Colorado Mountain Series Song List


Colorado Mountain Series Play List

The Colorado Mountain books are the mother lode of inspiration for great play lists. Country, rock, R&B, hip-hop, even “Hillbilly Rock” are all represented. Although Kristen Ashley gave us some great songs/bands, overall there wasn’t a lot of suggestions so most of this list is what spoke to me as I was reading. Some books ended up with lists so long I had to cut songs, and a couple were a bit harder for me, but with a little help from my friends I got by (see what I did there?).

Any song, artist, or band you see with an asterisk next to it were specifically mentioned in the book. If an artist or band is mentioned with no song, I picked what I thought would work the best for the book. Some songs were just for fun, some songs covered emotions or situations in the book. Click on the song name and it will take you to the video. I hope you enjoy!

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The Gamble

In The Gamble, the only mention of music is the little nugget that Max loves good 70’s rock which was awesome because so do I! I ended up already having all of the songs in on my iPod, but to immerse myself in it for an entire day was heaven. Obviously, it’s not all 70’s music, but I tried to stay true to Max’s taste, but also add in songs that spoke to me while I was reading.


Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Cowboy Junkies

The Eagles

Eric Clapton



Lenny Kravitz

Little River Band

Pink Floyd


The Troggs

Van Halen

ZZ Top

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Child of Mine was the only song mentioned so I was on my own. Carnal is all about the biker’s so I went with what I picture playing on the jukebox at Bubba’s. This was not hard for me since although my first memory is sitting on my Daddy’s bike, a close second is listening to him play his guitar and sing at BBQ’s and bars. A few of these songs are a huge part of the soundtrack of my life. I snuck some in there for Laurie, and I may have lost my way a bit with Green Day, but if two people have ever lived on a Boulevard of Broken Dreams it’s Tate and Laurie.


The Allman Brothers

Billy Squier

Chad Kroger

Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Doors

Golden Earring

Green Day

Guns N’ Roses

Kid Rock

Lynyrd Skynrd


Stevie Ray Vaughan

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

ZZ Top

Lady Luck

The music in Lady Luck is all about contradiction. Lexie was Country/Hillbilly Rock, Ty was Rap. Lexie was easy for me, Ty, a little bit harder since I am not a big rap fan. The bad news: only two songs were specifically mentioned, Disco Inferno and Amos Moses (See! Total opposites. The Good News: KA gave us lots of direction by naming a bunch of bands during Ty & Lexie’s drive from California to Colorado. I have to thank my LAL girls for helping me out with Ty’s music. I knew you girls would have my back.

*Alicia Keys

*Beyoncé and *Jay-Z

Bill Withers

*Black Eyed Peas

Creedence Clearwater Revival


*House of Pain

Jerry Reed

Marshall Tucker Band


Pure Prairie League

*Snoop Dog


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

3 Doors Down

50 Cent


Breathe was probably the easiest list for me to compile a song list for, not only because some kickass songs were mentioned, but because songs would play while I was reading and it would be spot on for what was on the page in front of me. Make You Feel My Love started playing during Faye’s “This is your dark?!” speech. Bridge Over Troubled Water came on when they were saying goodbye to Malachi, and of course, Just Breathe pretty much sums up the whole book, especially towards the end. Demons came on and I had to stop reading and just listen, it started out as Mace’s song from Rock Chicks, but he’s going to have to share with Chace now. It was everything Chase was feeling. I adore this song list.


Bad Company

Blake Shelton

The Bodeans

Bruce Springsteen

Cowboy Junkies (org. Velvet Underground)

Imagine Dragons

Dobie Gray

Ella Mae Bowen

John Mellencamp

Mazzy Star

Norah Jones

Pistol Annies

Simon and Garfunkel


I think the entire book was based on Colder Weather, which was the only song mentioned. It was another book that songs just fell into place. Some are self-explanatory, like Travelin’ Man, Free and Easy, and Until It’s Gone. Kiss Goodbye was another song that played at the perfect moment, during that goodbye kiss. Maggie Rose’s Broken reminded me of Zara. With a Little Help From My Friends is what Zara needed to be listening to as a reminder to let all those who cared about her help. One conversation just screamed for the Rolling Stones You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Dierks Bentley

Joe Cocker

Linkin Park

Little Big Town

Maggie Rose

Pink Floyd

Rolling Stones


Three Days Grace

Vince Gill

Zac Brown Band


Kaleidoscope needed a healthy dose of friends to lovers songs. Deck’s determination to help Emme whether she wanted it or not spoke to me strongly too. Broad-Shouldered Beasts just fell in my lap as I was on a Mumford and Sons kick. The first song to make the list was Sixx:A.M.’s Life is Beautiful. It’s the one I thought of when Emme gave Deck the Kaleidoscope and summed up the book for me. It took him a long time to open his eyes, but he got there.

Colbie Caillat

Cold Play

Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

Jason Isbell

Ray Montagne

Mumford and Sons

Rascal Flatts




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