Sara Evans songs are some of the most-played at radio over the course of the last decade. The singer has scored hits in a wide variety of styles, from fairly traditional country to more contemporary, pop-leaning material and ballads.
From fun, uptempo songs to slower, more serious message songs, and everything in between, Evans has built a hugely successful career on the strength of her song choices, as well as her readily identifiable voice. Our list of the Top 10 Sara Evans Songs encompasses tracks from every era of her career.
"I Could Not Ask for More"From: 'Born to Fly' (2000)
Hit songwriter Diane Warren wrote this song, which was first released by pop artist Edwin McCain before Sara released her own version in 2001. Singing, "These are the moments I know Heaven must exist / These are the moments I know all I need is this," Evans took this love song all the way to No. 2 on the country charts.
"Perfect"From: Restless' (2003)
Evans co-wrote this song about letting go of lofty ideals of love. Singing, "If I'd rather wear your t-shirt than a sexy negligee / It's all right, it's all right / Every dinner doesn't have to be candlelit / It's kinda nice to know that it doesn't have to be perfect," Evans makes "rough around the edges [and] tattered at the seams" seem sexy.
"Backseat of a Greyhound Bus"From: 'Restless' (2003)
This tale of an unwanted pregnancy turns into a love story between mother and newborn baby, all unfolding in the backseat of a Greyhound bus. In one of her most powerful vocal performances ever, Evans surprises with the happy ending you don't see coming, earning it a spot in the Top 10 Sara Evans Songs.
"Suds in the Bucket"From: 'Restless' (2003)
Sometimes princes show up riding in white pickup trucks instead of on white horses -- at least they do in this chart-topping hit. The song tells the tale of an 18-year-old who runs away with her truck-driving boyfriend, leaving the "suds in the bucket and the clothes hangin' out on the line." They head straight to Las Vegas, leaving the "biddys in the beauty shop" with the "gossip goin' non-stop."
"New Again"From: 'The Passion of the Christ' (2004)
Evans sang this Christian tune with labelmate Brad Paisley for Mel Gibson's Oscar-nominated film The Passion of the Christ. Singing, "God, how can this be your will / To have your son and my son be killed," Evans and Paisley's delivery of this emotionally charged ballad still brings tears to our eyes, all these years later.
"Cheatin'"From: 'Real Fine Place' (2005)
First appearing on Evans' No. 1 album Real Fine Place, this reminder of the repercussions of cheating also showed up on her Greatest Hits CD. Thanks to lines like, "How do you like that beat up car / I think it's fair we traded / Your pick-up truck is running fine / It's a cozy ride for datin'," philanderers should take this song as a warning.
"That's the Beat of a Heart"From: Warren Brothers, 'King of Nothing' (2000)
Evans sang on this gorgeous duet with the Warren Brothers on their 2000 sophomore album, King of Nothing. Though the tune didn't make a major impact at radio, it was prominently featured in the blockbuster movie, Where the Heart Is, starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd, and more than deserves a mention as one of the Top 10 Sara Evans Songs.
"A Little Bit Stronger"From: 'Stronger' (2010)
The first single from Stronger, this song empowers anyone going through a breakup to pick up the pieces and move on. "I know my heart will never be the same / But I'm telling myself I'll be OK / Even on my weakest days / I get a little bit stronger," Evans sings in a tune that showcases her powerful vocal range. Written by Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum, the song was also featured in the movie Country Strong.
"Born to Fly"From: 'Born to Fly' (2000)
"I've been telling my dreams to the scarecrow / About the places that I'd like to see" are the opening lyrics of what's perhaps Evans' biggest sing-a-long song, with fans screaming the lyrics as loud as the brunette beauty at her live shows. Co-written by Evans, the tune, with an accompanying video that features her as Dorothy from the epic film The Wizard of Oz, makes fans want to spread their wings, too.
"No Place That Far"From: 'No Place That Far' (1998)
Featuring the flawless background vocals of Vince Gill, this song was Evans' first No. 1 single, and one she had a hand in writing. Blissfully in love, she promises to "swim a hundred rivers just to climb a thousand walls" to get to the one she loves. After releasing four songs that failed to chart at radio, it was this 1998 hit that made America fall in love with the standout singer -- and her songwriting prowess.