Miranda Lambert comes to town tonight for a show at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, and if there’s one thing we know about the sassy country songbird, it’s that she doesn’t take any guff.
So, in honor of her frank assessments about love, let’s talk revenge. It would be hard to sway me from my belief that Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” remains the gold standard of middle finger songs, although Carrie Underwood bashing the headlights of a deceitful fool’s car in “Before He Cheats” comes close. (Both ladies, by the way, are also coming to town – Morissette to The Tabernacle Oct. 25 and Underwood to Gwinnett Arena Dec. 19.)
In the essence of gender fairness, let’s give the guys in All-American Rejects credit for their deliciously spiteful “Gives You Hell,” and of course, we can’t discuss kiss-off songs without mentioning one of the original residents of See-Ya-ville , Nancy Sinatra and “These Boots are Made for Walking” (I spared you the Jessica Simpson version).
Some of my other picks are below. What are yours?
Miranda Lambert, “Gunpowder and Lead”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
Alanis Morissette, “You Oughta Know”
All-American Rejects, “Gives You Hell”
Nancy Sinatra, “These Boots Are Made for Walking”