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The Voice: The Top 5 Performances

The Voice: The Top 5 Performances (Seasons 1-6)

5. Cassadee Pope - "Over You" (Season 3, 2012) 

Cassadee would go on to be the most successful winner so far from The Voice with a platinum single and country chart success. Her cover of the Blake Shelton-penned ode to his brother is not sung perfectly, but her emotion is far beyond expectations for a reality show contestant. The shakiness in her voice in the beginning of the song lends a believable air to the ache and tentative start to the lyrics, the dull ache of losing the security you took for granted and will never find again. Her voice is plaintive towards the end, defiant, soaring, poignant. The second version embedded below 

4. Juliet Simms - "Oh Darling" (Season 2, 2012)

The original Beatles tune is a study in perfect pop songs: it starts tender and sweet, with harmonies and doo-wop backing vocals, a plea from a star-crossed lover outside the window of a teenager in a poodle skirt and silk ribbons in her hair. …

Nashville Soundtrack: Best Of Season 2

As ABC's Nashville just concluded its second season a few weeks ago, here's my picks for the best songs of the season.

"Trouble Is" (Episode 3: I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now)

"Trouble Is" could serve as the theme song for one of Nashville's main characters, Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere). A song you could easily imagine being sung by Miranda Lambert, with its sly winks to hell-raising and pictures painted of smoky bars, taxi rides to unknown destinations, and one more drink then you'd planned on. By far my favorite song of the season.

Ain't going home till I check a few more sins off of my list
If you're looking for me I'm gonna see, I'm gonna be where trouble is

Trouble is a guy with the guitar in the next bar
Trouble is I don't even have to know his name

"What If I Was Willing" (Episode 3: I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now)

The song that is Will's (Chris Carmack) first hit single when he is si…