Outkast: "Hey Ya!"
"I like songs that make me want to move. They make me feel good."
Maroon 5: "Harder to Breathe"
"It was my favorite song forever. It makes me want to turn the music up."
Kelly Clarkson: "Ms. Independent"
"I am Ms. Independent."
Santana with Michelle Branch: "Game of Love"
"I've always loved Santana. You can always tell his guitar, it has that ... twang. Michelle Branch is just an added thing. I can't believe she didn't get nominated for an Emmy or a Grammy or whatever."
Clay Aiken: "Invisible"
"I follow American Idol from day one until the end. I know I'm weird."
No Doubt: "It's My Life"
"I loooovve that song. I also like the way that girl romps around the stage. She's bitchin'."
You thought Ma Dogg was a badass? Sister Sara eats pieces of shit like you for breakfast. She gargles with broken glass. Lights matches on her forehead. OK, not quite. But she is a tough little country girl who doesn't let little things like being run over by a tractor keep her (and her boyfriend, Casey, who looks vaguely like Bubba Sparxxx) from giving us her top five tracks of 2003.
Bubba Sparxxx: "Deliverance"
He's funky-fresh. It's a good dancing song. ("Yeah," Casey adds, "because you're doing so much dancing since you broke both feet being run over by a tractor.")
Christina Aguilera with Lil' Kim: "Hold Us Back"
It's a very empowering song. They're kinda scandalous. [Christina] is kind of a hooker, but I still like the song.
Dido: "White Flag"
I bought it in Europe. It was a happy medium that everyone could listen to.
Snoop Dogg with Pharrel: "Beautiful"
It's a party song. [PD Note: I can verify that Sister Sara sang this song every fourth minute for the duration of the month of July. ]
Willie Nelson with Toby Keith: "Beer for My Horses"
You can take the trailer out of the park ... but you can't take the trash out of the girl? Or something. [Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin'] is actually a really good CD.
Hmm. I needed more opinions. But my seventeen-year-old brother isn't exactly a talker. When he isn't breaking bones aboard a motorcycle or snowboard, he's mumbling incoherently like Rain Man when he was a senior in high school. I did, however, manage to extract the following top songs from the adolescent stew clogging his brain.
Outkast: "Hey Ya!"
"I don't know ... I just like it."
311: "Creatures (For a While)"
"It's a song for going boarding or riding. How about that?"
Chingy: "Holidae In"
"It reminds me of a Holiday Inn. [Ed: All those wild parties with your bitches and hos?] Exactly."
Linkin Park: "Somewhere I Belong"
"Sure. Good song. [Ed: Does it speak to your angst? Is it good mosh-pitting?] Whatever, weirdo."
Staind: "Far Away From Me"
"I don't know. Why do you ask me these questions?"
The White Stripes: "Seven Nation Army"
"Right on, dude. You're not going to publish this are you?"
Hell yeah, I am -- right before I fly off for a conjugal visit with my fiancé. In anticipation of our sweet holidays together, my sugar-bear love muffin offered the following tips on what was hot and steamy in 2003.
Outkast: "The Way You Move"
"Kick-ass song. It gets me groovin'."
Sheryl Crow: "First Cut Is the Deepest"
"Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart ... and now Crow ... gets me every time."
T.A.T.U.: "Not Gonna Get Us"
"I have to applaud the Russians' enticing lesbian tease [Ed: That's my girl!], not to mention their Euro coolness."
Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock: "Picture"
"Great karaoke song."
White Stripes: "In the Cold, Cold Night"
"Who knew the drummer could sing?"