Blake Shelton Is All About That Bass

Singer Calls Self-Love Pop Hit "Crazy Fun"

I guess, in a way, Blake Shelton does have all the right junk in all the right places. So I can see him getting Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” stuck in his head.

He told People magazine the infectious pop tune is the one that’s stuck in his head. I’m sure you’ve heard it, too. It’s the one about accepting yourself and loving your body and that every inch of you is perfect and how boys like a little more booty to hold at night.

“I literally can’t relate to it lyrically, but it’s just crazy fun,” Shelton said.

The song is Trainor’s debut single, even though she has been songwriting for a while. And she even wrote Rascal Flatts’ “DJ Tonight” with Shay Mooney from Dan + Shay.

Other songs on Shelton’s list of favorites right now are some oldies, like David Frizzell and Shelly West’s “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” and Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” Shelton admitted that if he’s thinking about something sad when he hears that one, “I got to go hide somewhere.”

He also has Jerry Reed’s “East Bound and Down” on the list, recalling it was the song he would sing when he was playing with his Hot Wheels cars in the dirt. (I would pay someone about a million dollars to see a home movie of that.)

But what is Shelton’s all-time favorite song?

It’s the one that so aptly sums up his life — Hank Williams Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive.”

“It just covers it all for my lifestyle,” he said. “Whenever I try to think of myself, I think of myself as an outlaw. A badass. And this song covers all of that.”

The 1982 hit about the litany of things that make a country boy country — a shotgun rifle, four-wheel drive, good ole tomatoes and homemade wine, whiskey and smoke — is a long way from Trainor’s tune. But that just goes to show you how diverse Shelton’s influences really are.

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