Madeline Merlo Shares Songs That Shaped Her Music In Exclusive Playlist Takeover

Madeline Merlo recently turned heads with the release of her steamy “Kiss Kiss” music video and this week, she’s taking…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 12, 2020


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Madeline Merlo recently turned heads with the release of her steamy “Kiss Kiss” music video and this week, she’s taking over our playlist to share some of her all-time favorite songs as well as songs that helped shape her career.

The singer/songwriter hand-picked some of her most-listened-to tracks for this week’s playlist, including “7 Summers” by Morgan Wallen, “Lady Like” by Ingrid Andress and “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” by Riley Green. She even included a few throwbacks, like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson’s version of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe.”

“These are songs I love, old and new, that have shaped me, saved me and make me feel so proud to be a part of the best genre in the world,” Merlo explains.

Check out Madeline Merlo’s playlist below and be sure to subscribe to listen again and again!

Madeline Merlo, who has already made a name for herself in Canada, caught the attention of U.S. fans when she won the recent season premiere of NBC’s Songland. She co-wrote the song “Champagne Night,” which was chosen by Grammy-winning group Lady A and then released to country radio.

Lady Like – Ingrid Andres
Hole in the Bottle – Kelsea Ballerini
7 Summers – Morgan Wallen
Champagne Night – Lady A
Lady May – Tyler Childers
Good and Gone – Seaforth
Loving You is Killing Me – Maddie Larkin
Great Ones – Maren Morris
Second Guessing – Florida Georgia Line
No Such Thing – Dan + Shay
Drunk on Your Love – Brett Eldredge
the 1 – Taylor Swift
Cover Me Up – Jason Isbell
Take It Easy – Eagles
Hell on a Highway – Justin Moore
I Wish Grandpas Never Died – Riley Green
I Hope – Gabby Barret feat. Charlie Puth
Oh, What a World – Kacey Musgraves
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Hard To Forget – Sam Hunt
Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood
Beyond – Leon Bridges feat. Luke Combs
Ode To Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry
It Didn’t – Madeline Merlo
If You Never Broke My Heart (Acoustic version) – Madeline Merlo

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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.