Daily Top Five: Dwight Yoakam

Dwight YoakamThose of you enjoying Dwight Yoakam’s new album, Second Hand Heart, have probably been fans for a long time!

Today, we’re sharing are top five albums and tracks for the legendary singer.  Tomorrow, we’ll tackle the other legend who street dated this week.

Here are my top fives:


  1. Gone
  2. Under the Covers
  3. This Time
  4. If There was a Way
  5. Tomorrow’s Sounds Today


  1. Things Change
  2. The Back of Your Hand
  3. Guitars, Cadillacs
  4. Ain’t That Lonely Yet
  5. Nothing

How about you?


  1. 1. Guitars Cadillacs, etc., etc.
    2. If There Was a Way
    3. This Time
    4. Second Hand Heart
    5. Blame the Vain

    1. Fast as You
    2. Guitars Cadillacs
    3. The Heart That You Own
    4.Turn It on Turn Me up Turn Me Loose
    5. Second Hand Heart

  2. Albums:

    1. This Time
    2. Blame the Vain
    3. Under the Covers
    4. Gone
    5. Guitars, Caddalacs, Etc.

    1. Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues
    2. Population Me
    3. Fast As You
    4. Ain’t That Lonely Yet
    5. Streets of Bakersfield

    It’s hard to stop at 5!

  3. I don’t know the full albums as well so I’ll stick to the songs:

    1. Ain’t That Lonely Yet
    2. Suspicious Minds
    3. Nothing
    4. Things Change
    5. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

  4. I’ll take Michael A.’s tactic, and just list the songs, because Mr. Yoakam has quite a few:

    1. “Fast As You”
    2. “Ain’t That Lonely Yet”
    3. “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”
    4. “Guitars, Cadillacs (And Hillbilly Music)”
    5. “The Streets Of Bakersfield” (with Buck Owens)

  5. Also going with just a songs list:

    1. Thinking About Leaving
    2. I Sang Dixie
    3. The Back of Your Hand
    4. Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
    5. Nothing

    When I had a two hour weekly country music radio show in college, I made sure to play a Dwight Yoakam song once during each broadcast. In those 120 minutes, I never repeated an artist. There wasn’t a particular Yoakam track I would play as I made a point to sift through all his singles.

  6. I agree with “Things Change.” That’s an excellent song. But how can you not include “I Sang Dixie”? That’s easily one of his top two or three songs in his entire career.

  7. Wow, it’s a difficult task to name my five favorite Yoakam since he has put out so many great ones over the years.


    1. I Sang Dixie
    2. The Heart That You Own
    3. Long White Cadillac
    4. Suspicious Minds
    5. Try Not to Look So Pretty

    I don’t know enough about Dwight’s albums post “This Time” to accurately rank them. Of those that I do know, “Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room” would be my favorite.

  8. If anyone is ever looking to purchase an entire catalog of an artist with a high volume of albums, Dwight Yoakam would be one of the artists I would recommend in a heartbeat. I have 15 Yoakam albums and various tracks from compilations. I think his albums have been consistently good to great and certainly no duds among them.

  9. I love Dwight Yoakam. He has been hugely influential to me. (So much so that I named a character in my new book after him.)

    Very few artists can sound so retro and forward thinking at the same time. The title for his album Tomorrow’s Sounds Today was very accurate. All of his albums could have taken that title. For example, his new album has that trademark sound: Beach Boys-esque background vocals/harmonies, an almost Phil Spector wall of sound, blended with traditional country sounds… Just really unique stuff. I love it… Very cool. Malibu country…

    My albums and tracks for Dwight would change weekly, as I like all of his stuff. But for today:

    1. “In Another World”
    2. “Things Change”
    3. “Blame the Vain”
    4. “The Back of Your Hand”
    5. “The Heart That You Own”

    1. This Time
    2. Population: Me
    3. Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room
    4. Guitars, Cadillacs…
    4. Second Hand Heart

  10. Love Dwight Yoakam! As Martin said above, he merges together the retro-Bakersfield sound and yet, manages to sound as fresh as ever. Dwight is timeless without aging a single year.

    1. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
    2. Ain’t That Lonely Yet
    3. Traveler’s Lantern
    4. Suspicious Minds
    5. The Sad Side of Town

    1. This Time
    2. Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc.
    3. Hillbilly Deluxe
    4. Dwight Sings Buck
    5. A Long Way Home

  11. I agree completely with Leeann: Yoakam has never released a bad album, with his catalogue ranging from very good to essential!

    Top 5 Albums:
    1. Gone
    2. Guitars, Cadillacs, etc etc
    3. Blame the Vain
    4. This Time
    5. Dwight Sings Buck

    Top 5 Singles:
    1. “Fast as You”
    2. “The Back of Your Hand”
    3. “Guitars, Cadillacs”
    4. “1000 Miles from Nowhere”
    5. “Nothing”

  12. I have been looking for a copy of the original introduction 45 Warner sent us along with their meet Dwight letter. On one side of it was his raw garage version of “Heartaches By The Number,” which ends with him asking “What Indian Reservation is this?” The other side was a less produced version of “This Drinkin’ Will Kill Me” which never made it onto any of his CD’s from what I can find (although the versions that made it are still fun.
    I’ll go the song route and say my five would be:
    5. Honky Tonk Man
    4. Streets of Bakersfield
    3. Long White Cadillac (album version)
    2. I Sang Dixie
    1. Buenas Nochas From a Lonely Room

  13. Love Dwight, especially his 90’s catalog, which could be said of a lot of artists as it really was a boon for awesome country music. Just putting my top songs.

    Top 5 Songs
    1. You’re The One
    2. Ain’t That Lonely Yet
    3. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
    4. Suspicious Minds
    5. Send A Message To My Heart (with Patty Loveless)

  14. I will list just the songs because I haven’t really bought many of his albums.

    1. The Heart That You Own
    2. Pocket Of A Clown
    3. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
    4. Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
    5. Guitars, Cadillacs

  15. Albums
    As I put in the favorite debut album thread, has Dwight Yoakam ever made a bad album?

    1. Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., – The Debut album still holds up to this day
    2. This Time – Close second to a favorite album. Every song on this album is amazing
    3. Second Hand Heart – Although it was only released a week ago, I’ve had this playing pretty much every day.
    4. dwightyoakamacoustic.net – 25 songs with just Dwight Yoakam and a guitar, It gets no better than that.
    5a. Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room – The title song is haunting, any one who can spin Johnny Cash in a way that pays homage and also makes it his own is great in my book. And Streets of Bakersfield, Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens were a match like no other.
    5b. Dwight Sings Buck ^ match like no other.

    This is gonna be tough but here goes
    1. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere (Automatically my favorite, have loved this song since I first heard it and to this day it still stops me in my tracks)
    2. The Back of Your Hand
    3. Honky Tonk Man (Nearly thirty years later this song still is amazing)
    4. Fast as You
    5. Ain’t That Lonely Yet

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