Miranda Lambert has an impressive list of No. 1 hit singles. Discover the stories behind each of the tracks.
The First No. 1 for Miranda Lambert:’The House That Built Me’
Lambert’s first-ever No. 1 was nothing short of lyrical genius. The song was written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin and originally intended for Blake Shelton to sing. Once she heard the song, she knew that she needed to have it.
She performed the heartwrenching song about going back to your childhood home at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards and earned a standing ovation. She also performed at the Grammys that year where she won Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
- Album: Revolution
- Year: 2010
- RIAA: 3x Platinum
- Standout Lyric: “If I could walk around I swear I’ll leave / Won’t take nothin’ but a memory / From the house that built me”
- Awards: CMA Awards Song of the Year, ACM Awards for Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Video of the Year
“Heart Like Mine”
Lambert co-wrote the song with Ashley Monroe and Travis Howard. Aside from earning the coveted No. 1 title in the country world, it charted at No. 44 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Ashley and I went up to Dollywood and spent the night in a cabin for a couple of days to just write and hang out and have some girl time,” she says behind the creation of the song. “Some people might get mad about the lyrics but I grew up in church, and I’ve been a Christian my whole life. I feel that there are so many judgmental attitudes out there and this song is autobiographical in a way because I’ve definitely had my share of being judged. I’m playing a character a little bit in every song.”
- Album: Revolution
- Year: 2011
- RIAA: Gold
- Standout Lyric: “‘Cause I heard Jesus he drank wine / And I bet we’d get along just fine / He could calm a storm and heal the blind / And I bet he’d understand a heart like mine”
“Over You” was written by Lambert and Shelton about the sudden passing of Shelton’s brother. The song was heartbreaking and special for the couple who performed it both solo on occasion and as a duet.
“Blake’s brother was killed instantly in a car accident at 24 when Blake was 14,” Lambert explained to Ladies Home Journal via Song Facts. “One day he just opened up and was talking to me about it. And then he was playing this pretty little melody and we started adding words … Later he said, ‘I think it’s better if you record it. Honestly, I don’t think I can get through singing it every night on stage, so what’s the point?'”
She added, “I love that song, and I feel like it’s time for me to show I have that side of me that’s vulnerable and hurting for someone else.”
- Album: Four The Record
- Year: 2012
- RIAA: 2x Platinum
- Standout Lyric: “Living alone here in this place / I think of you, and I’m not afraid / Your favorite records make me feel better’ / Cause you sing along”
“We Were Us” With Keith Urban
Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins, and Jon Nite co-wrote this hit about reminiscing on lost love. Nite told The Tennesseean that they originally had the idea for the song while in a songwriting session with Thomas Rhett. Rhett opted for something different as he just had his first No. 1 single and wanted to go for a different vibe. After it reached No. 1, the songwriters got a tattoo to commemorate the accomplishment.
- Album: Fuse
- Year: 2013
- RIAA: Platinum
- Standout lyric: “I could sing along without thinkin’ ’bout you every time it came on / Every beat, every line, every word, every time.”
Chris DeStefano, Brett James, and Priscilla Renea wrote the song while on a writer’s retreat in France and originally intended for it to be a male/female duet but later tweaked it for the pair. Lambert first got the song and emailed Underwood if she would like to be on it.
“Singing with Carrie Underwood is very, very intimidating — I mean, I’ll be honest,” Lambert told Yahoo. “She is an amazing vocalist. I’m a big fan of hers, and asking her to do this was nerve-racking.”
“I wanted to collaborate with Carrie because we need to,” Lambert told Radio.com. “There’s not that many females in country that do collaborate, and we’ve known each other for a really long time. But I needed it to be the right song, and I thought that one could be really cool.”
- Album: Platinum
- Year: 2014
- RIAA: 2x Platinum
- Standout lyric: Drinks keep comin’, though my head back laughin’ / Wake up in the mornin’, don’t know what happened
- Awards: CMT Collaborative Video of the Year and nominated for Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Forever Country” and Featured Artists
“Forever Country” was the most epic collaboration in country music history. It brought together Lambert, Underwood, Shelton, Urban, Brad Paisley, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Randy Travis, George Strait, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church, Ronnie Milsap, Charley Pride, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood, Lady A, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, Brett Eldredge, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and Dolly Parton.
CMA brought together past winners who created the mashup of “I Will Always Love You,” “Take Me Home,” and “On The Road Again.”
- Album: None
- Year: 2015
- RIAA: Gold
- Standout Lyric: “Country roads, take me home / To the place I belong / West Virginia, mountain mama / Take me home, country roads”
- Awards: ACM Video of the Year
“Drowns the Whiskey” With Jason Aldean
Lambert collaborated with Jason Aldean on “Drowns The Whiskey.” Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney, and Jeff Middleton co-wrote the song. The pair performed the duet for the first time live at the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards.
Aldean told Taste of Country that he’s always been a big fan of hers and originally sent her another song to duet on but she wasn’t feeling it.
“She wasn’t really loving it,” he said. “And so I just said, ‘You know, if you don’t like this one, that’s fine, let’s find something cool to do.'” After she heard “Drowns The Whiskey,” she was sold.
“She kind of, you know, she kind of flipped out, and she was on board then and then she came in to sing it and nailed it.”
- Album: Rearview Town (Jason Aldean)
- Year: 2018
- RIAA: Platinum
- Standout Lyric: “Whiskey’s supposed to drown the memory / I’ve gone from one to one too many”
The Most Recent No. 1 For Miranda Lambert: “Bluebird”
Lambert co-wrote “Bluebird” with Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby three days after her wedding to Brendan McLoughlin. Although it is a bit dark, the underlying message is hope and it came at the perfect time.
“We never could have known that right now the message of hope in this song is exactly what we need to hear, me included,” she admitted to Billboard. “So I’m very thankful. I think the timing of it was definitely a part of its success.”
- Album: Wildcard
- Year: 2019
- Standout lyric: “Like the records I’m playing / They might keep you waiting / But you know I’m gonna play ’em for keeps”
- Awards: CMA Video of the Year