Sugarland: 10 Prime Hits

"All I Want to Do," "Baby Girl," "Stay" Among Staff Favorites

Sugarland will be taking fan requests on tour this spring and summer. And all we want to do (ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh) is hear our personal favorites. Here are 10 prime hits from Sugarland chosen by the staff.

“All I Want to Do”
OK, I’ll admit I found the “ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh” part to be a little irritating at first, but I’ll also be the first to admit I tend to be easily irritated, in general. However, once you’ve heard that vocal hook, it’s almost impossible to get it out of your mind. For some reason, strong musical hooks seem to be in short supply these days, but Sugarland’s ability to deliver them is a key reason for their phenomenal success. As far as “All I Want to Do,” how can you argue with the concept of spending a lazy day with the one you love? It’s a lightweight, feel-good song that makes you feel better — and maybe a little less irritated. — Calvin Gilbert

“Already Gone”
I’ve never been the nostalgic type, and I’ve definitely walked away from relationships too soon (and sometimes not soon enough). That’s probably why “Already Gone” speaks to me. In this bittersweet ballad, Jennifer Nettles is one step ahead of her current situation, whether it’s leaving home or facing a breakup. I think the line that gets me is about having your “whole life down to one box.” Even now, that’s about all the storage I’d need to move on to the next thing. And I know which Sugarland song I’d play as soon as I hit the open road. — Craig Shelburne

“Baby Girl”
“Baby Girl” was one of the first Sugarland songs I heard back when they were essentially a bar band working in the Atlanta area. At that time, the trio hadn’t yet been courted by any Nashville record labels. Written by Sugarland’s three original members and Troy Bieser, “Baby Girl” displayed Sugarland’s immediate appeal, which was Jennifer Nettles’ distinctive and piercing voice. You either loved her vocals, or you didn’t. I did. The song also includes some of Sugarland’s more telling lyrics, including this passage: “Black top, blue sky, big town full of little white lies/Well, everybody’s your friend: You can never be sure/They’ll promise fancy cars and diamond rings, all sorts of shiny things/But, girl, you’ll remember what your knees are for.” After a showcase at Nashville’s 12th & Porter in 2004, Mercury Nashville was quick to sign the group. “Baby Girl” was the first single from their label debut, Twice the Speed of Light, and the video featured all three leaders of Sugarland, including the now-departed member Kristen Hall. — Chet Flippo

“It Happens”
Now here is an insightful, glass-half-full outlook on life: “It happens.” I’m sure most everyone can relate to at least one of the stories in this song where things just don’t go the way you planned. Woke up late? Got a flat tire? Crashed your neighbor’s Cadillac into your ex’s truck? I keep this song lined up in my playlists as a gentle reminder from Sugarland to roll with the punches and to keep my chin up. Life is unpredictable, but when the downer events happen, it helps me to dance and let go laughing. — Kay Savage

“Just Might (Make Me Believe)”
When “Just Might (Make Me Believe)” hit the charts in 2005, I was on the final streak of my six-year run in college. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but there was so much stress in finally getting there that the tunnel felt like it was getting longer. Fast-forward to the present, and I still have those days. We all do, and it’s suffocating at times. There’s a line in the song that says, “It’s just day to day tryin’ to make ends meet,” and that’s so true for most people in this day and age. What we need is the same thing I needed back then — reassurance and an escape from life’s craziness. For me, that’s hitting the highway with some fresh air and lively tunes to unwind my mind. One of the songs in my gotta-get-away playlist is “Just Might (Make Me Believe)” because of its instant relaxation effect. It serves the same purpose for me as the companion does for the girl in the song — a reminder that everything is going to be all right. — Lacey Spears

“Settlin'” may be the perfect theme song for Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush since they’re always striving for something new and better with their music. While the empowering Nettles sings about reaching for the sky and resisting the urge to settle in her love life, Bush leads a bouncy instrumental section that keeps the energy high. I feel like supportive messages are something Sugarland does especially well. Plus, if they ever feel the need to explore beyond country music, there’s always motivational speaking. — Chris Parton

“Something More”
“Something More” speaks to anyone who’s ever felt like they were wasting their time at a dead-end job. One winter, I worked for a tiny production company in Colorado editing videos for their website. I hated every minute of it. I didn’t get to go on any of the shoots or do any of the “cool” stuff. I was stuck at a messy, crowded desk staring at a computer screen, editing someone else’s adventures. I quit a few days early before heading back to school and spent the last week doing what I had really come to Colorado to do: skiing as much as I possibly could. How could you not be tempted to quit your job and follow your dreams when Jennifer Nettles belts out, “I need a little less hard time, I need a little more bliss.” In the bubbly and inspiring music video, Nettles’ finds her bliss at the beach, where she’s so overcome, she jumps in the ocean. — Bryan Rogala

Jennifer Nettles wrote “Stay,” but I wonder if every “other woman” out there didn’t have a part in the crafting of this song. All those thoughts that must run through your mind when you’re in love with a man who isn’t yours found their way into this sad song of infidelity, such as “I’m so tired of being lonely,” “Praying she won’t call,” “Why does she get the best of you” and “She can’t love you like me.” Nettles just nailed it and really got into the heads of the women who are crazy about the wrong guy. But after the bridge of this song, when Nettles sings about deserving more, she tells him to stay. Not with her this time, but with his wife. It is an empowering twist and sends the right message: don’t waste another minute on him. — Alison Bonaguro

“Stuck Like Glue”
This song confused me the first few times I heard it. Stuck like glue? I don’t usually compare my relationships or feelings to school supplies. However, after seeing their performance on the 2010 CMA Awards, I completely changed my outlook. Jennifer Nettles’ eye-catching tutu, her yoga-inspired dance moves and the lighthearted feel of the song gave me a new appreciation. Afterwards, I couldn’t stop playing it. While trying to mimic her movements, I memorized every word of her reggae mash-up in the middle of the song. Now that it’s one of my favorite Sugarland songs, I don’t mind when the sticky and sweet melody of “Glue” gets stuck up in my head. — Whitney Self

“Want To”
In “Want To,” the duo’s first No. 1 hit, Jennifer Nettles navigates through the difficult terrain of deciding whether to stay friends or pursue a romantic relationship. What she wants to do is obvious: “We could keep things just the same/Leave here the way we came/with nothing to lose/But I don’t want to if you don’t want to.” Unless you’re immune to rejection, we’ve all experienced that feeling of wanting someone but not being 100 percent sure the feeling is mutual, which can lead to unnerving vulnerability. I like to think she gets the guy in the end. After all, she’s now married to Justin Miller, the handsome actor in the video. — Stephanie Pendergrass