Ten Songs That Changed My Life

updated 11/10/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/10/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

1

JOHN MELLENCAMP

SMALL TOWN

This song is a perfect description of how I grew up, the dreams I had back then and the values that shaped my life.

2

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

BORN TO RUN

This song is all about freedom. It reminds me so much of the freedom I felt my first couple years on the road. We had 14 people on a 12-bunk bus, and I didn't think it could get any better.

3

BOB MARLEY

STIR IT UP

I have spent a ton of great days at sea watching sunsets to this song. No matter where I am in the world, when I hear this song, I am in that place.

4

THE EAGLES

TAKE IT EASY

It's funny now that I live this song how I understand every struggling, conflicted emotion of it. As a kid I had no idea what it meant; I just knew I loved it! But now it is scary familiar, true to my life.

5

U2

ANGEL OF HARLEM

This song is college for me. It's a kid playing music and learning how to open up his mind and his life to so many things musically, and otherwise.

6

JOE WALSH

LIFE'S BEEN GOOD

Joe is one of the few people I know that talks like he sings, and it was a thrill to have him on the road with us. I will never listen to this song the same way again because of the summer he was in the band.

7

VAN HALEN

JUMP

First concert I ever went to. It's safe to say that night helped change my path in life.

8

JIMMY BUFFETT

A PIRATE LOOKS AT FORTY

This song has become more and more relatable to my life now. As a kid, I loved the story of the song because when I saw the ocean, I couldn't help but wonder what was out there. I still do!

9

HANK WILLIAMS JR.

COME AND GO BLUES

This has been burned in my head since the first time I heard it. It's songs like this that made me want to be a songwriter in the first place.

10

MERLE HAGGARD

MISERY AND GIN

I used to sing this song in the clubs when I was starting out. That record still holds up today. It is a timeless song from a timeless singer.

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