Daily Top Five: One Word Song Titles

Sometimes, just one word is enough to convey a message or intention. When a song has a one-word title, it usually either captures the intent of the song or the most memorable part of the song.

What are some of your favorite one-word songs?

Here’s my list:

  1. Waylon Jennings, “America”
  2. Ashley Monroe, “Pony”
  3. Brandy Clark, “Hungover”
  4.  Alan Jackson, “Chattahoochee
  5. Johnny Cash, “Hurt”


  1. Hurt – Johnny Cash

    Smoke – Maddie and Tae (can’t wait till their album comes out

    Wasted – Carrie Underwood

    Free – Zac Brown Band

    Heartache – Jamey Johnson

  2. This was hard!
    Eric Church, Springsteen
    Holly Williams, Mama
    Jason Isbell and the 500 Unit, Outfit
    Lydia Loveless, Head
    Taylor Swift, Mine
    Honorable Mentions (cheating, I know): Brandy Clark, Stripes; Jason Isbell, Elephant (I love this song so much but I love Outfit slightly more and I was trying to limit it to 1 per artist); Jason Isbell and the 500 Unit, Sunstroke; Johnny Cash, Hurt; Reba McEntire, Fancy; Sugarland, Genevieve.

  3. My five (and I think this one will probably have the most posts of the Daily Top Five segments up to this point:

    ADIOS–Linda Ronstadt
    TAMBOURINE–Tift Merritt
    WAITING–Caitlin Rose
    GALVESTON–Glen Campbell
    JACKSON–Johnny & June Carter Cash

  4. 1. Elephant: Jason Isbell
    2. Crazy: Patsy Cline
    3. D-I-V-O-R-C-E: Tammy Wynette
    4. Jackson: Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
    5 (A). Blue: LeAnn Rimes
    5 (B). Tempted: Marty Stuart

  5. No one has mentioned Miranda’s “Kerosene” yet?!?! Her “Desperation” would be a solid choice, too.

    Little Big Town’s “Sober” needs to be on any list.

  6. Love Adios & Galveston mentioned by EN.
    here’s 5 more:
    1. Matthew – John Denver
    2. Aces – Suzy Bogguss
    3. Moments – Emerson Drive
    4. Bruises – Train & Ashley Monroe
    5. Speed – Montgomery Gentry

  7. Emmylou Harris or Steve Earle- “Goodbye”
    Patsy Cline-“Crazy”
    Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison- “Leavin”
    Patty Griffin- “Chief”
    Shovels & Rope- “Birmingham”

  8. Whoa!! How could I have forgotten “Birmingham”! These comments prove that there are so many great one word song titles! It’s a good thing that I only got to pick five, because it can be my excuse for leaving so many of these other great ones off.:)

  9. 1. “Believe” – Brooks and Dunn
    2. “Everywhere” – Tim McGraw
    3. “Neon” – Chris Young
    4. “Amanda” – Waylon Jennings/Don Williams
    5. “Nothing” – Dwight Yoakam

  10. George Strait – “Poison”
    Garth Brooks – “Shameless”
    Chris LeDoux – “Horsepower”
    Drew Kennedy – “Caroline”
    Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “Codeine”

  11. Billy Edd Wheeler – “Anne”, “Jackson”
    John Wesley Ryles – “Kay”
    Peggy Lee – “Fever”
    Stonewall Jackson – “Waterloo”
    Travis Tritt – “T-R-O-U-B-L-E”
    Timi Yuro – “Hurt”

  12. 1. Yvette – Jason Isbell (Not Surprised how popular he is on this list though I never realized how many one word songs he has)
    2. Alabama – Cross Canadian Ragweed
    3. Hank – Jason Boland & the Stragglers
    4. Traveller – Chris Stapleton
    5. Standards – Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen

    Honorable Mention:
    Bronco – Caanan Smith (seriously go listen to it…)

  13. 1. Meanwhile–George Strait
    2. D-I-V-O-R-C-E
    3. Amanda–Waylon Jjennings/Don Williams
    4. Crazy- Patsy Cline
    5. Wasted–Carrie Uunderwood

  14. “Riser” – Dierks Bentley
    “Blameless” – Kelley Mickwee
    “Unwound” – George Strait
    “Sharecropper” – Stoney LaRue
    “Dixie” – Ashley Monroe

  15. “Riverside” – The Steel Wheels
    “Anymore” – Travis Tritt
    “Forgive” – Rebecca Lynn Howard
    “Gravity” – Alison Krauss and Union Station
    “Alive” – Julie Roberts

  16. Sorry, I’m gonna cheat because I could think of far too many to have to narrow it down to five.

    Carlene Carter – Change
    Garth Brooks – Wolves
    Tanya Tucker – Soon
    Dan Seals – Addicted
    George Jones – Choices
    Sara Evans – Cheatin’
    Randy Travis – Promises
    Waylon Jennings – Wrong
    Tracy Lawrence – Lonely
    Rascal Flatts – Stand
    Hunter Hayes – Invisible
    Sugarland – Joey
    LeAnn Rimes – Committment
    Reba McEntire – Bobby
    Patty Loveless – Chains
    Pam Tillis – Please
    Kenny Chesney – Young
    Neal McCoy – Wink
    Dolly Parton – Family
    Kathy Mattea – Seeds

    George Strait (Unwound, Meanwhile, Troubadour, Run, Desperately, Wrapped, True, Adalida, Lovebug, Heartland), Alan Jackson (Someday, Dallas, Wanted, Home)and Alison Krauss (Stay, Restless, Maybe, Gravity) have all had a number of one word titled hits and a number of cities also come to mind too (Galveston, Reno, Amarillo).

  17. 1. Martina McBride, Anyway
    2. Martina McBride, Blessed
    3. Dolly Parton, Jolene
    4. George Strait, Troubador
    5. Thompson Square, Glass

  18. a few more:
    John Fogerty – Centerfield
    Ty Herndon – Steam
    Will Hoge – Strong
    Phil Vassar – Carlene
    Maggie Rose – Better
    Kellie Coffey – It & Bandwagon

  19. 1. Choices – George Jones
    2. Hurt – Johnny Cash
    3. Joshua – Dolly Parton
    4. Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson
    5. Jambalaya – Hank Williams, Sr.

  20. Oak Ridge Boys – “Elvira”
    Travis Tritt – “Anymore”
    John Michael Montgomery – “Friends”
    George Strait – “Run”
    Tracy Lawrence – “Alibis”

  21. Honorable mention:

    George Strait – “Desperately”
    Joe Nichols – “Brokenheartsville”
    Lonestar – “Smile”
    Sammy Kershaw – “Vidalia”
    Sugarland – “Settlin”
    Alan Jackson – “Wanted”
    JoDee Messina – “Burn”
    George Strait – “Texas”
    Tim McGraw – “Unbroken”

  22. “Feelins'” — Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
    “Years” — Barbara Mandrell
    “Elizabeth” — Statler Brothers
    “1982”– Randy Travis
    “Picture” — Sheryl Crow & Kid Rock

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