Carly Pearce Shares Songs That Inspired ‘Next Girl’ In Exclusive Playlist Takeover

Carly Pearce is making waves with her hit new single “Next Girl.” Co-written by Pearce alongside Shane McAnally and Josh…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 20, 2020

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Carly Pearce; Photo by Allister Ann

Carly Pearce is making waves with her hit new single “Next Girl.”

Co-written by Pearce alongside Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Next Girl” serves as a warning to the “Next Girl” who ends up with a womanizing man. It’s an all too familiar storyline that many women can relate to: getting swept off your feet by someone who says and does all the right things…until he doesn’t.

The song brings Pearce’s appreciation for traditional country music to life as she channels fellow female country artists, such as Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire and The Chicks, who empower women through their music.

To celebrate “Next Girl” and the incredible female anthems that came before it, Pearce is taking over the Country Now playlist to share some of the songs that inspired her latest hit.

“Country music gives us the opportunity to share stories in such a unique way, I love spreading the message of female empowerment in “Next Girl” as so many amazing women have done before me,” the four-time CMA Awards nominee explains. “Enjoy this playlist filled with some of the songs and artists that served as the inspiration behind my brand new single.”

Check out her playlist below and be sure to subscribe to listen again and again!

  • Carly Pearce – “Next Girl”
  • The Chicks – “Goodbye Earl”
  • Maren Morris – “My Church”
  • Patty Loveless – “Blame It On Your Heart”
  • Dolly Parton – “When Someone Wants to Leave”
  • Lee Ann Womack – “I May Hate Myself In The Morning”
  • Loretta Lynn – “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)”
  • Pam Tillis – “Maybe It Was Memphis”
  • Reba – “Fancy”
  • Faith Hill – “Breathe”
  • Barbara Mandrell – “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool”
  • LeAnn Rimes – “Blue”
  • Sara Evans – “Born To Fly”
  • Jo Dee Messina – “Bye-Bye”
  • Deana Carter – “Strawberry Wine”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”
  • Trisha Yearwood – “She’s In Love With a Boy”
  • Dolly Parton – “Holdin’ On To You”
  • Martina McBride – “Independence Day”
  • Shania Twain – “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under”
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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.