Kacey Musgraves performs onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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25 Must-Hear Songs From Kacey Musgraves' Decade of Critical Acclaim

She's been dominant for over a decade.

For over a decade now, Kacey Musgraves has been among the most critically-praised —and musically consistent— singer-songwriters to emerge from country music.

After over a decade as an independent artist (both solo and in the duo Texas Two Bits), Musgraves made an instant splash with her debut mainstream album, 2013's Same Trailer Different Park. It topped Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and climbed to No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard 200. It won the ACM's Best Country Album prize as well as the Grammy award for Best Country Album. Singles-wise, "Merry Go 'Round" and "Follow Your Arrow" added to Musgraves' awards nomination haul while upping her commercial viability.

In addition, Musgraves co-wrote Miranda Lambert hit "Mama's Broken Heart," which also defined country music in 2013.

Musgraves avoided a sophomore slump in 2015 with follow-up album Pageant Material. After two albums of traditional country stunners, Musgraves began a pivot toward a less genre-bound sound on 2018's Golden Hour. The latter sealed Musgraves' status as a critical favorite when it won her the Grammys' top prize, Album of the Year.

Since then, Musgraves has further explored new sounds —be it solo or as a featured vocalist— without that watering down her undeniable gift as a Texas-bred, country-raised storyteller.

Read on for her 25 best songs, so far.

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