Top 10 Miranda Lambert Songs
Miranda Lambert songs are some of the most consistently interesting and best-written among the current crop of country music stars. The singer-songwriter, who rose to prominence after placing third on ‘Nashville Star’ in 2003, has written and recorded some of the most challenging songs to come out of Nashville in the last ten years.
Lambert’s stock in the business has only risen since her high-profile marriage to fellow country star Blake Shelton, but it is her diverse songs — which range from revenge songs to gentle, heartfelt ballads — that have placed her among the forefront of the artists in contemporary country music. Our list of the Top 10 Miranda Lambert Songs draws from every facet of her celebrated career.
‘Me and Your Cigarettes’
Miranda wrote this tune with her now-husband, Blake Shelton, and good friend (and fellow Pistol Annies member) Ashley Monroe. The fourth track from her platinum CD, ‘Revolution,’ the song was originally written by the two women, and called ‘Your Cigarettes and Me,’ before Blake began playing around with the song and added a few changes, including the title. The end result? A song that’s still a fan favorite.
‘Famous in a Small Town’
Co-written by Travis Howard and Lambert, ‘Famous in a Small Town’ tells the story of growing up in a small town, where everyone is in everyone else’s business to such an extent that “everybody dies famous in a small town.” Released as the second single from Lambert’s second album, the song reached No. 14 on the Billboard country charts.
The fourth single from Miranda’s ‘Revolution’ CD, we’re not sure if it’s the tune or the star-studded video, which included appearances by Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Kellie Pickler and Laura Bell Bundy, that we love more. The song, which insists to those living the “high life” that “We might think a little differently / But we got a lot in common you will see / We’re just like you / Only prettier,” featured the four ladies performing double-duty in two rival high-school cliques. We’d like to redo a few of our own high-school memories after hearing this.
The title track, and third single, from Lambert’s debut album, this was an early indicator of the feisty side of the blossoming country star with whom America would soon fall in love. Singing, “Now I don’t hate the one who left / You can’t hate someone who’s dead / He’s out there holding on to someone, I’m holding up my smoking gun / I’ll find somewhere to lay my blame the day she changes her last name,” this Texas girl wasn’t afraid to make some noise.
Lambert and Shelton co-wrote this song about Shelton’s brother, who was killed in a car accident when the singer was younger. Shelton felt the song was too personal for him to be able to sing it on stage every night, so Lambert recorded it. The emotionally charged track reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, and took home Song of the Year honors at both the ACM and CMA awards.
‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Miranda included this emotion-packed tune, written by Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves and Shane McAnally, on her fourth CD, ‘Four the Record.’ Detailing the disappointment of a mother while her daughter “numbed the pain” of a lost love “at the expense of [her] liver,” we’re guessing when she’s left “Holdin’ the matches / When the fire trucks show up and there’s nobody else to blame,” her Mama will have plenty to say.
‘Gunpowder and Lead’
Perhaps the most daring song of her career, Lambert broke all kinds of rules when she released this song. Hinting at plans to do away with an abusive lover once he’s released from jail, the daughter of two real-life detectives sang, “I’m goin’ home, gonna load my shotgun / Wait by the door and light a cigarette / If he wants a fight well now he’s got one / And he ain’t seen me crazy yet,” followed by a promise to “Show him what a little girl’s made of / Gunpowder and lead,” with such authenticity, the song became her first Top 10 and her first platinum-selling hit.
‘Heart Like Mine’
Lambert kicked off 2011 by releasing this fifth and final single from ‘Revolution,’ which quickly became her second No. 1 hit. Written by Lambert with Ashley Monroe and Travis Howard, it’s a daring and unusual lyric: “‘Cause I heard Jesus, He drank wine / And I bet we’d get along just fine / He could calm a storm and heal the blind / And I bet He’d understand a heart like mine.”
‘White Liar’ is a catchy song of double betrayal that proves what goes around comes around. Confronting her boyfriend she caught cheating “with a redhead named Bernice,” she waits until the end of the song to admit she’s been lying, too. While the tune is amusing enough, it’s the accompanying video featuring Jamey Johnson as both a preacher and her secret lover that makes this one we’re going to remember for years to come.
‘The House That Built Me’
It’s the Grammy-winning song that single-handedly changed Lambert’s career. Discovered while listening to songs Blake was considering for his upcoming album, this ballad struck such a chord with his then-girlfriend that he gladly passed it on to her instead. She recalled “crying for two hours” when she first heard the Tom Douglas-Allen Shamblin-penned tune. The single features the narrator returning to a childhood home: “I thought if I could touch this place or feel it / This brokenness inside me might start healing.” Lambert won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for ‘The House That Built Me.’