Miranda Lambert has always been in her songwriting era.
From her very first charted song on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, “Me and Charlie Talking,” which Lambert co-wrote with her father Rick Lambert and fellow songwriter Heather Little, the Lindale, Tex. native has consistently chased her own vision for her music — resisting the influence that radio programmers or industry trends might wield on other artists. She’s co-written many of her own radio singles, including “Vice,” “Kerosene,” “Automatic,” “Only Prettier” and “Bluebird.”
Lambert’s open-hearted, unfiltered approach to writing is woven into the defiance of early songs including The Weight of These Wings magnum opus “Gunpowder and Lead,” the technicolor rock-tinged hues permeating Wildcard, the stripped-back campfire country of The Marfa Tapes and the free-spirited ethos threaded through Palomino. With “Y’all Means All,” she turned her songwriting muscle to causes she believes in, co-writing the inclusive song for season six of Queer Eye. Along the way, she’s earned seven Billboard Country Airplay No. 1 hits, along with seven CMA female artist of the year wins, and two CMA Awards album of the year wins (for Platinum and Revolution).
In addition to her solo projects, the Academy of Country Music triple crown and entertainer of the yer winner has earned acclaim for several collaborative projects, including albums with her Pistol Annies cohorts Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, as well as her The Marfa Tapes collaborators, longtime co-writers Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
But over the past year, Lambert has been putting in extra time in the writing rooms, with her songwriting credits showing up on new songs recorded by Chris Stapleton, Jelly Roll and Morgan Wallen. The Wallen-recorded “Thought You Should Know,” which Lambert wrote with Wallen and Nicolle Galyon, became Lambert’s first No. 1 single on which she was solely a songwriter.
Here, we rank some of Lambert’s top-written songs that have been recorded by other artists.
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