Anne Murray is a Canadian singer who was born in Nova Scotia in 1945 and began her career in 1967. She is usually associated with the country, pop, soft rock, and adult contemporary music genres and is credited with paving the way for other successful female Canadian artists. Murray won multiple awards throughout her career, including 24 Junos, three Country Music Association Awards, three Canadian Country Music Association Awards, and three American Music Awards. The singer is inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Juno Hall of Fame. Furthermore, Murray has stars on the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles and also on the Walk of Fame in Toronto. During her career, Anne Murray released 32 studio albums, 15 compilation albums, and 76 singles before retiring from the music industry in 2008. Here are the 10 best Anne Murray songs of all time.
10. Sing High, Sing Low ((1971)
‘Sing High, Sing Low’ reached number one on both the country and adult contemporary charts in Canada, but its highest chart position elsewhere was number 20 in New Zealand. It was the third single released from Murray’s third album, ‘Straight, Clean, and Simple.’ The track was written by Brent Titcomb.
9. Cotton Jenny (1972)
‘Cotton Jenny was the first single Anne Murray released from her fourth album, ‘Talk It Over in the Morning,’ which was released in 1972. It was originally written and recorded by Gordon Lightfoot, who released it on his 1971 album ‘Summer Side of Life.’ The song was the fifth single by Murray to top the country chart in Canada.
8. Shadows in the Moonlight (1979)
‘Shadows in the Moonlight’ featured on the album ‘New Kind of Feeling.’ The song was co-written by Rory Bourke and Charlie Black. The track was one of three songs by Murray to top the charts in 1979, although it only reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Yucatan café’ was the B-side to the single.
7. Broken Hearted Me (1979)
‘Broken Hearted Me’ was Murray’s fourth country chart-topping single in 1979 and her seventh single overall to reach the top spot on the Canadian country chart. Randy Goodrum wrote this song, and it was first recorded in early 1979 by England Dan & John Ford Coley, who featured the track on their album ‘Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive.’ Murray’s version of the song appears o her album ‘I’ll Always Love You.’
6. I Just Fall in Love Again (1979)
‘I Just Fall in Love Again’ topped the Canadian country, mainstream, and adult contemporary charts, and also topped the country and adult contemporary charts in the United States. The song was co-written by Larry Herbsritt, Steve Dorff, Harry Lloyd, and Gloria Sklerov and was originally performed by The Carpenters. Dusty Springfield also released a cover of this song. Murray’s version appeared in her album ‘New Kind of Feeling.’
5. Just Another Woman in Love (1984)
Playback FM lists the 1984 single ‘Just Another Woman in Love’ as one of the best Anne Murray songs of all time. It was the third single released from the album ‘A Little Good News.’ It reached number one on the country charts in both Canada and the United States. Wanda Mallette and Patti Ryan co-wrote this track.
4. You Needed Me (1978)
‘You Needed Me’ was Anne Murray’s second single to be certified Gold in the United States. In Canada, the song was a number one hit on the country, mainstream, and adult contemporary charts and reached the top spot on the country chart in the United States. Furthermore, it was a top ten hit in Australia. Anne Murray won a Grammy Award for this song, which was written by Randy Goodrum. Irish boyband Boyzone released a cover of this song in 1999.
3. A Love Song (1973)
‘A Love Song was the third single Murray released from her 1973 album ‘Love Song.’ In Canada, the single topped the country, mainstream, and adult contemporary music charts. It also reached the top position on the adult contemporary chart in the United States. Murray was not the first artist to release this song, which was co-written by Kenny Loggins and Dona Lyn George. It was first released earlier in 1973 by the folk-rock duo Loggins and Messina and featured on their album ‘Full Sail.’
2. Danny’s Song (1972)
‘Danny’s Song’ is a song with an interesting history. American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins’ wrote the song in 1971 for his brother, Danny, who had just become a father for the first time to a boy, Colin. Loggins could not afford to buy his brother a congratulatory gift, so he wrote him a song instead. Gator Creek first released the song, and then it later appeared on Loggins and Messina’s debut album, ‘Sittin’ In.’ Murray released her version of ‘Danny’s Song’ a year later as the first single from her album of the same name. It topped the country charts in both Canada and the United States and the mainstream and adult contemporary charts in Canada.
1. Snowbird (1970)
When Anne Murray released the single ‘Snowbird’ in 1970, she became the first Canadian female solo singer to achieve a number one hit on the US charts and the first to earn Gold certification. This song also topped the Canadian Country chart. ‘Songbird’ became Anne Murray’s most famous track and became her signature song. According to Ranker, ‘Snowbird’ featured in an episode of ‘Family Guy.’