The 10 Best Lyle Lovett Songs of All-Time

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Lyle Lovett’s music has a certain flair to it. He’s probably heard by most as a musician who plays lots of different instruments and sings in an infectious croon, but it’s the lyrics that make his tunes shine. For many (including me), Lyle Lovett is one of the greatest musical artists of all time, and the following is the ranking of his tracks from least to greatest. Here are the ten best Lyle Lovett songs.

10. You Can’t Resist It

 

“You Can’t Resist It” is the tenth track that appears on Lovett‘s self-titled debut album which was released in 1986. This album was certified gold by Music Canada on October 9, 1992. The song “You Can’t Resist It” also appeared on Lyle Lovett‘s 1991 release entitled Pontiac. It led him to win the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance during the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards in 1992.

9. Private Conversation

 

“Private Conversation” is the second track that appears on Lyle Lovett‘s self-titled debut album that was released in 1986. The album was certified gold by Music Canada on October 9, 1992. At the Grammy Awards ceremony that took place on February 28, 1987, “Private Conversation” earned a nomination for Best Country Song. In addition to this song being listed on the aforementioned debut studio album of Lyle Lovett, it also appears on his 1991 release entitled Pontiac as well as the 2007 compilation entitled Classic Love Songs Collection. On March 5, 1990, “Private Conversation” debuted on RPM’s Top Singles chart at its peak position of number sixty-eight.

8. If I Were the Man You Wanted

 

The first track that appears on Lyle Lovett‘s 1989 release entitled Lyle Lovett and His Large Band is called “If I Were the Man You Wanted.” This tune is a duet that Lovett performs alongside Julia Roberts in the motion picture entitled The Player (which was released to theaters on April 9, 1992, and which also stars Tim Robbins and Greta Scacchi). In addition to appearing on Lyle Lovett‘s 1989 studio release, this song can be found on his compilation album entitled Classics: Some of the Best-Loved Hits, as well as his 2007 greatest hits record known as Twenty Five.

7. If I Had a Boat

 

“If I Had a Boat ” is the third track that appears on Lyle Lovett‘s self-titled debut album that was released in 1986. At the 1991 Grammy Awards ceremony, Lovett and his Large Band were nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Country Song for this particular track. In addition to being featured on Lyle Lovett‘s self-titled debut album, this song can also be found on his separate release entitled I Love Everybody (which was produced in 1994).

6. That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas)

 

The track that appears on Lyle Lovett‘s 1989 studio album entitled Lyle Lovett and His Large Band is called “That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas).” This tune earned a Grammy nomination at the 1991 ceremony for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. This song is also included in Lyle Lovett‘s separate studio album release entitled Step Inside This House.

5. God Will

 

“God Will” is the ninth track that appears on Lyle Lovett‘s 1989 release entitled Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Since its initial appearance in 1989, this tune has become one of many fan favorites among his large body of work. On January 28, 1990, “God Will” debuted on RPM’s Top Singles chart at its peak position of number fifty-nine. This single also peaked at number twenty-seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 in addition to reaching number forty on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

4. Blues for Dixie

 

“Blues for Dixie” is the fourth track that appears on Lyle Lovett‘s self-titled debut album which was released in 1986. This song also appears on his 1991 release entitled Pontiac. At the Grammy Awards ceremony that took place on February 28, 1987, “Blues for Dixie” earned a nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Male.

3. Give Back My Heart

 

“Give Back My Heart” is the third track that appears on Lyle Lovett‘s self-titled debut album that was released in 1986. In addition to this tune, the album also includes Lovett’s rendition of “If You Were a Bluebird,” which was originally written and recorded by folk singer Roger Miller. At the Grammy Awards ceremony that took place on February 28, 1987, Lovett was nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Male.

2. Cowboy Man

 

“Cowboy Man,” the tenth track that appears on Lyle Lovett‘s 1989 release entitled Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, is a duet that Lovett performs alongside fellow singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin. This song was also released as a single and it peaked at number sixty-seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, while also reaching number eight on both the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

1. She’s No Lady

 

The second track that appears on Lyle Lovett‘s 1991 release entitled Joshua Judges Ruth is called “She’s No Lady, She’s My Wife.” Since its original release in 1991, this song has been a staple for his live shows. This poignant tune was recently covered by country music artist Lee Ann Womack on her 2007 release entitled There’s More Where That Came From. In addition to writing music, Lyle Lovett has also tried his hand at acting and even authored a novel called Pontiac Moon in 1994. With so many well-known songs to choose from, it’s understandable that even the best Lyle Lovett songs could be difficult to narrow down. It doesn’t hurt that Lovett himself is truly a gifted artist with an uncommonly fine voice. Although he hasn’t produced anything new for quite some time, his earlier works continue to thrill his many fans.

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