Dierks Bentley’s Family Playlist

Car Tunes Include Meghan Trainor, X Ambassadors, Taylor Swift

The speakers in your car always tell the truth.

You can say you dig this song or adore that artist, but it’s what you turn on before you put the car in drive that really tells the story of the music you’re loving right now.

And if you have kids, it tells their stories.

For Dierks Bentley, that car playlist has a little bit of everything, and it’s not all country. At all, thanks to his children.

“I’m thinking about the last things we were listening to in the car. Jordan loves Meghan Trainor, so she loves the song ‘No,’ and she’s 5. Evie loves ‘Unsteady’ by the X Ambassadors, and my son Knox loves Taylor Swift,” Bentley told Hits Daily Double.

Bentley’s own tastes are just as varied.

“As far as country singers go, I grew up with my dad listening to stuff by artists like George Strait, Keith Whitley and Randy Travis. I love country music. I can go really deep on country. I really love bluegrass. So we listen to a little bit of everything. I love all kinds of music,” he said.

During his teenage years, Bentley says, he had a Hondo electric guitar and got into Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Winger and Pearl Jam.

“I started listening to Hank Jr. when I was like 17, and he was singing about drinking and had electric guitars, so I thought, ‘This is pretty cool,’” he said.

So thank you, Hank Williams Jr., for pulling Bentley out of that rock phase and getting him back where he belongs.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.