Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Six Best Songs From 'Nashville' Season One

It's been a week since ABC's Nashville wrapped up its first season. I blogged about the finale, but this week I thought it would be cool to look back and round up the best songs featured on the show. By the end, music didn't always figure as prominently as it did early on when we could count on a knock out final number and something spunky up front. Regardless, the songs have been pretty solid, and really well written. In part, that's probably because the producers use actual Nashville songwriters. That decision lends a certain authenticity that would be otherwise missed. (Check out the On the Record video series.) Also, Nashville benefits from how great the Stella sisters are. But I digress. Here's my list of the six best songs from season one.

06 : "Fade Into You" : Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio
Scarlett and Gunnar can be annoying as hell, but they've had some great duets when they're not fumbling around like  a wisp of cotton candy and a dumb puppy trying to make a love connection.

05 : "No One Will Ever Love You" : Connie Britton and Charles Esten
We learned everything we needed to know about Rayna and Deacon's past when they sang this heartbreaker at the Bluebird Cafe early in the season. On a related note, Deacon should get to sing more.

04 : "Telescope" : The Stella Sisters
Technically, it's Juliette's song, but Rayna's girls and their sweet harmonies essayed it when they performed it at a school talent show.

03 : "Wrong Song" : Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere
When Rayna and Juliette set out to write a song together for the Edgehill Records anniversary at the Ryman Auditorium, it could have been a total disaster. Thanks to the magic of television, they instead wrote a strong tune with some teeth, made even better by Teddy sweating in the wings pre-Cumberland deal reveal.

02 : "Gun For a Mouth" : Sam Palladio
Gunnar lifted this song from dead brother Jason's notebook. Forget the shadiness of passing it off as his own. It should be a hit.

01 : "Undermine" : Hayden Panettiere and Charles Esten
Back in the days when Juliette and Deacon were losing their shirts by undisclosed creeks, this song was how the show started trying to convince us that maybe there was more to Juliette than a Swift-shallow pool of talent.

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