Top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter Songs

Mary Chapin Carpenter Songs

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Our Top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter Songs list looks at the songs of a great singer songwriter from Princeton, New Jersey. This amazing talent earned her success the hard way as she spent much time working in the nightclub scene like her other fellow New Jerseyan Bruce Springsteen did as a performer before she signed her first major label record deal. Mary Chapin Carpenter would eventually sign with Columbia Records which was also Bruce Springsteen’s record label as well as Bob Dylan’s, Billy Joels, Frank Sinatra’s and so many other legends. Her first album entitled Hometown Girl was released in 1987. From that point on, Mary Chapin Carpenter would release sixteen studio albums and forty one singles as well as the standard mix of compilation albums. Mary Chapin Carpenter would also become a favorite of the Grammy Awards as she won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance four years in a row. Our Top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list showcases ten of her most brilliant songs.

# 10 – Passionate Kisses

We wanted to open up our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list with a great one so here it is. In the number ten spot is the fabulous song entitled “Passionate Kisses.” This rocking high spirited song would become Mary Chapin Carpenter’s first single release to break into the Billboard Hot 100 where it peaked at number fifty seven. The song was written by the wonderful songwriter and performer Lucinda Williams who we all just simply adore.

“Passionate Kisses,” was released on the album entitled Come On Come On.  It was the third single released from the album. The album was released in 1992.  The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number four. In the US the song alson hit number eleven on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts. Up North in Canada, “Passionate Kisses,” was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number five.

# 9 – You Win Again

Continuing with our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list we take a listen to the pulsating song entitled “You Win Again”  Mary Chapin Carpenter seemed headed more towards that Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen sound on this track than the country side of things. The song was released on the album entitled Shooting Straight in the Dark. The album was released in 1990. It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number sixteen.  The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number six. The song was composed by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

# 8 – House of Cards

In the number eight spot on our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter  list we present the song entitled “House of Cards” The song starts out with the same riff as Bruce Springsteen’s “Two Hearts.”  The song was released on the album entitled Stones in the Road.  The album was released in 1994. It was the third single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number twenty one.  The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number twenty two.  The song was composed by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

# 7 – Never Had It So Good

In the number seven position on our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list is the marvelous, song entitled “Never Had It So Good.” There is such great playing on all these Mary Chapin Carpenter songs. The song was released on the album entitled State of the Heart. The album was released in 1989. It was the second single released from the album.”Never Had It So Good” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number eight. The song “Never Had It So Good” also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number six.  The song  “Never Had It So Good” was composed by Mary Chapin Carpenter and John Jennings.

# 6 –  I Feel Lucky

Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list we present the good-time feeling song “I Feel Lucky.” Oh yeah this one is for the gamblers. The song was released on the album entitled Come On Come On. The album was released in 1991. It was the first single of seven eventual singles released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number four. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number three. The song was composed by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Don Schlitz.

# 5 – Down at the Twist and Shout

At the halfway point on our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list is the honky tonk rocking song entitled “Down at the Twist and Shout.” The jubilant song was issued on the album entitled Shooting Straight in the Dark. The album was released in 1990. It was the third single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number two. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number seven.  The song was composed by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

# 4 – Grow Old with Me

At the number four spot on our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list we present the legendary John Lennon song entitled “Grow Old with Me.” Mary Chapin Carpenter performed a breathtaking cover of the classic John Lennon song on the album Working Class Hero. The song was not released originally by John Lennon until after he had passed away. It appeared on the posthumous album Milk and Honey. Working Class Hero was a tribute album to John Lennon released in 1995. Mary Chapin Carpenter;s recording was one of the albums standout tracks.

# 3 –  Almost Home

Moving along on our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list we present the song entitled “Almost Home.” One can hear the sounds of The Eagles and Tom Petty resonating through this beautiful song in the song’s instrumental arrangement. The song was released on the album entitled Party Doll and Other Favorites. The album was released in 1999.  It was the first single released from the album.

The song “Almost Home,” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number twenty two. “Almost Home,” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number eighty five. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number forty five. The song “Almost Home,” was composed by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Annie Roboff.

# 2 – He Thinks He’ll Keep Her

Just of the top spot on our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list we celebrate the energetic song entitled “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.”  This one has a bit of a Bruce Springsteen feel to it.  The song was released on the album entitled Come On Come On. The album was released in 1992.  It was the sixth single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number two making it the highest charting song from the album. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number six. “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” was composed by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Don Schlitz.

# 1 – Shut Up and Kiss Me

We close out our top 10 Mary Chapin Carpenter songs list with the jubilant, high-spirited song entitled “Shut Up and Kiss Me.” There is some smoking grooving piano on this track that lays out a very cool groove for Mary Chapin Carpenter’s electrifying vocal. The piano was performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers long time pianist Benmont Tench. The great Kenny Aronoff  was behind the drums fueling a mean rhythm that was met with equal thunder by the bassist Don Dixon. It all came together so perfectly in this sensational recording.

The song “Shut Up and Kiss Me,” was released on the album entitled Stones in the Road. The album was released in 1994. It was the first single released from the album. The song “Shut Up and Kiss Me” was a huge country music hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number one. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 just creeping in at number ninety. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number five. The song was composed by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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