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The force is with Luke

Luke Bryan, country idol, talks Metallica and shares the soundtrack of his life

THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT WITH MY OWN MONEY

''Michael Jackson's Thriller. It was just the biggest thing in the world. If you didn't have Thriller, you weren't cool. Yes, I could moonwalk. No, we couldn't afford the glove and the red jacket.''

THE ALBUM NOBODY WOULD EXPECT ME TO LOVE

''Metallica's ...And Justice for All. That would probably shock the most people. I'd never really gotten into rock, and it was the first time I heard a big rock album that really inspired me. I just thought it was awesome, the angst and the anger.''

THE SONG THAT MADE ME WANT TO BE A SINGER

'''You Look So Good in Love' by George Strait. My mother was a big George Strait fan, and she'd get me to sing it for her because she knew I was soundin' good.''

MY FAVORITE SONG TO PLAY LIVE (BRYAN'S DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR RUNS THROUGH OCT. 26)

'''Country Girl (Shake It for Me)' and 'I Don't Want This Night to End' are equally exciting. When we start playing 'em, it's fun to watch the whole place light up.''

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME TEAR UP

'''I'll Be There,' the Michael Jackson version. Every time I hear that, it's just amazing to me. And 'I Will Always Love You,' certainly, when you hear Whitney Houston do it.''

THE SONG I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED FOR

''I don't know if I've had that song yet. I just want to be remembered as somebody who gave it all they had on stage every night. I've got a ballad called 'Drink a Beer' on this next album that I think is going to be an amazing song for me one day. It's the coolest sad song I've ever heard. It's a heart-tugger.''

MUST SONG TO LISTEN TO IN LAS VEGAS OR ON A DATE ''Get Lucky'' by Daft Punk

Originally posted May 24, 2013 Published in issue #1261-1262 May 31, 2013 Order article reprints
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