Eileen Finan
November 01, 2016 03:15 PM

Martina McBride feels “Blessed.” With lines like “I feel like I’ve found my way/I thank God for all I’ve been given/At the end of every day,” the singer tells PEOPLE that her 2001 hit is the best song to sum up her life.

Trisha Yearwood also turns to her own catalogue for her life’s soundtrack. “If my life were a country song, it might be ‘Wrong Side of Memphis,’ which is one of mine, because that’s how I felt my whole life until I got to Nashville,” Yearwood says. “That song is about hearing yourself on the Opry stage, it’s about just getting to the place where the music is being made. That’s my life.”

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