Craig Morgan served honourably in the United States Army for a while before deciding to pursue a career in music full-time. Since publishing his self-titled debut in 2000, Morgan has sung about everything from heartbreak to fun in the country heat.
Yet, which songs does Morgan consider to be his best? The Boot’s personal top ten includes the following items:
10. “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost”
Craig Morgan’s life was shattered in 2016 when his son Jerry, then 19 years old, drowned while tubing. The song “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” was inspired by the singer’s heartbreak over the loss of his son. After its premiere at the Grand Ole Opry in July 2019, the song was heavily promoted by Blake Shelton and other celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, ultimately propelling it to the top of the iTunes All-Genre list. Morgan sings that he is not alone in his sorrow over the death of his son, for he is encircled by “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost.”
9. “Something to Write Home About”
Morgan’s first release, “Something to Write Home About,” reached the Top 40. She’s got long blond hair and deep blue eyes / She likes her music loud and walkin’ in the moonlight / She laughs sometimes, sometimes until she cries / Oh, Mom, I’m in love, and Dad, I’m sure you’d be proud / ‘Cause I finally got me something to write home about,'” Morgan sang and wrote the song. Morgan’s ability to tell a gripping story in under four minutes was hinted at in this song.
8. “Almost Home”
A man sleeping rough behind some trash cans is the subject of this song’s narrative. I was walkin’ down an old dirt road, past a field of hay that had just been mowed, Man I wish you’d just left me alone, ’cause I was almost home, he says as he awakens from his dream.
7. “That’s What I Love About Sunday”
This 2005 number one song is Morgan’s lone number one to date; it describes in great detail a typical Sunday, beginning with church and continuing through a home-cooked lunch of chicken and baked beans and ending with a stroll down a dusty country road.
6. “Every Friday Afternoon”
Morgan, in Every Friday Afternoon, sings as a man whose ex-wife and child are moving to Boston. The father, who can’t wait to spend every weekend with his kid, laments, “It might as well be China or the dark side of the moon / There’s no way I can be there every Friday afternoon.” This tearjerker of a song, featuring Morgan’s extraordinarily sweet performance, peaked at number 25 on the country charts upon its August 2003 release.
When it was released as a single in 2009, “Bonfire” went straight to the top of the US Billboard Hot Country Songs list at number four, and it also reached the top 34 on Canada’s Country Tracks chart. The song’s lyrics explain that the presence of a police officer caused the revellers to hide their drinks from him out of fear of getting detained. Apparently, he wasn’t supposed to be a lawman.
He came to participate in the festivities. He seemed to be trying to join the “Redneck Yacht Club,” regardless of whether or not the event would take place on water. The song’s inspiration came from the need to show appreciation for something that has always been a shining example of what makes the United States of America exceptional. Neither the fire nor the beer are the focal point. It’s about getting together with friends in a setting free from any form of social tension that may otherwise prevent people from letting loose and having a good time.
4. “Little Bit of Life”
Little Bit of Existence is the first song from Morgan’s 2006 fourth album of the same name. In it, he lists the common things that make up his life, such as supper on the table and sleeping with the windows open. As Country Standard Time explains, it’s a blend of That’s What I Love About Sunday and Redneck Yacht Club, but Morgan’s performance sells it. Little Bit of Life became a top ten country hit.
3. “Wake Up Lovin’ You”
According to Morgan’s interview with The Boot, the song “had enough of the things that people expect from Craig Morgan, while at the same time, it went somewhere else,” allowing listeners to see a side of him they may not have seen previously. So, “it gives me room to develop.”
Even yet, Ramsey concedes that it was difficult to witness another singer achieve chart success with this song.
It was a “major decision moment” and “very hard to decide what we should do” when “the possibility for Craig to cut it came along,” he says. “When an artist of that calibre decides they want to cut your song, you kind of have to let them,” says one songwriter.
2. “Redneck Yacht Club”
Morgan’s ability to tackle emotional songs was on display in “Almost Home” and “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” but he also created plenty of upbeat tracks. He created the humorous “Redneck Yacht Club” in 2005, which is about a group of pals that go boating together and eventually form a “Floatin’ trailer park.” A classic summer country song, thanks to these lyrics and the tune’s fiddle, banjo, and steel guitar. Morgan’s “Redneck Yacht Club” went on to become a radio staple, reaching the top two on the charts.
The song was written by Morgan as an ode to the women who have battled breast cancer and was a Top 15 success in 2007. She went to church with her wig on, a pink ribbon tied to her shirt, and a strong faith in God, and here I was thinking I was tough.
Which Craig Morgan Song Do You Like the Most?
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