Top 10 Sara Evans Songs
Sara Evans‘ songs have permeated the music scene since the late ’90s, effectively establishing her as one of country’s resident sweethearts. Though her music is often upbeat (and sometimes even quirky), she can deliver an emotional breakup song with the best of ’em. Evans’ songs each have a unique approach and style, but we’ve narrowed it down to the Top 10.
‘I Keep Looking’
Good country songs are, at their core, relatable, and ‘I Keep Looking’ is just that. It’s about that ‘grass is always greener’ mindset we can all identify with: curly-haired girls want straight hair. Girls with boyfriends want to be single again and so on. As the fourth single from ‘Born to Fly,’ the song’s playful country-pop style and hooky chorus earned it a spot in the Top 10 on Billboard’s country charts and in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
‘She Will Be Loved’ (with Maroon 5)
Though not an original from the book of Sara Evans songs, this unique duet appeared on ‘CMT Crossroads’ in 2008. Evans joined forces with Maroon 5 for this stripped down performance of the sensitive pop/rock ballad — a fun departure from Evans’ usual style, but one that still caters to her strengths. Her vocals mesh beautifully with Adam Levine’s as she provides perfect harmonies to complement his, and she brings a delicate, yet compelling quality to the melody. Evans’ ‘She Will Be Loved’ is a standout performance, earning it the No. 9 spot on our Top 10 list.
‘Saints & Angels’
The third single off Evans’ double-Platinum album ‘Born to Fly,’ ‘Saints & Angels’ is an uplifting ballad which reminds us that though we are all broken and can hurt one another from time to time, love and grace can reconcile us. It features a memorable, powerful chorus showcasing Evans’ vocal prowess. The song climbed to No. 16 on Billboard’s country charts in 2001.
‘I Could Not Ask for More’
Evans lent her voice to this Edwin McCain song in 2000, bringing a feminine perspective to the popular love tune which was originally released the previous year. Evans’ version rose to No. 2 on the Billboard country charts, exposing a new audience to the hit written by songwriting queen Dianne Warren. The song built on the popularity of the previous single, ‘Born to Fly,’ and kept Evans in the spotlight as a budding star.
‘No Place That Far’
This emotional ballad was one of Evans’ earliest commercial releases and had the added bonus of background vocals performed by Vince Gill. The song is a declaration of a love without boundaries, and the soft blend of Evans and Gill’s vocals communicate the tender message honestly. The song was Evans’ first No. 1 single and a poignant introduction to her career.
‘A Real Fine Place to Start’
In the mid-2000s, Evans was still reminding audiences of her talent and staying power. ‘A Real Fine Place to Start,’ the title track from her fifth studio album, is a carefree resolution to not hold back in a new relationship. The song was a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s country charts, and its singable chorus and belty bridge make it a memorable piece of Evans’ repertoire.
‘Slow Me Down’
Evans’ ‘Slow Me Down’ is a catchy pop spin on her usual country style. Evans sings from the perspective of a woman on the brink of leaving her significant other, giving him one last chance to make it right. The song’s staccato string hook and airy vocal runs in the tag make a tune perfectly suited to get stuck in your head — in a good way. ‘Slow Me Down’ is the first single and title track from Evans’ seventh studio album, and No. 4 on our list of the Top 10 Sara Evans songs.
‘Suds in the Bucket’
One of Evans’ most well-known hits, ‘Suds in the Bucket’ is the kind of storytelling country music is known for. It’s classic tale of a girl growing up too fast — to her parents’ dismay — riding off in a white truck with a boy and leaving her family behind. The quirky, upbeat style and humorous ‘Suds in the Bucket’ video keep the message lighthearted, though, and earning Evans’ another No. 1 country hit and even a spot in the Top 40 on the pop charts. ‘Suds in the Bucket’ is a signature song for Evans and easily deserves the No. 3 slot on our Top 10 Sara Evans Songs list.
‘A Little Bit Stronger’
Almost every woman can identify with this breakup ballad. It walks listeners through the difficult healing process after a long relationship ends — though it might be crushing at first, as each day goes by, she gets a little stronger. Penned by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, this song reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country charts and was Evans’ first Platinum-certified single.
‘Born to Fly’
Evans skyrocketed to country stardom in 2000 with the title track from her third studio album, ‘Born to Fly.’ The song is an anthem for those of us who often daydream about the future and can’t wait to get there. Its strong chorus allows Evans’ voice to shine, further proving to country music audiences she was — and still is — the real deal. A No. 1 hit on Billboard’s country charts, ‘Born to Fly’ is Evans’ most commercially successful hit for a reason. The singable tune might haunt you for days after you hear it, but you probably won’t mind. This song has undoubtedly earned the No. 1 spot among the best Sara Evans songs.