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The Best Little Big Town Songs

October 23, 2023 4:01 pm GMT
Last Edited October 25, 2023 10:14 am GMT

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Since 1998, Little Big Town have made vibrant waves across country music, racking up hit singles, platinum albums and various prestigious industry awards.

Alongside their Midas touch for selecting material, what sets Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook apart from the rest is their otherworldly harmonies, consistently raising the bar for country vocal performances.

Here we highlight some of the dynamic quartet's best tracks yet.

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2002 | Sony BMG

Don’t Waste My Time

Within its first few chords, the lead single from their 2002 self-titled debut showcased that the band were developing into something truly special.

Each lead vocal turn on the textured chorus demonstrated their trust in one another, adding further sparkle to the soon-to-be shining stars.

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2002 | Sony BMG

Stay (Acoustic)

'Stay' is a hushed lullaby that lingers in the air, gently conjuring up all of the devastation of deep love walking away into the night.

It's a mature, heartfelt performance that finds Little Big Town harnessing their power through a softer approach.

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2010 | Little Big Town

Runaway Train

A rare solo write from Westbrook, 'The Reason Why' is matched well by a unique, rock-infused vocal that dabbles in alternative spaces.

The tune serves as another demonstration of the group’s chameleonic ability, successfully morphing into various genres.

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2017 | Capitol Records Nashville

When Someone Stops Loving You

This tender lyric gives a fresh perspective to an age-old country subject.

No cheating, gun slinging or honky tonking to blame here. Just a devastating change of heart that's delivered brilliantly by Westbrook and the rest of the group on its soaring chorus.

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2010 | Little Big Town

Little White Church

The hand-clapping and electric guitar effects add even further sass to Fairchild’s already soulful performance here.

Reaching No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot Country Song chart, this diversified track gave some much needed sizzle to 2010’s airwaves.

10

Fillin’ My Cup (with Hailey Whitters)

There is no question that Whitters can hold a song on her own with her enviable talent and unadulterated star power.

But, the inclusion of Little Big Town drives home the tune's feel good message that finding joy in the now is always better. Raise your glass!

9

Forever and a Night

Sweet’s star power has never shone as bright as it does on this luscious piano ballad.

His rich, sexy vocals effortlessly shake souls and melt hearts everywhere, all in under 5 minutes.

Put your fan on high, hit repeat and get ready to faint.

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Capitol Records Nashville | 2022

Hell Yeah

Little Big Town know how to make a memorable song entrance. It’s become one of their signature tactics.

Here, with just a simple whistle, they hit all the marks and create a singalong that pays dividends.

Light hearted but broken hearted is what they do best and 'Hell Yeah' demonstrates it masterfully.

7
Equity | 2005

Boondocks

The bluesy, fiddle laden introduction expanded the group’s sound in gutsy, powerful ways. It's a cut that stands the test of time nearly 20 years later.

'Boondocks' is a clear testament not just of Little Big Town's talent, but the group’s ever present willingness to push even their own boundaries.

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Capitol Records Nashville | 2013

Pavement Ends

A back-country '90s-infused romp, 'Pavement Ends' finds Westbrook giving one of his most joyful, exuberant vocal performances to date.

It’s a major highlight from 2012’s flourishing and diverse Tornado. With the group devouring that earworm of a chorus, it deserved to be a big push single.

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2014 | Capitol Records Nashville

Day Drinking

The lead single off of 2014’s Pain Killer, it reached the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and for a few good reasons.

Among them are its gorgeous production, Jay Joyce’s killer guitar and enough summer breeze to encourage even the most stubborn teetotaler to have a dalliance in the bubbles.

4

Wine, Beer, Whiskey

Otherwise lovingly known as the evening edition of ‘Pontoon', this horn-assisted, rough and ready cut is made for that critical 10 minutes before last call where everyone knows that the night is just truly beginning.

Go ahead and click play. Jack, Jose and the Captain are waiting for you.

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Capitol Records Nashville | 2013

Pontoon

The group’s first No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Country Song chart is made for laying back on a lazy river, soaking in the bright rays with not a care in the world.

Well, except wondering who is going to bring you that next ice cold margarita.

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2017 | Capitol Records Nashville

Better Man

What happens when one of the finest songwriters of this generation – Taylor Swift – hand selects your group to cut one of their unrecorded songs? Well, you take it.

To take it one step further, you use your group’s sheer talent to harmonize the heck out of it... That’s just the Little Big Town way.

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2014 | Capitol Records Nashville

Girl Crush

Any song written by innovators Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose is bound to find success on country airwaves.

What makes 'Girl Crush' such a winning formula is Karen Fairchild’s lead vocal performance, as she resonates with the type of agony only a broken heart would truly understand.

Every breath, pause and syllable is deeply felt from her core.

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