David Lee Murphy’s songs continue to be a staple on country radio
Over the years, various country superstars have recorded songs by David Lee Murphy, including Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett and many more. This yielded massive hits and led to over a dozen songwriting awards for Murphy.
But did you know that fame and recognition don’t come easily to the talented singer-songwriter?
David Lee Murphy moved to Music City in 1983 in hopes of becoming famous, only to find himself struggling to gain the attention of the music industry. With every label in town turning him down, he focused more on his songwriting – until a wide range of artists started recording his tracks.
Slowly making himself known as a songwriter, Murphy also began recording his songs. So, to celebrate his illustrious career, let’s take a look at some of David Lee Murphy’s greatest hits, from songs he recorded to tracks made famous by other artists.
1. “Dust on the bottle”
Murphy got his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “Dust on the Bottle”, inspired by a real character named Creole Williams. In the song, Murphy finds himself asking the old man for advice on how to impress a lover – of course, he accompanied it with a homemade wine that gets sweeter over time.
The rhythmic ballad of Joys of Being a Little Crazy was Murphy’s first entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 44. He also reached No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
3. “Party crowd”
The third single from his debut album, “Party Crowd”, finds Murphy recounting how his lover broke up with him and how he told her not to worry about him as he “looks for a party crowd” to drown his problems .
4. “Everything will be alright”
After more than two decades, Murphy has returned to the forefront of country radio with his collaboration with country superstar Kenny Chesney. “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” delivers a positive message, something that we all need during this time – when the world seems out of its rocker.
5. “The road you leave behind”
Murphy described “The Road You Leave Behind” as “a really good kind of ‘do the right thing’ song” that will provide life lessons that will come in handy over the years. What makes the country ballad more heartwarming is Murphy’s vocal honesty that doesn’t sound judgmental at all.
6. “Get out suddenly”
Murphy closed his debut album with his title track – an ode to the good times – showcasing his distinctive voice and uniqueness, something that will stand the test of time.
7. “Bar at the end of the world”
According to Murphy’s co-author JT Harding, the mid-tempo ballad was inspired by bars you can only reach by boat, which Harding saw while visiting a friend in the Virgin Islands. Harding pitched the idea to Murphy during a songwriting session, who then provided the opening lines.
8. “Anywhere with you”
Reaching number 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay, the song finds Owen singing about how happy he’ll be to travel anywhere as long as he’s with his lover.
9. “Living fast forward”
Written by Murphy and Rivers Rutherford, the song was inspired by Rutherford’s hectic life that he no longer has time to return home. So, he called his wife, asking her to meet him at the airport and bring him clean clothes – at the same time, bring home his dirty clothes. His wife paused for a long time and said, “One at a time.” Rutherford told Murphy the story and the song was over within an hour.
ten. “Big green tractor”
The idea for the song came to Murphy while driving his own tractor. The next day, he collaborated with songwriter Jim Collins to write the country ballad. It turned out to be Aldean’s third success in the country charts.
11. “Are you going to kiss me or not”
The country love song tells the story of a man who was caught off guard when the woman he loved said to him, “Are you going to kiss me or not?” The two got married at the end of the song.
12. “Everything I shouldn’t be thinking about”
With all the issues rocking the world today, Thompson Square has found itself focusing only on each other for the time being.
13. “The only way I know”
Aldean teamed up with Luke Bryan and Eric Church in a piece co-written by Murphy on hard work, integrity, small town values and the southern work ethic.
14. “Whenever I’m around you”
Released as the first single from his second studio album, the song became another country hit for Murphy – reaching No. 2 on the US and Canadian country charts.
15. “Don’t wait until she leaves”
Murphy further showed just how great a storyteller he is with his 1997 hit, which tells the story of a heartbroken man left behind by his wife – whose love he took for granted.
Some other David Lee Murphy’s songs that remain iconic today
There are absolutely so many songs you should know from the man who defined the freewheeling spirit of the country. Check them out below!
Indeed, these songs by David Lee Murphy show just how influential he really is.