My favorite songs: “I Just Wanna Be Mad”

Canadian country singer/guitarist Terri Clark has never gotten the credit she deserves. From 1995-2004 she notched 10 top 10 country singles in the US, seven of those going top three (including a pair of #1s), but today she seems to have been largely forgotten. Which is a shame, because her rich voice and fine guitar pickin’ — she’s kind of the female Brad Paisley — should be much better-known than they are. 2002’s “I Just Wanna Be Mad,” a #2 country hit, may well be one of the greatest, truest songs ever written about relationships. Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller’s lyrics just nail part of the essence of being in an LTR, to wit its chorus:

“I’ll never leave, I’ll never stray
My love for you will never change
But I ain’t ready to make up or get around to that
I think I’m right, I think you’re wrong
I’ll probably give in before long
Please don’t make me smile
I just want to be mad for a while”

OH my god, how perfect is that? Byron Gallimore and Keith Stegall’s production takes good care of the song, putting Clark’s delivery of these killer lyrics front and center. This is easily one of my favorite songs of the ’00s, in addition to being one of my favorite country singles. Everything about it rings true, and sometimes, that’s all you need from a great song.

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