Sunday, August 15, 2010

Let the Hatin' begin

What's the greatest Country song?

Feel free to leave your favorite in the comments. Even if it's Shania. But please please please no Rascal Flatts.

If you need mine, I need to think for a week for the absolute best. But these are some personal favorites:

And these are classics:

Only song to ever win two Grammies, right there. And yes, that's Steve Martin.

And these were huge commercial successes:

Shania - If you're not in it for love really isn't Country, but it sure sold a lot of records.

Garth Brooks - just about anything recorded in the 1990s, but Thunder Rolls is a favorite.

Dixie Chicks - They blew their career out because Natalie couldn't shut up, but they were huge - selling maybe as many albums as all other country artists in 2000.

Me, I prefer SheDaisy.

And this one is for Dad:

What's interesting looking back on this is that Country music's women are way over-represented here.

Hat tip: Theo Spark.


David said...

Patsy. Walkin' After Midnight.

Then there's everything else. :-)

doubletrouble said...

Absolute best? I dunno...

BUT- Patty Loveless, "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" is a big favorite here.

Politics aside, I like the DC's "Travellin' Soldier".

The Mrs. is all over the Miranda Lambert one... what's she got planned?

Borepatch said...

DT, don't let her near the cannon. Heh.

wolfwalker said...

I saw something the other day about "Gunpowder and Lead." Some op-ed piece somewhere -- don't recall where, not interested enough to find it again -- used it as a compare-and-contrast with some rap dreck. IIRC. the author was using "Gunpowder and Lead" to illustrate an old-fashioned "American" attitude toward women and domestic violence, while rap is exactly the opposite.

Never was much of one for country music, unless perhaps Charlie Daniels Band qualifies as country. I don't listen to standard country for the same reason I don't watch tragedies: my life as it is is already depressing enough, I don't need depressing music on top of that.

Sabra said...

Heh, you will likely keep my husband and I awake all night long arguing this.

I can't even figure it out for myself. There are so many very, very good songs out there. My favorite for a very long time was Steve Earle's "Guitar Town."

ASM826 said...

It's a song about love of place and people. I can't watch the video without getting something in my eyes. There's a lot of great songs, none touches me any more than this one.

Anonymous said...

Alison Krauss & Union Station, CMA 2005 - My Poor Old Heart

Morgan Page Feat. Lissie - The Longest Road

Anonymous said...

Bob said...

Mine are all posted at my blog, you can find them there, my all-time favorite being Jagged Edge of a Broken Heart by the now-forgotten Gail Davies.

Mark Alger said...

Charlie Daniels Band - Simple Man or Hey Mr DJ
Trace Adkins - Songs About Me (sic)
Martina McBride - Independence Day or Happy Girl or Broken Wing (Hell, the whole Evolution album)
Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors
whoever it was - Don't Take the Girl
Randy Travis - Three Wooden Crosses
Carlene Carter - Little Love Letters
Rodney Crowell - Houston Kid or My Past is Present

IOW, a little less heaviosity and a little more cheer.


Borepatch said...

Mark, Tim McGraw did "Don't Take The Girl."

TOTWTYTR said...

"Crazy" as sung by Patsy Cline.

Mark Alger said...

I wasn't sure it was him or Mark Chestnutt.


Ian Argent said...

It's a chestnut, but The Gambler always has a home in my playlists.

More modern classics; I have a soft spot for "How Do You Like Me Now", and Dirk Bently's "What was I thinking?"

KurtP said...

What about David Allen Coe's "perfect Country and Western song"?

Of course you're always going to have some that are so far off the mainstream that they're hanging off the scale, like the Rev. Horton Heat and their versions of country music:

Eat steak- (as you heard on those Boston Market ads about two years ago.


Cowboy love-

Enjoy some pshycobillys getting back to their Texas roots!

ajdshootist said...

Thing is has Natalie learnt to STFU as they were very very good.

Anonymous said...

Not really country, but it taps a similar vein: "The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down"--the original recording by The Band. The first time I heard it, it nearly brought this Yankee to tears.