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Secret Life of the American Teenager

Renee Olstead’s 5 Best Songs

When Renee Olstead isn’t busy playing a sex-crazed (yet lovable) ditz on Secret Life of the American Teenager, she’s a professional songstress!

We got a sampling of Renee’s stellar pipes when she broke into song during Leo and Betty’s Secret Life wedding, and there’s way more where that came from. This diva-in-the-making has released three albums — and even performed one of her tunes on The Oprah Winfrey Show!

We’ve rounded up Renee’s 5 most show-stopping songs for you to rock out to while you write in your Ricky dream journal. Enjoy!

1. “You’ve Changed” (Skylark)
A melancholy song about the end of a relationship that will leave you crying into a pillow ... or eating a tub of ice cream. Renee’s vocals are slow, low and lovely, and are accompanied by a classic jazzy snare drum.

You're just not the angel I once knew
No need to tell me that we're through
It's all over now, you've changed

2. “A Love That Will Last” (Renee Olstead)
A bluesy love song with delicate harmonies that will make fans of Norah Jones swoon. This hit would be a great accompaniment to any romantic comedy — preferably starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

So call me romantic
Oh I guess that's so
There's something more that you oughta know
I'll never leave you
So don't even ask
I want a love that will last

3. “Taking A Chance On Love” (Renee Olstead)
This beautiful song would be perfect for Ricky and Amy’s first dance! It’s sweet, sassy and has a great trumpet solo that we can totally see the Rickster busting a move to.

I walk around with a horseshoe
In clover I lie
And brother rabbit of course you
Better kiss your foot good-bye

4. “Summertime” (Renee Olstead)
This funky and sexy blues song is Renee at her finest — with a stunning a capella at the beginning! Plus, we never say no to songs that involve organ playing.

Summertime and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin', and the cotton is high
Your Daddy's rich and your Mama is good lookin'
So, hush, little baby don't you cry

5. “What A Difference A Day Makes” (Renee Olstead)
This sweet and sultry tune makes us picture Renee belting it out on top of a piano as a full-jazz band accompanies her spectacular vocals. How is it possible this gal isn’t a chart topper?!

My yesterday was blue, dear
Today I'm a part of you, dear
My lonely nights are through, dear
Since you said you were mine

12.12.2011 / 09:58 PM EDT by Mehera Bonner
Related: Secret Life of the American Teenager, Renee Olstead

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