My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Recommendation: Songs to love

Country music has never been particularly well-known or renowned for our steamy love songs.  Country is at its best when dealing with the less-than-cuddly emotions of heartache, loss, loneliness, etc.  Maybe that’s why Merle Haggard never covered Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ and why the Zac Brown Band won’t be ‘bringing sexy back’.  Still, I’ve managed to corral a selection of country songs designed to get your libido moving.  Here’s a playlist to get you started:

Charlie Rich – ‘Behind Closed Doors’ … Charlie Rich’s breakthrough hit from 1973 topped the country charts before crossing over to the Top 40 on the pop charts.  The swaying number, where the narrator sings the praises of his demure woman, would go on to win Single and Song of the Year honors from both the CMA and ACM as well as a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal.

Conway Twitty – ‘I Want To Know You’/‘I’d Love To Lay You Down’ … Conway Twitty was perhaps the king of the bedroom anthem.  These are just two personal favorites in his repertoire of come-hither tunes.  The former makes a plea to get to know one another before the love-making while the latter simply tells the lady what he’d like to do, and promises he’ll still want to lay her down when her hair has turned silver.

‘Faith Hill ‘Breathe’ … After eight years of scoring major country hits, Faith Hill hit the big time with this sexy song.  The video featured a gorgeous Faith writhing around in silk sheets with the golden desert in the background, and the song itself is just as sexy.  In what is perhaps her finest moment vocally, she purrs the verses before a chorus that would make any man smile.

Alabama – ‘Feels So Right’ /‘Take Me Down’ /‘The Closer You Get’ … Like Twitty, country’s first supergroup Alabama, were masters of steamy love songs. These three come from a two-year run between 1981 and 1983 when Alabama was smoking hot.  The distorted guitar and vocals turned off some purists at the time, but the sound would prove to have lasting effects, and these songs sound the least dated of almost any 1980s country recordings.  This is backseat country at its finest.

Sammi Smith – ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ … This Kris Kristofferson-penned song simply asks for another’s company to help ease the loneliness until the sun comes up.   Simple is almost always best.

Tanya Tucker‘Would You Lay With Me (In A Field of Stone)’ … It incited fury from some upon its release; not just because of its racy subject matter, but because the singer was only 15 years old.  David Allan Coe painted a picture of a tortured soul, seeking comfort from another.

Trisha Yearwood ‘Like We Never Had a Broken Heart’ … When Trisha Yearwood sings, it’s always great.  When Garth Brooks joins her for harmony, it’s almost other-worldly.  This song is one of my first memories of 90s country, but my young mind didn’t comprehend what they were singing about until much later.  When I finally understood the story of two heartbroken lovers who were holding on to each other to ease the pain, I found it was a sweet story set to smart lyrics and a sing-along melody.  Brilliant.

What are some of your favorite country love songs?  What would you recommend as great examples of backseat country?

5 responses to “Recommendation: Songs to love

  1. Michael April 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Fun topic. I’m sure I’ll be able to think of some more later but the first sexy/steamy country number that pops into my mind is Cyndi Thomson’s “I Always Liked That Best”. Other genres definitely offer better candidates though – my all time favorite being Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”.

  2. Felipe April 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Fist song that came to mind is Shelly Fairchild’s “Kiss Me” and Joanna Cotten’s “Sweat”

  3. Leeann Ward April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Because I just returned from a Vince Gill show, I submit “If You Have Forever in Mind” and “Faint of Heart” (with Dianna Krall) from Vince.

  4. Julia C H (Theoretical Country) April 26, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Keith Urban’s “Raining On Sunday”…although I guess that is more citified yuppyism than backseat country.

  5. ArtMusic May 25, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I love Faith Hill’s Breathe. The song is great and the clip is sexy. Nice!

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