Daryle Singletary: His 10 Essential Songs

From "I'm Living Up to Her Low Expectations" to "Jesus & Bartenders," the best tracks by the Nineties star, who died Monday at 46

"I'm Living Up to Her Low Expectations" (1995)

Singletary's first single, and first hit, made the right impression by setting the bar low — thematically speaking, at any rate. Written by Bob McDill and Tommy Rocco, "I'm Living Up to Her Low Expectations" dropped a month before his self-titled debut LP, cracking the country Top 40 as it reached Number 39 in the spring of 1995. From the fluttering opening guitar lick to Singletary's stone-cold twang, it was built on rock-solid honky-tonking fundamentals. But its real charm came from the lyrics' carefree self-sabotage, a self-fulfilling prophecy of disappointments assuaged by the boozing and buddies that got him in trouble in the first place. J.G.