That several album cuts were considered for this list of the Top 10 Miranda Lambert songs shows how strong of a catalog country's multi-time Female Vocalist of the Year has to count on. There are No. 1 hits and platinum hits, but there are also one or two that barely cracked the Top 20.
As a writer and performer, Lambert has become arguably the most important female in country music currently. She's influenced the next generation with songs about cheating, love and heartbreak that sound nothing like another's songs about those three country music staples. Over six albums (and counting) she's proven herself to be an innovator and creator. Every time she's preparing something new, we know to throw out expectations.
Most Lambert fans will agree with our choice for the No. 1 Miranda Lambert song, but the other nine are sure to draw criticism and controversy. That's okay — like the Texan, we welcome a spirited argument. Should her duet with Carrie Underwood supersede any seen above it? What about "Little Red Wagon," a song that inspired one of her best music videos?
ToC staff opinion and reader feedback helped shape this list, in addition to sales and radio data.
"Vice"From 'The Weight of These Wings' (2016)
"Vice," the No. 10 Song on our list of Miranda Lambert's top songs, introduced a new era for the country hitmaker. Find her at her most vulnerable on this powerful cut from The Weight of These Wings. While it was not a huge hit on the radio, she found sales success, critical acclaim and several awards nominations.
"White Liar"From 'Revolution' (2009)
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.
"Somethin' Bad" (Feat. Carrie Underwood)From 'Platinum' (2014)
The two most important country females of the last decade team up for a duet that finds both behind bars by the end. Yeah, we'll take that every time. "Somethin' Bad" is not only one of Lambert's best songs, it's among her best music videos and awards show performances.
"Kerosene"From 'Kerosene' (2005)
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.
"Mama's Broken Heart"From 'Four the Record' (2011)
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.
"Automatic"From 'Platinum' (2014)
Of all the songs on Platinum, "Automatic" has held on to radio airplay the longest. The chill introduction to her fifth studio album let us know a nostalgic record was coming. The song was a reflection of where she was at in life at that time. It helped us all push pause, for at least three or four minutes.
"Over You"From 'Four the Record' (2011)
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 ex-husband Blake Shelton. It's about his brother, who 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.
"Tin Man"From 'The Weight of These Wings' (2016)
Why do we love it so much when Miranda Lambert hurts? Of course we mean in a song, but "Tin Man" is tied closely to real life, so there is enjoyment in her suffering, which is wrong ... but so right. The song is sure to help others heal after a breakup.
"Gunpowder and Lead"From 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' (2007)
"Gunpowder and Lead" ranks high on this Top 10 Miranda Lambert Songs list 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"From 'Revolution' (2009)
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. 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.