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The Best Megan Moroney Songs

September 3, 2023 8:04 am GMT
Last Edited July 12, 2024 3:11 pm GMT

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Megan Moroney – or “Me-Mo” (pronounced “May-Mo” to rhyme with “J-Lo) as we affectionately call her – has stolen the hearts of country lovers the world over.

Writing songs inspired by her self-confessed “horrible taste in men,” the Georgia born star has shot to fame over the last couple of years with her unflinchingly honest, often hilarious and delightfully self-deprecating lyrics and a classic country pop sound.

Mixing hopeless romanticism with dry eye-rolling wit and a girl-next-door pop charm and rolling it up into something entirely fresh and unique.

Already on her second album, there are more than enough country classics to choose from, whether it's tender ballads like '28th of June' and 'Tennessee Orange' or blasting country rockers like 'Lucky' and 'Man on the Moon.'

“I either write bad bitch country songs or emo cowgirl songs,” Megan Moroney says. Here’s a colourful mix of the best of both in our Holler playlist of The Best Megan Moroney Songs.

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2024 | Sony Music

Indifferent

Produced by Megan's longtime collaborator Kristian Bush and written by Megan, Ben Williams, Mackenzie Carpenter, and Micah Carpenter, ‘Indifferent’ offered a glimpse at the bolder songwriting Megan brought to her sophomore album.

One of the most exuberant moments on Am I Okay?, the stadium-sized anthem speaks to the ecstatic relief that comes with realizing you’re no longer hung up on your ex.

She begins with a familiar confessional about certain obsessive behaviour in her past, but by the chorus all that’s been forgotten amidst some chunky Olivia Rodrigo-esque punk pop guitars riffs and girl gang vocals, and Megan feels like she’s finally moved on.

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Georgia Girl

You don’t mess with a Georgia girl, especially when that Georgia girl happens to have a guitar and a way with words. Megan’s cheating boyfriend might have got away with it when it came to his girlfriends in Louisiana and Tennessee, and his other girlfriend in Alabama might have taken him back, but that’s not happening this time.

His two girlfriends in Oklahoma and California don’t seem to have gotten over him at all in this cut from Lucky, but Megan is well and truly through with this jerk.

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Traitor Joe

A good friend always tells her friends the truth, no matter how difficult it is to hear sometimes. Unfortunately, this means Megan doing the right thing and telling her friend that she’s seen his girlfriend cheating on him with someone else.

Megan might not be being entirely selfless here though. Her own feelings are made obvious when she suggests that her friend should swap his cheating girlfriend in for her. “I'm right here, I'm everything you need / I've been waiting, waiting / hoping that sooner or later you're gonna hate her, hate her.”

Not saying Megan’s made the whole thing up, but it might be worth just giving that girlfriend the benefit of doubt first.

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2024 | Sony Music

Man on the Moon

It’s nearly 55 years since Neil Armstrong took that first small step for a man and a giant leap for mankind, and Megan Moroney has had just about enough of men and all their nonsense. As far as she’s concerned, it’s time we sent a few more of them up into orbit. They can leap about to their heart’s content up there, as long as they’re as far away from her as possible!

“Let’s play a game,” she asked her fans on Instagram in the run up to the song's release ahead of the album. “Why are you sending a man to the moon?”

The answers that came back ranged from “Cheating on me w my best friend” (“prison for both of them,” Megan suggested) to “Went to a strip club while I was IN THE HOSPITAL,” to which Megan replied, “the moon isn’t far enough.”

“HAHA UMMMM WHAT GOODBYE,” Megan wrote beneath one reply that said her ex-boyfriend had “slept with his cousin and thought it was normal.” Ewww what’s wrong with everyone?!

Although Megan was kind of impressed by some of the more dramatic romantic gestures. “I blocked his number so he got arrested to make me his one phone call from jail,” wrote one fan, to which Megan replied, “I need a man to want me like this lmaoooo.”

Whatever your reason for sending a man to the moon, Megan has got your back when the time comes to launch them off into space.

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Sad Songs For Sad People

Despite its title, this is actually a super sweet song written especially for a special someone who hasn’t mistreated her like all her other ex-boyfriends have. Perhaps the only happy love song on the whole of Megan Moroney’s debut album Lucky, it finds her in a refreshingly healthy relationship for once.

It won't last! It never does!

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2024 | Sony Music

Hell of a Show

Possibly the most intimate Megan has ever been, she closed out her second album, Am I Okay? with this delightfully clunky home recording.

