Our top 10 Liz Phair songs list takes a look at a great singer songwriter from Chicago who burst onto the scene in the early 90s and became a critic and fan favorite. With a sound that was pure rock and roll with a little bit of grunge and some pop and folk underneath, Liz Phair lit up the music scene with her spectacular debut album entitled Exile in Guyville in 1993. It was easy to see that this was a young songwriter who wrote genuine rock songs that people could relate to as well at the same time pushing some boundaries with some cutting-edge lyrics. Our top 10 Liz Phair songs list presents 10 of our favorite Liz Phair songs from all different periods of career from a catalog of albums that have been released between 1993 and 2021.
# 10 – Stratford-On-Guy
We open up our Liz Phair songs list with a great track from her debut album entitled Exile in Guyville. Liz Phair’s debut record was one of the most sensational rock and roll debuts of the 1990s. The album is full of great hard-edged rock and roll tunes full of substance and originality defining a brand new voice in the music business that seemed like it would be around for a long time. There’s so many great tracks on her debut album that we would have loved to include on this list. We have picked a couple of them. We could not complete this list without adding the great song “Stratford On Guy.” The song was released on the album in 1993.
# 9 – Batmobile
Continuing with our Liz Phair songs list we turn to this very organic lo fi but brilliant recording entitled “Batmobile.” The song was originally recorded on a cassette demo that Liz Phair had recorded back in 1991 before she got a record deal. These cassettes were widely found on bootlegs for a long time. The “Batmobile.” version below was released on Liz Phair’s Girly Sound tape entitled Sooty. It eventually found it’s official release on the 2018 box set entitled Girly-Sound to Guyville.
# 8 – Polyester Bride
In the number eight spot on our Liz Phair songs list we present the fabulous song entitled “Polyester Bride.” Originally released as one of her demos, Liz Phair re-recorded the song and released it on the album Whitechocolatespaceegg. There’s definitely a maturity in the sound of the recording as this was released on Liz Phair’s third studio album. There is some really great guitar work on this recording. The album did quite well on the charts as it peaked at number thirty five on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums charts.
# 7 – Spanish Doors
It doesn’t seem that Liz Phair ages. Just take at look at how beautiful she is in the video below that was just released in 2021. This is actually a sad song from her perspective as it speaks about her divorce. Yet, for songwriters it’s their songs and music that tend to always be their best therapy. And of course it’s one of those songs that millions of people could relate to. The song “Spanish Doors,” was released on the album Soberish. The album was released in April of 2021. The best Liz Phair songs have always been the ones that are the most genuine, and this one is as genuine as it gets.
# 6 – Hey Lou
We really love the new Liz Phair album. It is easily one of the finest albums she has ever released. So one more time we will turn to her great new record and present the song “Hey Lou,” which is obviously written about Lou Reed. There is also a cool 60s vibe happening on this great track. Don’t miss this one.
# 5 – Why Can’t I
At the halfway point on our Liz Phair songs list, we turn to her most successful commercial single she ever released. This was a very different sound from Liz Phair. In interviews with Liz Phair, the artist explained she was looking to expand her audience and she thought by releasing a song that would actually be heard by a mass audience, she would turn people onto her earlier albums that sound nothing like her new pop sound. The song “Why Can’t I? was released on her album entitled Liz Phair. The song would become Liz Phair’s only top 40 hit of her career. It would also become her only Gold single that she ever released.
# 4 – Everything To Me
In the number four spot on our Liz Phair songs list is the follow up single and album to her previous gold single “Why Can’t I? entitled “Everything To Me.” While the song “Everything To Me,” was not as successful as “Why Can’t I?” it still would become a hit on the Billboard Adult Airplay charts peaking at number twenty seven. Even though she was starting to take some flack from critics and certain old fans saying that she had left her old sound behind in favor of commercialism, Liz Phair just did what all great artists do, she did what she wanted. Good for her!
# 3 – Whip Smart
The next three tracks on this Liz Phair songs list are just brilliant recordings that stand as all time Liz Phair classics. The song “Whip Smart” was the titled track to Liz Phair’s second album released in 1994. The song “Whip Smart,” would prove to be a success on fm rock radio as it peaked at number twenty four on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
# 2 – Supernova
In the number two spot on our Liz Phair’s songs list is the great rock and roll tune entitled “Supernova.” The song was released as the lead single from Liz Phair’s second album entitled Whip Smart. The song was picked up by MTV in 1994 and placed in heavy rotation. The song’s popularity among critics and fans would earn Liz Phair a Grammy Nomination for the song. On the music charts “Supernova.” hit it big peaking at number six on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts.
# 1 – Never Said
In the number one spot on our Liz Phair songs list is the legendary songs “Never Said.” This classic song was the first single released from Liz Phair’s debut album Exile in Guyville which was released in 1993. Liz Phair has been quoted as saying that the song “Never Said,” was a response to the Rolling Stones song “Tumbling Dice,”and how women should be also able to celebrate being held unaccountable for going out with as many people as men do.
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