17 Shania Twain Songs to Reignite Your Fandom in 2017
Shania Twain's songs, like the artist herself, are timeless. The Canadian country-pop queen reigned the airwaves in the 1990s, blasting out woman-empowering anthems and sensitive ballads that consistently climbed the charts and left fans wanting more. Twain's captivating voice, sassy attitude and whistle-worthy good looks are just a few reasons she has become the country icon we know today. To honor this accomplished songstress, we have compiled a list of her best songs.
"Don't" was one of Twain's later cuts, released as the second single from her Greatest Hits album in 2005. Like so many of her songs, it was written and produced by Mutt Lange, and while not a massive hit (it didn't crack the Top 20), it's a beautiful, pleading ballad about patching up a burnt-down love, and who doesn't love a love song?
The ballad from Twain's Up album was never released to country radio, but still charted. The song finds Twain madly in love, and a video shows her playfully dancing about a wave-fallen shore. The song is lightly-produced, but still stirring. It's hard to hear this song for the first time knowing how her relationship with Mutt Lange would turn out.
The seventh single from Twain's career-changing The Woman in Me album is somewhat of an anomaly in her catalog. "Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)" is a classic country heartbreak ballad. Though it still contains some of the signature pop melodicism of her other hits, its slower tempo and sad subject matter, coupled with an arrangement carried by acoustic guitar, piano and gentle pedal steel fills, is quite unlike the peppy pop we generally expect from Twain. Peaking at No. 28, it wasn't one of her biggest chart hits, but it's a song that stands the test of time perhaps better than some other songs that placed higher in the charts.
Shania Twain is back, and according to her, things are about to look up. "Life’s About to Get Good" is the debut single from Twain’s September 2017 Now album — fans' first taste of her big comeback to country music. Twain has said that her divorce from Lange and the pain that followed provided inspired her new songs, and "Life’s About to Get Good" definitely has some more serious, darker undertones than, say, "Man! I Feel Like a Woman."
Twain didn't stray too far from her established hitmaking formula for "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" the first single from 2002's Up! Once again written with husband and producer Robert "Mutt" Lange, the song features an electro-dance pop track with distorted guitars and the kind of strong, frequently repeated vocal hook that is Twain's signature. "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" reached the Top 10 in both country and adult contemporary in the U.S., and also gave Twain a worldwide hit, reaching No. 1 in Canada and Romania while scoring huge chart successes in many other world markets including the U.K., Portugal, Poland, New Zealand, Ireland, Hungary, Denmark and more.
Country radio embraced Twain's pairing with Billy Currington, while pop stations played a version with Mark McGrath. It was a flirty performance from all involved, and while the song reached the Top 10 on the country airplay charts, it arguably did more for Currington than Twain — at the time he was still a very new artist unlikely to get stage time at the CMA Awards. Together the singing couple performed this song in 2004 during a performance that was memorable, if a little cheesy.
Released in 1999, this was the ninth single to come out of Twain's iconic album of the same name and another Top 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Oh, and it won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 2000! It was a cheerful release that later earned a spot on the country-pop legend's Greatest Hits package.
"Honey I’m Home" is a song every working woman can identify with. Its heavy stomp-clap rhythm invites you to join in easily. One of her most successful hits, the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It’s a classic country song with a hint of rock — a perfect representation of what Twain is all about.
The second single off Twain's Come on Over album, this lighthearted country-pop tune puts you in a good mood from the first note. The hooky fiddle melodies and toe-tapping beat make you want to stop what you're doing and square dance. "Don't Be Stupid" reached No. 6 on Billboard's country charts and kept Twain on an upward journey toward unprecedented crossover success.
As the title track off Twain’s first commercially successful album, this sultry love song came with an equally sexy (yet classy) music video. Though it only reached No. 14 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, the star's subtlety and approachable beauty established her as the sort of gal you'd be lucky to have, but could still take home to Mom.
This airy pop-country ballad was an instant crossover hit, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and winning Twain two Grammys in 1999. It propelled her further into superstardom, solidifying her status as a pop culture icon. If you didn’t know who Twain was before this song, you did after.
The first single off Twain's breakout album The Woman in Me, "Whose Bed ..." reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1995, laying the groundwork for who she wanted to be as an artist. The classic country style and catchy melody put her on the map and launched her career as a powerful female force in country music.
Close your eyes for a moment while you listen to this song and you might remember slow-dancing with a football player, or crying in your car after a breakup. "From This Moment On" is everything a ballad should be. In the duet version, Twain's voice blends perfectly with Bryan White's as they declare their unending love over swelling strings and a key change that comes at just the right second, earning this song a permanent place on this list of the best Shania Twain songs.
Once again, Twain makes that man prove himself worthy of her attention in "That Don't Impress Me Much" — even if he's a rocket scientist! This dancey country-rock hit is a classic tune, conveying the sassy attitude and catchy melodies Twain is so known for. The song reached No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot Country chart and remains one of her most well-known songs to date.
This bluesy ultimatum was yet another No. 1 hit for Twain from her The Woman in Me album. The song's unique blend of blues, pop and country styles combined with its key change from verse to chorus and signature clapping rhythm make it a standout tune worthy of slot number three on our list of the best Shania songs.
Can anyone hear the phrase “Let’s go girls” without immediately thinking of this song? No, because it's impossible. The track's iconic intro lick and catchy singalong vibe won this song a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2000 and a No. 4 slot on the country charts. The most staunch pop purists can still sing along to this one years later, even if they mumble the chorus a bit in the middle.
Any true country girl would gladly claim this anthem. Its stomp-clap rhythm and upbeat fiddle licks give it a straight up down-home country feel, and its message is clear: whether she's late for a date or burns your dinner, you are still lucky to have her. It's obvious why this tune — the second single from "The Woman in Me" — was Twain's first No. 1 hit and our pick for her No. 1 best song.