Top 10 Little Big Town Songs
Little Big Town songs are a mixed bag of lighthearted hangout soundtracks, heartfelt ballads and attitude-charged declarations — but they’re all decidedly ‘Little Big Town.’ The quartet is a unique conglomeration of vocalists who also happen to be songwriters who also happen to be instrumentalists, making the band stand out among the ever-growing crowd of talented country artists.
Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet exchange roles as lead singers and provide seamless harmonies for one another, each contributing to the story the band tells through every song they perform. The group earned their first hit nearly a decade ago, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. LBT’s longevity is a testament to their talent and dedication.
The sparse instrumentation and stomp-clap beat in ‘Tornado’ creates an ominous feeling from the first note — fitting for the song’s title. Though it doesn’t focus on a literal tornado, the tune is a metaphor for the revenge of a woman scorned, which can be just as destructive. The edgy, soulful title track to the band’s 2012 album deservedly hit No. 2 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts and No. 6 on the Hot Country charts, further proving Little Big Town’s longevity and musical prowess.
Though this song was made famous by a little band from across the pond called Coldplay, Little Big Town performed their own take on it at the CMT Music Builds benefit concert for those affected by the extreme weather in the south in 2011. Their performance was so touching, it was nominated for CMT Performance of the Year in 2012. The four voices blended seamlessly in the reverent arrangement with only two acoustic guitars for accompaniment, conveying genuine encouragement and support for the cause with the heartfelt song. LBT’s cover of ‘Fix You’ is an easy contender as one of their standout tunes.
‘Little White Church’
This 3-minute-long ultimatum is the story of a woman finally putting her foot down. ‘Little White Church’ features a sassy Fairchild on lead vocals, telling her man to make a commitment or get out. The chorus is an instant singalong, making listeners want to clap and join right in Fairchild’s declaration. The song was the leadoff single on Little Big Town’s 2010 record, ‘The Reason Why,’ and hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot Country Charts, adding another Top 10 hit to the band’s roster.
‘Life in a Northern Town’ (with Sugarland and Jake Owen)
The joint performance of the Dream Academy’s ‘Life in a Northern Town’ between Little Big Town, Sugarland and Jake Owen was a gem in Sugarland’s 2007 Change for Change Tour, and fans responded with enthusiasm, to say the least. CMT made the performance into a music video, released in 2008, and the unique collaboration even charted at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot Country charts. The epic, almost African-choir-like chorus in the 1985 hit requires a host of skilled vocalists to do the song justice, and the trio of artists provided just that. The performance was included on LBT’s re-release of ‘A Place to Land’ and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, along with CMA and ACM awards.
‘Your Side of the Bed’
‘Your Side of the Bed’ is just one of the songs in Little Big Town’s repertoire proving they can not only pull off a fun party song, but can perform an emotional ballad with skill and honest delivery. Karen Fairchild starts the tune off with a solemn performance, beginning the story of a couple facing a distance that has grown between them, though they are still side by side. The band serves up a 1-2 punch by throwing the second verse to Fairchild’s husband and bandmate Jimi Westbrook, providing the male perspective and selling the song with genuine passion. The song was released in 2013 off the album ‘Tornado’ and was well received by fans, though it was not a Top 10 hit.
The song that, ironically, put Little Big Town on the map, is ‘Boondocks’ — a tribute to growing up in the middle of nowhere and loving it. The 2005 single was the band’s first Top 10 hit, kicking off with a loud-and-proud lead vocal from Jimi Westbrook and a back-porch-jam-session kind of vibe. The song was the first single off the album ‘The Road to Here’ and hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Country charts, directing the band onward to bigger and better things.
‘Shut Up Train’
Everyone has experienced that middle-of-the-night, brain-won’t-turn-off feeling. It’s even worse with a broken heart. Little Big Town tap into this shared experience with ‘Shut Up Train,’ a pointed letter to a particularly loud train waking up the narrator and leaving her to face the pain she’s trying to ignore. The skillful songwriting in this tune pierces the listener’s heart and creates a poignant connection, making the song hard to forget. ‘Shut Up Train’ was featured on LBT’s 2010 album ‘The Reason Why,’ and though it was not released as an official single, it remains one of their strongest tracks.
If you need a song to put a pep in your step on a dreary Friday afternoon, look no further than Little Big Town’s ‘Day Drinking.’ Its upbeat feel — complete with a whistle hook — in addition to its interesting chord progression make the tune a perfect dose of serotonin to get you through those last few hours. The song is the first single off the band’s 2014 album ‘Pain Killer’ and became a Top 10 hit on the country charts.
Little Big Town show off their pure talent with ‘Girl Crush,’ a lonely ballad with a waltz-like personality, released as the second single off their 2014 album, ‘Pain Killer.’ Karen Fairchild delivers the lamenting tune with raw emotion, and her bandmates back her up with the beautiful harmonies LBT are known for. A clever twist on the popular phrase is the lyrical basis of the song, making listeners stop and hear the story the band is weaving — a different one than what’s expected from the title alone. The heartbreaking track shows the band’s honest side and true musicianship, which gives it a top ranking on our list of the best Little Big Town songs.
It’s the ultimate summer song, especially for anyone who knows the feeling of a lazy summer day on the lake. ‘Pontoon’ — the first single off Little Big Town’s 2012 record ‘Tornado’ — features a signature laid-back twang and clever, quirky lyrics. “Who said anything about skiin’?” the ladies of the group ask. “Floatin’ is all I wanna do. You can climb the ladder, just don’t rock the boat while I barbecue,” they explain. The tune resonated with fans as the perfect representation of what a lake day (or any day relaxing with friends) should be, earning Little Big Town their first No. 1 single.