Miranda Lambert: The Songs That Built Her

Merle Haggard, I understand. But some of the songs on Miranda Lambert’s list of the “Music That Changed Her Life” in People magazine’s new country special issue seem a little out there. For now, I’ll just call the list “eclectic,” and you can see what you think.

1. “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star,” Merle Haggard
“Merle is my No. 1. He makes you believe the stories he tells. I grew up with my dad singing his songs,” Lambert says, adding that this song was one of the first songs she ever learned to play on her guitar.

2. “Run the World (Girls),” Beyoncé
“I used this song in my 2013 tour as the song I walk onstage with. It’s total girl power!”

3. “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” Guy Clark Lambert calls this one from Clark’s 1975 album Old No. 1 her favorite song of all time. “I remember hearing it when I was 8 and thinking, ’Oh, my gosh.’ His songs push me as a writer. I think, ’I can do better.'”

4. “Over You,” Lambert
Blake (Shelton) and I wrote this together about his brother who died in a car accident when Blake was a teen,” Lambert said about the song that she recorded and the one that won both the ACM and the CMA song of the year award.

5. “Monster Mash,” Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
“Probably every morning, when Blake’s making coffee, I hear, ’We do the mash …’ It makes us happy,” she said. “Every couple has a song. This is ours.”