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"I don't have many visions about being married, so we'll see how it goes," the country star said on Friday's episode of Spotify's 10 Songs That Made Me

By Brianne Tracy
January 15, 2021 10:30 AM
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Morgan Wallen
Morgan Wallen
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Morgan Wallen isn't in any rush to get married — but when the big day eventually comes, he does have one request.

On Friday's episode of Spotify's 10 Songs That Made Me, the "More Than My Hometown" singer, 27, revealed that he wants Bad Company's 1975 power ballad "Feel Like Makin' Love" to be played at his future wedding.

"I kind of made this as a joke, to be honest," said Wallen, who is currently single. "I don't have many visions about being married, so we'll see how it goes. I hope everybody gets lucky that night!"

"You know, I want it to be cool," he added. "I just want all my friends and family to be there to share in that moment with me. I haven't really thought about, like, the setting or anything like that. I think the girl usually handles that part anyway, so I'll roll with it."

Elsewhere in the episode, Wallen — who shares son Indigo Wilder, 6 months, with ex KT Smith — named the song that impacted him as a child: The Soggy Bottom Boys' 2000 cover of "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow."

"It's a song that I was obsessed with as a child," he said. "I grew up in Sneedville, Tennessee, and bluegrass was something that was very prominent there. That's just one of the first songs that I remember hearing."

"It makes me happy, even though it's a song about sorrow and suffering," he continued. "It's a warm spot in my heart because it's one of the first songs other than, you know, hymns that I was really introduced to."

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Wallen also said that hearing Alan Jackson's 2006 version of "The Old Rugged Cross," a hymn he often heard in church growing up, made him want to be a musician.

"I really love Alan Jackson, just his whole catalog," he said. "I think he's one of the best songwriters and singers ever. I think he really captured the feeling behind that song, and I really connected to the melody and the words. It meant a lot to me as a kid. I learned it then, and it helped me develop my love for music as a whole."

As a teen, Wallen said he started to discover music outside of church and his home, namely in the rock 'n' roll genre. The first album he ever bought was Breaking Benjamin's 2006 record Phobia, which includes one of his favorite songs, "The Diary of Jane."

"I was getting into my teenage years and starting to have a little bit more freedom than I'd had in the past as far as making choices, whether that's with music or anything in life," he said. "I went through a phase where I really liked that kind of rock 'n' roll music. My dad really likes rock 'n' roll, so I think I probably got that from him."

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Morgan Wallen at his Los Angeles show in March
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When it comes to the song that got him through the teenage angst of this period, Wallen said it was Nickelback's 2003 single "Someday."

"I went through the phase of where I mostly listened to rock, that kind of rock," he said. "That song has a hopeful message, and it gave me a good feeling about what the future held. I did, pretty much, you name it. I snuck out, definitely yelled at my parents a couple of times. That quickly ended though; my dad put a stop to that."

"Me and my dad, we're very similar, and we butted heads a little bit while I was going through that time because he was just looking out for me," he added. "But I thought I knew everything like most people do when they're that age. So it helped with that. And luckily, me and my dad are really, really close now. So we got through it."

During his teenage years, Wallen said he also fell in love with Eric Church's "Love Your Love the Most" and Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane's "We Be Steady Mobbin."

As for the rest of the songs on his list, Wallen named The War on Drugs' "Pain" as the one he loves that would surprise people and Church's "Springsteen" as the tune he wishes he had written. For his final song, Wallen picked The Eagles' "Take It Easy" as the one that equals joy to him.

"I grew up around a lot of classic rock because of my dad, and this song is one that made me feel like everything was good and right in the world," he said. "I still get those same feelings when I listen to it every single time. Life can bring lots of stress, for everyone. Music is my main way of dealing with that, and this song just really perfectly takes you to a place that makes you feel all right."

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In addition to naming the 10 songs that made him, Wallen discussed on the episode the inspiration behind the songs on his new double album Dangerous, starting with the track "Livin' the Dream."

"We wanted to make a song that shows a different side of fame," he said. "We wrote it before I had even experienced some of it. The longer that it's been, the more growth that my career has seen. I've almost gotten closer with this song through time, and I think maybe that trend will continue if the success keeps going the way that it does."

Wallen said that while writing "Livin' the Dream," he wanted to show the not-so-glamorous side of fame.

"It's not all partying and fun," he said. "There's a side to it that is a little bit invasive and a little bit strange. When you're being raised up, you don't really get prepared for that. It just kind of happens, and it sometimes happens fast. It's a little bit hard to deal with, so we just wanted to be honest. I wanted to say how I felt sometimes. I think we really did it well as far as explaining it, and we didn't make it for a pity party. We just wanted to get our feelings out there, and I think we did it the right way."

Morgan Wallen
Morgan Wallen
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Overall, Wallen said creating Dangerous: The Double Album was a "blast."

"With the way everything occurred in 2020, it [was] my way of getting away from it all," he said. "It wasn't ever a goal or a plan to make a double album as my second album. It really just happened naturally. We started off the year with about 20 songs and then once quarantine happened, I wrote probably four or five right at the beginning. So we got that number up to around 25 or so, and 30 was never the goal. That's just kind of how it happened."

"It'll be 32 once the exclusive comes out," he added. "And I felt like each song was unique. I felt like each story was unique and I felt like they were all real and personal. If there ever was a time where people needed music, I think it's now. So it all kind of came together."