A self-starter and Spitfire, Miranda Lambert self-released her first album in 2001. The then only 18-year-old singer graduated from high school in Texas early and aimed for musical success.
Four years later, Lambert burst onto the country music scene with her debut studio album. Kerosene. The album’s title track earned her a Grammy nomination and collaborated with other tracks like “Gunpowder & Lead” to promote her rebellious image.
Lambert, now 38, has won three Grammys and remains one of country music’s biggest stars. Here’s a look at the 38-year-old’s six most iconic music videos, according to IVMDb, including some of her biggest hits and greatest collaborations.
Lambert’s “Geraldene” is a tribute to country music legend Dolly Parton and her classic “Jolene”. The video offers a behind-the-scenes look at Lambert in the recording studio and is a toned-down twist for the singer, who prefers a dramatic flair.
The song can also be heard on Lambert’s recent Instagram post with husband Brendan McLoughlin ahead of the Academy of Country Music Honors, where Lambert received the ACM Triple Crown Award.
Lambert’s first #1 single, “The House That Built Me,” launched her career. The song and accompanying video were big changes for Lambert at the time. Many of their earlier songs had struck a powerful note.
But the video for “The House That Built Me” shows a different side of Lambert — a softer, more thoughtful side. Featuring some real footage of Lambert as a child in a house strikingly similar to the one used in the video, the song remains one of Lambert’s best with a message that many relate to.
Lambert’s 2013 team-up with Keith Urban for “We Were Us” has a foot-stomping grassroots feel. The video is simple, with Lambert and Urban performing amid a tight crowd of fans. Still, with the theatrics of Lambert’s other videos, the simplicity of this video coupled with the track’s deep-country feel is refreshing.
Lambert’s Mama’s Broken Heart video is a return to the spunky, bland attitude that won the hearts of so many. The video features Lambert as a Stepford-esque housewife in the throes of a total (and hilarious) breakdown. As is her way, Lambert throws away the Southern debutantes’ code of conduct and embraces her messy feelings, saying, “That’s not my mother’s broken heart.”
Lambert’s 2014 collaboration with country music powerhouse Carrie Underwood is a hilarious good time. While the song is catchy and fun, the music video is like watching an action movie set to a country tune.
In Something Bad, Lambert and Underwood pull off an elaborate heist (and cheat a group of male poker players out of their winnings) before escaping by helicopter. The music video is explosive, and Underwood’s involvement makes it all the more fun.
The music video for Lambert’s 2021 duet with Elle King, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” is hilarious. The video shows the singers, dressed in lavish 80s fashion, making waves at a wedding amid a stuffier crowd.
While the video is ridiculous at times, it also makes a statement about putting aside judgment and finding unity. The video also acts as a sly nod to Lambert’s career and personality; She is often light-hearted and flamboyant in a genre known for its love of all things traditional.
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