Top 10 Lee Ann Womack Songs

Lee Ann Womack Songs

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Our Top 10 Lee Ann Womack Songs list looks at an American country singer born out of Jacksonville, Texas on August 19, 1966. Growing up, Womack’s love for music is credited to her father, who would encourage her to pick out a record to play on the air as he was a disc jockey for a radio station. Trained on piano since childhood, Womack attended South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas after she graduated from high school in 1984. The college was among the first in the state to offer a country music degree program. After a year, Womack left Texas for Nashville, Tennessee’s Belmont University to study the commercial aspect of the music industry. While in Nashville, she also interned at MCA Records in their artists and repertoire department. Just one year before scheduled to graduate, Womack left the university in 1990.

Before embarking on her music career, Lee Ann Womack spent a few years raising her children. In 1995, she began performing for demos and showcase concerts that eventually led to her discovery by Tree Publishing. It would be during this time she would divorce her husband before officially pursuing her country music career. Her first album, “Lee Ann Womack” was released in May 1997 and it was a commercial success. Enough so that it earned her a series of nominations and wins among many country music awards, including Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Music Award’s Favorite Country New Artist. Lee Ann Womack’s discographic portfolio features, so far, nine studio albums, three compilation albums, twenty music videos, an EP, and thirty released singles. It also boasts a number of nominations and wins that include a 2003 Grammy Award in Best Country Collaboration with Vocals when she performed the duet “Mendocino County Line” with Willie Nelson.

Top 10 Lee Ann Womack Songs

# 10 – (Now You See Me) Now You Don’t

Coming from Lee Ann Womack’s second album “Some Things I Know,” is the 1999 release of the single “(Now You See Me) Now You Don’t.” With the music charts, it performs well enough to place eleventh with Canada’s RPM and twelfth with the US Billboard Hot Country Songs. According to US Billboard’s positive review of Womack’s song, they called it “short and saucy,” noting her performance as a woman coming out of a sour relationship to be clever lyrical work.

 

# 9 – The Fool

May 2007 saw the release of Lee Ann Womack’s “The Fool,” which is the second track to come from her self-titled debut album. With the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, it peaks into second place while with Canada’s RPM at fifth. The focus of the song revolved around still having feelings towards a former lover.

 

# 8 – You’ve Got to Talk to Me

The self-titled debut album from Lee Ann Womack brings forth the third of its four charted singles “You’ve Got to Talk to Me.” It is also the most successful of the four, charting as high as second on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Canada’s RPM lists. Released in 1997, both the song and the album put country music fans on notice there’s a hot new talent in town that goes by the name of Lee Ann Womack.

 

# 7 – Last Call

“Last Call” received a few nominations among various prestigious music awards and rightfully so. Although it didn’t bring home any trophies, it did well enough to remind the music industry, both country and contemporary, that Lee Ann Womack is still capable of performing quality hits that still rank on the music charts. It is the lead single coming from her 2008 album Call Me Crazy.

 

# 6 – A Little Past Rock

The first single to come from Lee Ann Womack’s second album Some Things I Know is “A Little Past Rock,” which ranked as high as second on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and third with Canada’s RPM. With the US Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart, it came in at 43rd. This mid-tempo ballad focuses on the road travel of a relieved woman who has just left a troubled relationship

 

# 5 – I’ll Think of a Reason Later

Coming from her second studio album Some Things I Know in 1998, features the single “I’ll Think of a Reason Later” that reached the top of Canada’s RPM chart and second with the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It also appeared on the US Billboard Hot 100 at thirty-six. The narration of the song comes from a frustrated woman who has learned her ex-boyfriend is about to marry another woman whom she feels isn’t worthy of him. While the song makes it clear she’s happy to be single, it also points out her jealousy towards that other woman has given her cause to speak up.

 

#4 – Good News, Bad News (with George Strait)

With the 2005 Country Music Association Award for Musical Event of the Year, the duet Lee Ann Womack and George Strait performed with the song “Good News, Bad News” revolves around how too much time apart between lovers can cause a love triangle. It’s a heartfelt performance by Womack, who has to dish out the good news and the bad news to Strait.

 

# 3 – I May Hate Myself in the Morning

Coming from her 2005 album “There’s More Where That Came From,” features a hit single that won Womack Single of the Year with the Country Music Association Awards. While it may not have charted as well as some of her other hits, it still received a number of music award nominations, as well as mostly positive reviews from the critics. Womack commented in an interview that the song was “the kind of stuff I grew up listening to” and admitted it’s the kind of song that makes a “this is who I am” statement.

 

# 2 – Mendocino County Line (with Willie Nelson)

This single makes reference to Mendocino County, California, and is performed as a duet between Lee Ann Womack and Willie Nelson. The lead song from Willie Nelson’s album The Great Divide was released in January 2002 and was the first time he achieve a Top 40 hit in twelve years. This song earned Nelson and Womack a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, as well as Top Vocal Event of the Year with the Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

# 1 – I Hope You Dance

Since its May 23, 2000 release from the album of the same name, “I Hope You Dance,” charted to number one on three different prominent music charts including the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, US Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, and Canada’s RPM charts. It also won Single of the Year from the Country Music Association Awards. At  the Academy of Country Music Awards, “I Hope You Dance,” won Single of the Year and Song of the Year. It has also since reached Platinum Certification with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

 

Lee Ann Womack Songs

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