The Top 10 Miranda Lambert Songs (So Far)

For the better part of a decade and a half Miranda Lambert has been one of country music’s biggest stars, and leading women. Since a 2003 third place finish ,in the now defuncted, Nashville Star, Lambert has captured two Grammy’s, 13 CMA’s, and 29!! Acm’s. After all that we still decided to take on the daunting task of ranking our top 10 Miranda Lambert songs, there truly are so many to choose from.

So here it goes!

10) Tequila Does (Wildcard) (Jack Ingram, Joe Randall, Miranda Lambert)

Coming in at #10 is Tequila Does off of Miranda’s latest album, Wildcard. On Tequila Does, Lambert laments her lovers not providing her with the same amount of love found in a bottle of ‘Cuervo’. The first two verses move slowly over beautiful instrumentation prior to a slight pause before the chorus begins. Then in the final verse the music slows even more before Lambert hits what seems to be the end of the song, but then the music starts up again in a new tempo for one final chorus. The Layout of the song coupled with the impeccable and creative writing makes this our #10 song. We hope that Tequila Does will be Miranda’s next single following Settling Down.

9) White Liar (Revolution) (Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby)

White Liar is one of the Lambert’s songs with the most compelling instrumentation, including a fiddle playing throughout. White Liar also features some of Lambert’s most descriptive songs lyrically. The song’s first two verses are about Lambert knowing that a guy has been cheating on her and asking why he’s a “white liar”. However, the twist at the end of the song where Lambert reveals herself to be a “white liar” as well, is what makes White Liar our #9 song.

8) Little Red Wagon (Platinum) (Audra Mae, Joe Ginsberg)

Little Red Wagon, accentuates one of Miranda’s many strengths, releasing music that’s an incredible amount of fun. Little In Little Red Wagon, Lambert realizes that a guy is simply stringing her along, and instead of using trite, cliché language, to tell him that she knows what game he’s playing, Lambert hilariously explains to him that he can’t ‘ride’ in her “little red wagon”. Before, telling him the technical difficulties with the Little Red Wagon, ” the front seat’s broken and the axle’s dragging” Lambert then concludes the chorus by telling the man the she doesn’t need him and he should see that when she’s “walkin’ jaws droppin’ like”. Lambert’s voice manages to bring this incredible concept to the next level, and for good measure Lambert throws in a signature grunt at the end of Little Red Wagon.

7) Tin Man (The Weight Of These Wings) (Jack Ingram, Joe Randall, Miranda Lambert)

This rare somber moment from the usually fiery Lambert comes in at #7. Released in 2016, following Miranda’s divorce from Blake Shelton, Tin Man is set in a conversation between Lambert and a figurative Tin Man. Throughout the conversation Lambert explains to the Tin Man that if he ever “felt one break he wouldn’t want a heart” and that he doesn’t know how ‘lucky’ he is. A vulnerable Lambert then offers the Tin Man the opportunity to take her heart given that “it’s in pieces now”. While only peaking at #15 on the Country Airplay charts (country radio’s gonna country radio) Tin Man is truly one of the finest songs Lambert has released.

6) Bluebird (Wildcard) (Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby)

On her most recent #1 hit, a subdued Lambert sings that despite all the hardships in her love life she manages to keep an everlasting love of songwriting. The title, Bluebird, is a reference to the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, where many songwriters get their start. Bluebird is a beautifully done love letter to songwriting and the ways that it has helped Lambert get through tough times.

5) Gunpowder & Lead ( Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) (Heather Little, Miranda Lambert)

If there is one song encapsulates the early part of Miranda Lambert’s career Gunpowder & Lead might just be it (we’ll get to the other contender later, don’t worry). Gunpowder & Lead features the fiery Lambert we all know and love. The song is premised around a battered women who’s man has been arrested, and she only has ‘2 miles til he makes bail’. The female ,realizing there’s not enough time to escape, decides to go home and load her shotgun and wait for him to come him. In the chorus Lambert sings “if he wants a fight well now he’s got one, he ain’t seen me crazy yet” before describing how he’s physically assaulted the woman. Lambert concludes the chorus by saying “I’m gonna show him what a little girl’s made of, gunpowder & lead”. Lambert’s contrast of the strong “little girl” to the supposed “real man” is some of her most effective lyrical messaging ever. This song has also proved Lambert to be an artist that was not content walking the line and releasing 25 versions of what essentially is one song. Instead, Gunpowder & Lead was a risky song choice, but boy did this risk payoff! Unfortunately, far too many artists still shy away from taking risks in their music, and country music would be served if more followed in Miranda’s footsteps.

4) Automatic (Platinum) (Nicolle Galyon, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby)

The soft, nostalgic, Automatic served as the lead single off Lambert’s fifth studio album, Platinum. Throughout the song Lambert is caught reminiscing about the good old days, and “how it all just seemed so good the way we had it, back before everything became automatic”. Lambert’s imagery throughout the song of everything from using a payphone to caseate tapes to cranking the old school car windows sets the tone for this beautifully done ode to hard work and the past.

3) Kerosene (Kerosene) (Miranda Lambert, Steve Earle)

Kerosene is the other contender for award of song that defined the early years Miranda’s career. We’ve written about Lambert being fiery but nothing can encapsulate that narrative better than a song titled Kerosene, right? On Kerosene a liberated sounding Lambert sings of being done with love, with the chorus concluding “I’m givin’ up on love ’cause love’s givin’ up on me” Lambert sings of giving love “everything I had and everything I got was bad” . Lambert gave love her all and now that it didn’t work out she’s gone sit back and “light it up and watch it burn” and just enjoy life without having to worry about relationships.

2) Over You (Four The Record) (Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert)

Over You is most definitely the most emotional song Lambert has ever released. Lambert and then boyfriend Shelton wrote this one together following the death of Blake’s brother. Miranda ended up recording after Shelton determined recording and performing the song would be too emotional for him. There’s nothing we can really say that describes this song better than the heart wrenching lyrics.

Weather man said it’s gonna snow
By now I should be used to the coldMid-February shouldn’t be so scary
It was only December
I still remember the presents, the tree, you and meBut you went away
How dare you, I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over youLiving alone here in this place
I think of you, and I’m not afraidYour favorite records make me feel better
‘Cause you sing along with every song
I know you didn’t mean to give them to meBut you went away
How dare you, I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over youIt really sinks in, you know
When I see it in stone’Cause you went away,
How dare you, I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

1) The House That Built Me (Revolution)

The House That Built Me is the crown jewel of Miranda’s catalogue. Much like in Automatic, in The House That Built Me stars a pensive Lambert looking back on the past. Yet, unlike Automatic the nostalgia found in The House That Built Me is founded in Lambert’s pain of growing up and wanting to return to her childhood, even if just for a moment, to remember where she came from. Lambert’s compelling journey back is ripe with incredible, tangible imagery that can draw in every listener to this stunning song.

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