Loretta Lynn: 20 Essential Songs

From her signature "Coal Miner's Daughter" to her duet with Jack White "Portland, Oregon"

"Who's Gonna Miss Me" (2016)

Presumably the title is a rhetorical question because the answer is an easy "everyone," but maybe the deeper interpretation of this standout from Lynn's triumphant 2016 release Full Circle is poking at something existential. With simple instrumental accompaniment of fiddle and acoustic guitar, Lynn wrestles with the big topics: "If I've made someone smile or just one life worthwhile," she'd like to know that mattered to someone else. It's a question that plagues ordinary people as well, leaving them wondering if their acts of kindness or creative works will somehow matter past their time on earth.

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