Just as songs can grow on us over time, songs can lose their shine just as easily. These are the songs that I once enjoyed and even loved in some cases, but have lost their appeal either due to over exposure or changing tastes.
What songs did you once enjoy, but now no longer appreciate?
Here’s my list:
- Tim McGraw, “Don’t Take the Girl”
- Garth Brooks, “The Dance”
- Garth Brooks, “The River”
- Brad Paisley, “Online”
- Dolly Parton, “Think About Love” (Though I’d like this one again with updated production)
Today’s Top Five: What are five “deep cuts” of a favorite artist that you recommend to those who might only know that artist’s hits?
Here’s my list for Tim McGraw:
- Why We Said Goodbye
- Tickin’ Away
- Open Season on My Heart
- Between the River and Me
- Still on the Line
We’ve all got ’em.
What are the five albums from artist you love that you try to pretend didn’t happen? (Or at least just don’t copy over to your iPod)
Here’s my list:
- Sugarland, The Incredible Machine
- Tim McGraw, Emotional Traffic
- Trisha Yearwood, Where Your Road Leads
- Dolly Parton, Rainbow
- Randy Travis, Full Circle
From reader and longtime commenter bob:
Top Five Songs with “Gone” in the Title.
Here’s my list:
- “Long Time Gone” – Dixie Chicks
- “You’re Gone” – Diamond Rio
- “Already Gone” – Sugarland
- “Consider Me Gone” – Reba McEntire
- “Can’t Be Really Gone” – Tim McGraw
Today’s Daily Top Five is the promised Rodney Crowell edition.
He’s such a legendary songwriter that I’m putting up three Top Fives – albums, singles, and songs written by him that were recorded by others!
Share yours in the comments. Here are my lists:
- The Outsider
- Fate’s Right Hand
- The Houston Kid
- Tarpaper Sky
- Ain’t Living Long Like This
We haven’t done a Daily Top Five for a few days, so the original post is going to be lengthier than usual.
Loyal fans of an artist usually love album cuts and rarities as much as they do the singles, if not more. Today we ask, what are your five favorite lesser-known tracks by your five favorite artists?
You don’t have to to pick five artists in the comments, of course. But for the artists you pick, try to avoid singles!
I’m cheating and using my iPod play counts to help me out here.
Here are my five favorite fan favorites from five of my favorite artists:
- Dreaming Fields
- Woman Walk the Line
- Standing Out in a Crowd
- Little Hercules
- Harmless Heart
Today’s Daily Top Five asks you to pick the five albums you would use to make a case for country music to the unconverted listener.
Here are the five albums I would lend/rip/share in a .zip to someone willing to give country music a chance:
- Dixie Chicks, Home
- Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying
- Reba McEntire, For My Broken Heart
- Alan Jackson, A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little ‘Bout Love)
- Shania Twain, The Woman in Me
What are your Top Five Country Convert Albums?
Once again, technical difficulties derailed yesterday’s Daily Top Five. So we’re doubling down today.
Ever notice how the Vocal Event categories at country award shows honor harmony vocals as much as they do real, full-fledged duets? The spiritual godfather of all of this is “You and I”, the not quite duet by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle, “You and I.” But the modern trend goes back to the award-sweeping “It’s Your Love”, the not quite duet by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
So for today’s Daily Double Top Fives, we’re asking you to make the distinction that the award shows don’t. What are your favorite five duets, which feature two artists actually trading off lines, and what are your favorite five “all-star” harmony vocals?
Here are mine:
Top Five Duets
- Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, “The Last Thing on My Mind”
- Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty, “After the Fire is Gone”
- Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, “You Can’t Make Old Friends”
- Suzy Bogguss & Billy Dean, “Something Up My Sleeve”
- Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss, “Whiskey Lullaby”
Top Five Harmony Vocals
- Linda Ronstadt with Emmylou Harris, “I Can’t Help it (If I’m Still in Love with You)”
- Tim McGraw with Faith Hill, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”
- Patty Loveless with George Jones, “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me”
- Vince Gill with Patty Loveless, “When I Call Your Name”
- Trisha Yearwood with Emmylou Harris, “Woman Walk the Line”
As we’re prepping our 1993 lists, there have been many debut albums in consideration. That year brought the first studio sets from big stars like Tracy Byrd, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, and Clay Walker. Also, sentimental favorites of attentive listeners, like Brother Phelps. Shawn Camp, Bobbie Cryner, Lisa Stewart, and Lari White also released their first discs.
Debut albums aren’t always great. Sometimes the artistic voice just isn’t there yet. But some new artists knock it out of the park the first time out.
Today we ask: What are your Top Five Debut Albums?
Here’s my list:
- Kim Richey, Kim Richey
- Clint Black, Killin’ Time
- Randy Travis, Storms of Life
- Bobbie Cryner, Bobbie Cryner
- Emmylou Harris, Pieces of the Sky
“Kiss You in the Morning”
Written by Larry Michael White and Justin Tyler Wilson
Launching a new artist with this generic a single does a tremendous disservice to their budding career.
“Kiss You in the Morning” sounds exactly like everything else on the radio. It covers the most well-trodden lyrical ground in today’s country music. Ray’s a decent enough singer and the production is controlled, so it’s not memorable for being bad. Trouble is, it’s not really memorable at all.