Emmylou Harris is an American songwriter and musician, who has released many chart-topping albums and singles over the course of her career. She has also won 12 Grammys and numerous other awards. In addition to her work as a solo artist and bandleader, both as an interpreter of other composer’s works and as a singer-songwriter, she is a a sought-after backing vocalist and duet partner. Over the years, she has had successful singles. Here is a top 5 list of her best songs.
Wayfaring Stranger (1980)
This song is a very well-known spiritual, folk song likely originating in the early 19th century. The song is about a plaintive soul on the journey through life. Emmylou Harris released the song as a single from her album Roses in the Snow, her version peaked at #7 on the U.S. Country Charts in 1980.
All That I Have is Your Soul (2008)
The song is featured on her 25th album, All I Intended to Be. The album debuted at number 22 on the Billboard 200, and number four on Top Country Albums, which makes the album Harris’ highest charting solo record on the Billboard 200. The single, as the album, have been nominated for a Grammy Award in the field of Best Contemporary Folk at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Save the Last Dance For Me (1979)
This is probably the best known song that has been covered by many artists, including Emmylou Harris. Her recording reached the top ten on the U.S. country singles charts. It is a different version, that is just as strong and emotional as the original one.
Shores of White Sand (2008)
This song is also featured on her 2008 album, All I Intended to Be. The album and the songs were inspired by Terri Schiavo and is a celebration of life and death. It is a touching and her voice is hauntingly beautiful.
Beneath Still Waters (1979)
As soon as the song was released in 1979, it became a No. 1 smash. This is perhaps one of her best known singles. The single was part of the Blue Kentucky Girl album and it features delving more traditional country than the country rock sound of Harris’ previous releases.
Emmylou Harris is a complete artist. She doesn’t stop to just having top singles. In September 2012, she will be featured in a campaign called 30 Songs/ 30 Days to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.