A stripped-back heartbreaker written entirely by Megan, 'Hell of a Show' was the Emo Cowgirl at her most emo as she opens up about one of the more surreal and painful aspects of fame.

“That song started as a poem, which I’d never done before,” she explained. “I wrote it by myself on the back of the bus, thinking about how all these unbelievable things were happening and I couldn’t even be happy because some guy was ruining it for me. Even if my fans haven’t had the experience of being a performer, I think they’ll relate to faking a smile to try to make it through when someone else is getting in the way of what should be a happy moment.”

Opening with the lines, “It’s everything I’ve wanted, I’m lucky as can be / And I’m on stage in 20, and he’s so damn mean to me," Megan attempts to push her heartache to the back of her mind, but, ultimately closes out with a bit of devastating confession: “I guess you could say I put on a hell of a show / ’Cause I’ll smile and I’ll sing and I’ll wave and repeat / And tonight I’ll cry myself to sleep.”

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Why Johnny

Megan contacts the spirit world to ask advice from June Carter in this firm fan favourite off Lucky, asking her how she could ever have been certain Johnny Cash was going to get his shit together during all the difficult years at the start of their relationship.

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Mustang or Me

Megan famously still drives the same car she drove in high school. It’s a 2010 Mustang and it’s gone with her all the way from Athens, GA, to Nashville. She’s often said she only keeps it for sentimental reasons, because it reminds her of all the ex-boyfriends who have sat in the passenger seat next to her.

Written by a group of songwriters made up of Megan, Ben Williams, Mackenzie Carpenter and Micah Carpenter who all chat together on a WhatsApp group called “Jimmy James”, this cut off Lucky, finds Megan leaving Tennessee after another break-up and wondering which one of them is going to break down first; the mustang or her.

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Sony Music Entertainment | 2022

Fix You Too

In this track of Pistol Made of Roses, Megan picks another cut-and-paste boyfriend and immediately regrets it as the red flags start waving in her face again. After all, she’s got enough of her own shit to deal with without having to worry about his. Urgh, we’ve all been there.

Megan needs to think of men more like chips. Imagine you had a big bowl of chips, and your boyfriend’s bowl is empty because he dropped them on the floor because he was messing about. You put some of your chips in your boyfriend’s bowl because his bowl is empty, and you keep doing that because he keeps needing more chips. Before you know it, your bowl is empty, and he’s eaten all your chips.

The lesson: Megan Needs to find a boyfriend who just eats his chips and stops messing about. Then she’ll have a lot more chips for herself.

She rerecorded the song for her Lucky (Deluxe) album with Kameron Marlowe, who hopefully had his own chips.

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28th of June

Megan couldn’t wait til the titular date to released this quietly gut-punching piano ballad. It came out ahead of Megan’s sophomore album in March, but whetted our appetites for what was to be her most vulnerable set of songs yet.

Written by Megn, Ben Williams, Mackenzie Carpenter, and Micah Carpenter, the song explores one of the more heartbreaking aspects of moving on from a breakup: the pain that hits when your would-be anniversary rolls around and stirs up so many hurtful memories, as Megan rubs the wounds of nostalgia, realising the melancholy of sleeping alone in her ex’s shirt as the anniversary of what could have been rolls back around.

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2024 | Sony Music

Am I Okay?

The title track to Am I Okay? is a gang-vocal-fuelled country punk pop power anthem that perfectly captures the pure thrill of getting over a bad breakup and falling head over heels for someone new and we couldn’t have fallen any harder for it either.

Referring to her second album as “Lucky’s cooler older cousin that can drink,” Moroney approached every track on the album with a fearless determination to share even more of her personal story.

“After putting Lucky out and getting to a point where my fans and I know each other so much better, I felt like I could open up and discuss things I’ve never talked about in my music before,” says Moroney. “Sometimes it almost feels like oversharing, but I feel like I have a responsibility to all the people who send me DMs or talk to me at shows and tell me how my songs helped them through a breakup or a bad time in their lives. If I can write about my heartbreak and make someone else feel like there’s a way out, then of course I’m going to keep doing that.”

“I love how from the title you’d assume it’s a heart-wrenching song, especially since I’m the Emo Cowgirl and everyone thinks I’m so sad all the time,” says Megan about the title track, which she wrote with Luke Laird and Jessie Jo Dillon. “But really it’s about meeting someone new and realizing, ‘Oh my god, I’m not miserable anymore. He’s actually making me happy. Am I okay?’”

