Know How To Love You”
Episode: 3-1. “That’s Me Without You”
Songwriters: Charles Esten and Deanna carter
Over four seasons fans have watched all characters grow, but perhaps none more than Deacon Clayborne. Written by Charles Esten himself, with a little help from “Strawberry Wine” singer Deanna Carter, “I Know How To Love You” is a song of hope and forgiveness. An emotional tune about admitting mistakes and finally being the man those around you always knew you could be.
2. “This Is Real Life”
Episode: 3-12 “I’ve Got Reasons to Hate You”
Songwriters: Maren Morris, Trey Bruce, and Derek Cannavo
Written by successful songwriter tuned solo artist Maren Morris, this song closes out the episode and plays as real life situations fall upon the characters. The song plays while our eyes are open to dealing with cancer, losing a loved one, domestic violence and fear. The words are powerful with lyrics such as: This is real life/Don’t let it pass you by. It’s a reminder of how precious life is and how important it is to live each day to the fullest.
1. “Take Mine”
Episode: 4-15 “When There’s A Fire In Your Heart”
Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Angelo Petraglia.
Country music powerhouses Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and fellow songwriter Angelo Petraglia penned this song for the end of the season. An upbeat female duet about how the high life isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, and how sometimes it would be nice to trade the glitz and glamor for a normal, down-home and traditional lifestyle.