Last Friday, Miranda Lambert debuted her sprawling, two-disc new album The Weight of These Wings, in which the singer-songwriter excels in her balladry, outlaw country leanings and self-deprecating humor as she offers an in-depth examination of herself and her relationships. It also shows incredible growth for the "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" singer, moving past revenge to find something more cutting and tender. In honor of her new release, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Miranda Lambert songs. Here are the results.
Co-written by Blake Shelton, Lambert sings about Shelton's experience of losing his brother in a car accident when he was a teenager. Later, Cassadee Pope, one of the contestants coached by Shelton on The Voice, covered the song on the show.
Off her 2014 album Platinum, Lambert pays tribute to the past and when things were slower and simpler in "Automatic." She paints her nostalgia with images from her childhood to recommend taking your time and doing things by hand instead of waiting for others to do things for you.
Heartbreak becomes anthemic with Lambert's "Vice" off The Weight of These Wings. Across the song, she sings of regret and good-byes with blunt honesty, noting her flaws and limitations with poignancy and depth.
Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark helped write yet another reclamation from Lambert about appearing "crazy" after a tough break-up. From Four the Record, "Mama's Broken Heart" takes more direct aim at a mom telling her daughter to "hide your crazy and start acting like a lady" after it's assumed that she's dealing with the separation rather dramatically.
The singer shows jealousy for the heartless Tin Man, a character from The Wizard of Oz, who goes off to see the Wizard with Dorothy, so he can feel love. Lambert's sweet ballad showcases the lasting effects of a broken heart.
Similar to Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," Lambert shows up to a bar to get revenge on her ex, who has seemingly moved on. To her, the oft-negative label of "crazy ex-girlfriend" is nothing more than a charming understatement as she makes sure everyone knows who used to be her man.
"Heart Like Mine" is a manifesto of Lambert's lifestyle and ode to her Christian upbringing. Co-written by Ashley Monroe, she sings about how she and Jesus would get along since he drinks wine and would understand a heart like hers.
In her early years, Lambert mastered the role of spurned ex-girlfriend, and "Kerosene" serves as one of her catchiest country-pop odes to revenge. In the song, she burns the belongings of a cheating lover by dousing all of it with kerosene.
Like the Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Early" and Martina McBride's "Independence Day" before it, Lambert embodies an abused wife who gets revenge on her violent husband. Off her sophomore album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the fiery, brash "Gunpowder and Lead" ended up becoming her first Top 10 hit.
Originally intended for ex-husband Blake Shelton, Lambert snatched up the tender ballad about returning to one's own roots, and it has since become a signature song of hers. The touching song, co-penned by Tom Doublas and Allen Shamblin, ended up becoming Lambert's first Number One single and won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.