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Lucky

Megan takes us all down to the honky tonk with a fun filled blast of classic country for the title track of her debut full length album, putting all her well-founded worries and fears about a soured relationship behind her once the tequila starts kicking in.

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Sleep on My Side

It’s often said that opposites attract, but sometimes two people are just too different to make it work. And so it is with Megan and the her good for nothing back door man boyfriend. She likes the countryside; he likes the city. Megan likes iced coffee; he likes it hot. He never listens to John Prine; huge red flag.

Described by Megan as being “the funniest song on the record,” she perfectly deadpans the punchline at the end of the chorus, and it even features her friend Alex laughing at the end of the recording.

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2024 | Sony Music

The Girls

For all its focus on Megan's love life (or lack of it sometimes), Am I Okay? didn't end up really being about the romantic relationships that women have with men, as much as it was about the friendships women have with each other.

Shitty boyfriends come and go, but friends are always there for the tough times and ‘The Girls’ is Megan Moroney’s own loving tribute to the female friendships in her life.

Order up another round of Cosmopolitans. Friendship anthems don't come much bigger and more emotional than this.

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Nothin' Crazy (feat. Mackenzie Carpenter)

A late addition to the Lucky album, Megan responds to a date who tells her that all his ex-girlfriends have been "crazy" or "too obsessive" by being hilariously obtuse and sarcastically deconstructing the “hysterical woman” trope.

She reassures him that she's nothing like those other girls but lets her heart run wild behind his back, picking out weddings dresses, calling his mom and planning their future together on Pinterest boards.

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Sony Music Entertainment | 2022

Hair Salon

From Kitty Wells’ ‘Only Me and My Hairdresser Know’ in the 60’s to Ashley McBryde’s recent single ‘Light On In The Kitchen,’ Women in country have always set their songs in feminine-coded spaces, and Megan Moroney took us along to Bernadettes, her local hair salon, to get her roots done for the biggest song off Pistol Made of Roses.

As she fills up on all the latest local gossip, she overhears some she wished she hadn’t when she accidentally discovers her ex is marrying someone else. In real life, her favourite ex-boyfriend – and the guy who Megan only started writing songs to get over - did actually announce his engagement on the same day that her first video hit CMT. He must have needed something to cheer him up.

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Girl in the Mirror

Megan stands in front of a bathroom mirror staring back at herself wondering what happened to the girl she used to be before she met “him” and who the reflected girl even was looking back at her anymore.

“You can’t love the boy more than you love the girl in the mirror,” she proudly declares at the songs end, refusing to let her self-worth be measured against any man.

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Columbia Nashville/Columbia Records | 2024

No Caller ID

Megan gave us our first first taste of her hugely anticipated follow up to Lucky with the instant classic, ‘No Caller ID.’

Written by Megan, Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jessie Jo Dillon, the song told the all-too-relatable tale of receiving a late-night phone call from an ex you’re trying your best to forget.

"I played this song on THE LUCKY TOUR last fall, and I could tell my fans wanted me to release it,” Megan said when she released it. “It feels like this song has helped my fans as much as it has helped me. By the end, there is a lot of strength and growth that I’m proud of. I am really excited for this one!"

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Tennessee Orange

Not your usual terrace anthem, here was a football song with a difference. Megan's bittersweet romance takes place between two star-crossed football supporters as a Georgia Bulldogs fan betrays her hometown allegiances by hooking up with Tennessee Volunteers fan and adopting their team colours.

Upon its original release the song was swept along by rumours about who the song was written about after Megan teased the track by posting a blurry image of herself wearing a Tennessee Volunteers shirt.

Morgan Wallen fanned the flames further when he posted comments about the shirt all over Megan Moroney's Instagram. Sometime later, Megan eventually revealed that it was, in fact, Wallen's jersey, but has never confirmed if the two were ever actually together.

Dive even further into the lyrics and meaning here.

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Sony Music Nashville/Columbia Records | 2023

I'm Not Pretty

The Jimmy James WhatsApp group strikes gold again!

Inspired by a true story when one of Megan’s ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriends accidentally liked one of her photos from 2016 in Panama City at least five years after she’d posted it. ‘I’m Not Pretty’ is Megan at her most honest and hilarious, as she eye-rolls her way through a series of cutting one-liners and deadpan put downs.

The photo is still on her Instagram if you want to give it a like in the early hours of the morning. As the artist Babak Ganjei always says, “It’s the 3am likes that often mean the most.”

Read more about the lyrics and meaning here.

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