What Was Your “Record Year”?

Even Miranda Lambert Has Fallen for Eric Church's Song

We’ve all been there. Your heart is broken, so you cue the music.

That’s the story of one of the songs on Eric Church’s surprise album Mr. Misunderstood. It’s called “Record Year.”

It’s about how Church sat around and listened to albums he rediscovered after someone broke his heart. He had Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger, John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer and then some. He says he’s either gonna get over her or he’s gonna blow out his ears.

When the album came out, Miranda Lambert wasted no time extoling the virtues of this song.

“I’m countin on a needle to save me” … EC #songwriter#recordyear,” she wrote on Instagram with a screen shot of the song.

The last time someone broke my fragile little teenage heart, I had John Cougar’s American Fool, Bob Seger’s Beautiful Loser, the Little River Band’s First Under the Wire, Jackson Browne’s Running on Empty, Dire StraitsMaking Movies and, obviously, Prince’s Dirty Mind to keep me occupied while I felt sorry for myself.

But I wondered what was in everyone else’s “Record Year.”

When I asked some of my friends and associates, I got a very extensive list. Here are a few examples from the array of music that helped people slowly plan their survival with a 3-foot stack of vinyl.

Eric Church’s Sinners Like Me
Gary Allan’s Set You Free
Dixie ChicksWide Open Spaces
Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
Garth Brooks’ No Fences
Willie Nelson‘s Willie Nelson Sings Kristofferson
Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love
John Kilzer’s Busman’s Holiday

People also mentioned specific songs that got them through their heartache, like Mark Chesnutt’s “I’ll Think of Something,” Tim Hardin’s “Misty Roses” and Steve Wariner and Anita Cochran’s “What If I Said.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.