Top 10 Miranda Lambert Songs
With only two No. 1 hits, some might wonder why Miranda Lambert deserves her own Top 10 songs list. Those people haven't listened to any of her four albums from start to finish. The singer and wife to Blake Shelton has consistently created some of the most unique and original country music since debuting with 'Kerosene' in 2005. 'Revolution' is by far her most successful, but that album only built upon the groundwork she'd laid down previously. In 10 years, a list of Top 10 Miranda Lambert songs could be much different as she keeps releasing tracks that top previous efforts. This list includes two from 'Four the Record,' one from 'Kerosene,' three from 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and four from 'Revolution.' Criteria considered were each song's chart performance and sales figures, Taste of Country staff opinions and reader comments. You can leave your opinions on where we got it right or wrong in the feedback section below.
'Famous in a Small Town'
This second single from Lambert's second album resonates with anyone who's grown up in a one-stoplight town or been on the receiving end of a bad rumor. That's pretty much everyone. 'Famous in a Small Town' was Lambert's most radio-friendly song to date when it was sent out in the spring of 2007. The catchy chorus made it an earworm you looked forward to hearing again, even if the lyrics (and video) were a little cornier than what fans had come to expect.
After two pensive and artistic singles, Lambert returned to the well of anger and fire with 'White Liar' in September 2009. This is a good but not great lyrical effort from Lambert, but she showed growth with this song by capping the impulsiveness that marked her early career with a more polite way to get revenge. No one died and nothing got burned down in this Top 5 hit, which was probably a wise career move.
'Me and Your Cigarettes'
Aside from the songs on Lambert's most recent album, 'Four the Record,' this is the only album cut included on this list of the Top 10 Miranda Lambert Songs. The metaphor is cold and cruel, but a more accurate description about how it feels to be used in a relationship cannot be found. She wrote this song with Shelton and Pistol Annies bandmate Ashley Monroe. It could have easily worked its way onto the trio's debut album as well.
'More Like Her'
It's clear after a single listen (and then by watching her emotional scenes in the video) that this song is very personal to Lambert. It's about trying to compete with another woman, leaving one to wonder if early in her relationship with Shelton she was doing just that. Despite not being a huge commercial hit, this song is a brilliant performance of a great lyric. It makes our list of the top Miranda Lambert songs for its artistic value, if nothing else.
'Mama's Broken Heart'
Lambert says this is the one song from 'Four the Record' that she had to have above all others on the 2011 project. In addition to being extremely catchy, the song paints a vivid picture of a breakup that we've all (even men, although most won't admit it) lived, at least in a fantasy. Sonically it's unlike anything she's ever released; the eerie swing sounds like something from a Quentin Tarantino movie.
'Heart Like Mine'
Critics called this one of the most radio-friendly songs Miranda Lambert has released, but it never became one fans of the singer's connected to as passionately as others on this list of her best songs. It has a great lyric about a girl who's a little rough around the edges. "‘Cause I heard Jesus, he drank wine / And I bet we’d get along just fine," she sings. It merits inclusion on this list for the unique lyrics -- and because it was a one of only two No. 1 hits.
The importance of this song to Lambert's career can't be understated. In addition to being her first gold single and a Top 20 hit in early 2006, it set the tone for how fans would think of the singer for years to come. A fiery and reckless performance at a country music awards show served as an introduction to this seemingly quiet blond from East Texas. It was a bit unconventional for mid-2000s country music, so it labored to gain a grip on the mainstream. But those who dug into her lyrics found a thrilling story.
It's really difficult to get through this song with dry eyes, even on first listen -- and in country music, there's a direct relationship between the number of tissues used and how great a song is. Lambert wrote this song with husband Blake Shelton. It's about his brother was killed in a car accident when he was younger. When Lambert sings this song, she somehow captures every tear her husband has ever shed.
'Gunpowder and Lead'
'Gunpowder and Lead' ranks high on this list of the Top 10 Miranda Lambert Songs because it's so much more than a reactionary chick anthem. In just a few words, Lambert convinces us why the jerk who's about to walk through the front door deserves what he's got coming. The wild guitar solo that finishes the song almost tells the rest of the story. This was Lambert's first platinum single, and it's the song that would forever make men more than a little bit afraid of her.
'The House That Built Me'
When 'Revolution' was released in 2009, early believers grew impatient waiting for 'The House That Built Me' to become the career-defining hit it was destined to be. It's not sad, lyrically -- no one dies or gets dumped -- but it touches an emotional place that no country song has found before or since. Awards, sales, chart performance ... this ballad is tops in all categories for Lambert. But as anyone who's dabbed away tears listening to it knows, it still would have been the No. 1 song on this list had she never released it to radio.