Bobbie Gentry is an American singer-songwriter born by the name Roberta Lee Streeter, Mississippi. She was the first woman to write and produce her own country hit. She started singing formally in 1966 and retired in 1982. Her genre included country, pop, and soul. Below are what many consider her best songs. Over the years, she produced great songs and earned her Grammy awards and nominations. This article will discuss the best Bobbie gentry songs of all time.
10. He Made a Woman Out of Me”
The song was released in 1970 in the album Fancy. The song is about a woman who loved a young man named Joe Henry; little did she know the man would later leave her. After the breakup, she is mature enough and cannot fall for a man who wants to love and run. According to Undiscover Music, the song was popular and covered by other artists, such as Tammy Wynette. It reached number four on the Country charts and eighty-two on the billboard 100. Different movies and films like Thelma and Louise used the song as part of their soundtracks.
9. Mornin’ Glory
The song was written and released in 1968 as part of the album The Delta Sweete. Morning Glory is a song about a young woman who is in love, and her lover is expressing his love for her. He is grateful that the woman sleeps well beside her and doesn’t like when he wakes her up. But he has to since he likes sharing the morning light with her. The song is a soft and beautiful love song that was popular in its time; it reached number ninety on the billboard 100. It was covered by other artists such as Bill Evans. Films such as You’ve Got Mail used the song in their soundtracks.
8. Mississippi Delta
Mississippi Delta song was released in 1967 as part of the album Ole to Billie Joe. The song is about life in the Mississippi Delta and how it has changed over time. The song is told from the perspective of a young woman who is reminiscing about her childhood and how things used to be. The track was a hit reaching number thirteen on the Country charts and eighty-eight on the billboard 100. Films such as The Help used the song in their soundtracks.
7. Casket Vignette
The song was released in 1968 as part of the album Local Gentry. Casket Vignette is a short song that is only fifty-eight seconds long. The song is about a young woman who is attending the funeral of a friend’s fiance. The song is told from the perspective of the woman and how she is feeling trying to comfort her friend. This song is sad and melancholic, but it was popular in its time. It reached number ninety on the Country charts and ninety-nine on the billboard 100. The song was used as a soundtrack by movies such as The Big Chill.
6. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
Released in 1969, the song is about a woman who has just gone through a breakup, and she is telling herself she will never fall in love again. According to Wide Open Country, the song is sad as the woman has not gotten anything positive about love, and she is trying to convince herself that it’s better not to love at all. It was a major track in the album Touch ‘Em with Love and landed at number two on the Country charts and number eighteen on the Billboard 100. The song has been covered by other artists such as Isaac Hayes, Deacon Blue, Ronan Keating, and Evan Racheal. Movies such as Bridget Jones’s Diary used the song in their soundtracks.
5. All I Have To Do Is Dream
The song was released in 1968 in the album Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell and featured other artists Debby Campbell and Glen Campbell. All I Have To Do Is Dream is a song about a woman who is dreaming of her lover. The song is told from the perspective of the woman and how she feels about missing her lover. It gained a high following reaching number nine on the Country charts and number ninety-one on the Billboard 100. The song was used in soundtracks of movies such as Catch Me If You Can.
4. Lookin’ In
The song was featured in the album Patchwork and released in 1971. Looking In is a song about a woman who is looking at her life, and she is not happy with what she sees. She may be in a relationship, but she is not happy since she has a busy schedule. The song was a hit and ranked number four on the Country charts and sixty-seven on the Billboard 100. The song was used by movies such as Serendipity in their soundtracks.
3. Sweet Peony
The song was released in 1968 in the album Local Gentry. The song is about a lover writing to his lover about how he is feeling. He is missing her, and he can’t wait to see her again and how they will enjoy their moments on the boat. It was a popular track in its time, reaching number eighty on the Country charts and ninety-eight on the Billboard 100. It was used by movies such as The Notebook in their soundtracks.
The song was released in 1970 as the lead singer in the album Fancy. Fancy was another one of Gentry’s hits that made it to number one on the Country charts and number 24 on the Billboard 100 in 1970. The song is about a young woman named Fancy who turns to prostitution to make a living. After realizing what she is doing, she is eager to change her life and get out of the streets. It was a popular song and was nominated for Grammy Awards for best female Pop vocal performance. The song was used as a soundtrack by movies and films such as Pretty Woman.
1. Ode to Billie Joe
Ode to Billie Joe is considered one of Gentry’s best-known songs and was ranked No. 427 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It also topped the billboard 100 when it was released in 1967 and featured in the album Ode to Billie Joe. According to LA Times, the song is about a young man named Billie Joe McAllister who committed suicide by jumping off the Tallahatchie Bridge. The song became popular and was nominated for Grammy awards for record of the year. Movies and films such as Forrest Gump used the song in their soundtracks which made it even more popular.