27. Lucinda Williams, "Metal Firecracker"
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road was one of the decade's most acclaimed singer-songwriter statements,
with Lucinda Williams stretching out for country-rock tales that brought out
all the despondent twang in her Arkansas-traveler voice. "Metal
Firecracker" is a farewell to a lover, remembering how they used to drive
around and dream, with the chorus, "Don't tell anybody the secrets I told
you." No other singer on earth could make the line "We'd put on ZZ
Top and play 'em real loud" hurt so bad.