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Year In Review: Razor X’s Top 10 singles of 2009

The general consensus is that 2009 has been a less than stellar year for mainstream country music. Most of the artists that I like have fallen out of favor with radio, so it’s little surprise that most of the songs on my list were not huge radio hits.

10. Consider Me GoneReba McEntire
9. Living For The NightGeorge Strait

In a way, both of these songs are testaments to the weak state of country music in 2009. Both are decent songs, but neither is among the artists’ very best work.

8. Red, White and Pink Slip BluesHank Williams, Jr.

An accurate and sometimes scathing commentary on the current economic crisis. This song would have resonated with the masses if only they’d had a chance to hear it.

7. White Liar Miranda Lambert

I haven’t completely gotten on board the Lambert bandwagon yet; I’ve considered her an artist with a lot of potential and have been waiting for her to come out with a song that just blew me away. This isn’t quite it, but it comes closer than anything else I’ve heard from her so far.

6. Staying Together Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent

It’s always great to hear new music from Gene Watson. He and Rhonda Vincent sound terrific together on this cut.

5. Love’s Gonna Live Here Tanya Tucker with Jim Lauderdale

I’ve always liked this Buck Owens classic, no matter who was singing it, so when one of my favorite artists covered it, it was a no-brainer that it would end up on my favorites list.

4. Drunk Dialer Miss Leslie

Who would have thought that a retro honky-tonk sound would work so well with lyrics that deal with modern conveniences such as voice mail and texting? This song puts the mainstream to shame.

3. Backwoods BarbieDolly Parton

This was Dolly’s strongest single in years, and it deserved, but did not get, a shot at radio. It would probably have received a warmer reception had Dolly not committed the mortal sin of being over 60.

2. ‘Til The Last Shot’s FiredTrace Adkins

For reasons that are comprehensible only to those strange beings known as record label executives, Capitol chose not to take advantage of Trace’s powerful performance of this song at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards by releasing it to radio. However, the live version was sold as an iTunes exclusive to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, so technically, it qualifies as a single, and it is without question, a highlight among this year’s slim pickings.

1. Busted Patty Loveless

The Harlan Howard-penned classic, heard for the first time with the original coal-mining lyrics. Far too country for today’s market, this single was dead on arrival at radio but it is the year’s best single, nonetheless.

11 responses to “Year In Review: Razor X’s Top 10 singles of 2009

  1. Leeann Ward December 9, 2009 at 10:05 am

    The Hank Jr. song is definitely on my list, along with the Loveless single. We decided not to count “‘Til the Last Shot’s Fire”, but it would probably be at the top of my 2009 list if we had.

  2. Steve from Boston December 9, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Rob, you have GREAT taste in music, especially your number one pick! 🙂

  3. Michael December 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Great list. I agree with your description for numbers 10 and 9. Love the write up for #3. As for Miranda Lambert, I do like “White Liar” but I’ve actually enjoyed some of her previous singles more, especially “Dead Flowers”. However, I know I’m in the minority on that one for sure.

  4. Occasional Hope December 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Til The Last Shot’s Fired is a wonderful song. I have no idea why it wasn’t a proper single.

  5. Blake Boldt December 9, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    “Busted” is my favorite cut from Mountain Soul II, though I like “Curtain” and “Diamond in My Crown” quite a bit, too. Lambert will win you over yet, though. Don’t you worry.

    • Leeann Ward December 9, 2009 at 7:42 pm

      “Busted” is my favorite from MSII as well. It’s a great opener.

    • Steve from Boston December 10, 2009 at 12:16 am

      The songs that won me over for Miranda include Famous in a Small Town, Love Letters and her incredible rendition of Carlene Carter’s Easy From Now On…I dunno Razor, have you given these a chance (From her “Crazy Ex” album)?

  6. J.R. Journey December 11, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Very solid list. My own will look a little different, but there is more overlap than I expected.

  7. tuckertuff December 14, 2009 at 12:42 am

    FINALLY someone with class recognized Tanya Tucker! Altho that’s not my favorite of hers on her album “MyTurn” (You Don’t know Me and Walk Thru This World With Me” are AWESOME! She deserves a grammy for this album.

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  9. Dan Milliken December 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Wow, so I had totally forgotten that “Backwoods Barbie” was a single this year. Glad y’all remembered, or it would have stayed MIA on my list. Didn’t know about “Drunk Dialer,” either – I feel ign’ant!

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