FGF #152: News To Make You Smile

Every week Doubting Believer brings you things to watch, listen to and read that are sure to make you smile.

I realize that “official” playists can be controversial with serious music lovers, but since six out of 10 Americans have a playlist specifically curated for road trips, this compilation of the top songs seems like one we all can enjoy as we hit the road this summer.

WHAT SONGS WOULD BE ON THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP PLAYLIST?

  1. Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd 39%
  2. Hotel California, The Eagles 29%
  3. Life is a Highway, Tom Cochrane 27%
  4. Take Me Home Country Roads, John Denver 26%
  5. On the Road Again, Willie Nelson 25%
  6. Old Town Road, Lil Nas X 25%
  7. Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna 24%
  8. Highway to Hell, ACDC 23%
  9. Hit the Road Jack, Ray Charles 20%
  10. Here I Go Again, Whitesnake 18%
  11. Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen 18%
  12. Go Your Own Way, Fleetwood Mac 18%
  13. Ramblin’ Man, The Allman Brothers Band 17% (tied)
  14. Paradise City, Guns ‘N Roses 17% (tied)
  15. Route 66, Chuck Berry 17%
  16. Drivers License, Olivia Rodrigo 16%
  17. I’ve Been Everywhere, Johnny Cash 16%
  18. A Thousand Miles, Vanessa Carlton 15%
  19. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen 15%
  20. This Land is Your Land, Woody Guthrie 14%
  21. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers 14% (tied)
  22. Cruisin’, Smokey Robinson 14% (tied)
  23. Everyday is a Winding Road, Sheryl Crow 13%
  24. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan 13%
  25. Greased Lightnin’, John Travolta 13%
  26. Drive, The Cars 12%
  27. Made in the U.S.A., Demi Lovato 12%
  28. Little Deuce Coupe, The Beach Boys 12%
  29. Ride, Lana Del Rey 11%
  30. Roll with the Changes, REO Speedwagon 11%

Science Proves What We Already Knew–Nature is a Healer

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Some of our closest animal relatives have something to teach us about empathy and kindness.


Get some rest.

Talk to God.

Connect with people you love.

Have some fun.

Take good care of yourself. The world needs you.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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