Beth Hart is a phenomenal performer that has recorded over a dozen albums during the course of her three-decade career that periodically intertwined musically with Joe Bonamassa. Her voice is amazing whether it’s gently lilting or balls to the wall screaming. She made her debut on Ed McMahon’s Star Search in 1993 when she won five weeks in a row. Hart is also a multi-instrumentalist and a riveting pianist along with a talented songwriter. Most of the compositions that appear on her albums were either written or co-written by her except for the obvious covers.
Here are 10 of Beth Hart’s best songs to date.
10. “Can’t Get Enough”
“Can’t Get Enough” is the first song we have a record of Beth Hart singing. It doesn’t appear on an album and is a self written composition that she sang on Star Search in 1993 when she won first place five weeks in a row.
9. “I’d Rather Go Blind”
“I’d Rather Go Blind” was on 2011’s Don’t Explain with Joe Bonamassa. It’s a classic blues cover co-written and sung originally by Etta James who recorded it in 1967. Hart’s voice reaches into the soul as Bonamassa’s guitar echoes her emotion with his six string.
8. “Love Is a Lie”
“Love Is a Lie” comes from Hart’s 2016 studio album Fire On the Floor. It’s a broken hearted rant where she passionately sings that “Love is a lie sucking you dry” and to make the point more poignantly painful, lead guitarist Jon Nichols performs an emotionally escalating guitar solo.
7. “Caught Out In the Rain”
“Caught Out In the Rain” from 2012’s Bang Bang Boom Boom is performed by Beth Hart and her band in 2018 at Royal Albert Hall in London. Some compare Hart to Janis Joplin in the way that she stretches her voice to the screaming limit and this is a good example.
6. “Leave The Light On”
This is a delicate sounding acoustic song with Hart playing piano as she sings the title song of her 2003 release Leave The Light On. The lyrics reflects the fear and uncertainty of a woman recollecting her childhood and coming of age trauma and expressing it through the anguish in her voice.
5. “Mama This One’s For You”
Better Than Home produced “Mama This One’s For You” which Hart regularly performs in concert. She has the ability to capture not only your attention but your emotions as she becomes a siren that entices listeners to listen with the same abandoned rapture that the doomed sailors did when they joyously sailed into the rocks of Scylla.
4. “Bad Woman Blues”
In 2019, Hart released War On My Mind which contained “Bad Woman Blues” a piano driven rant that has her singing in multi-octaves “Good girls always lose, I got the bad woman blues.”
3. “Bottle Of Jesus”
Leave the Light On was released in 2003 and “Bottle Of Jesus” was a humorous romp around the serious subject of addiction on both the temporal and spiritual levels. The lyrics vacillate along with the melody and rhythm as she sings “I don’t listen to rules or Gospel they’re just trying to shut me up…Oh Lord. Gonna set me free.”
2. “One Eyed Chicken”
“One Eyed Chicken appeared on 37 Days in 2007 and is a throw out all the stops ass kicking blues rocker that features screaming vocals and raging interplay between piano and guitar.
1. “Through the Window Of My Mind”
“Through the Window Of My Mind” appeared on Bang Bang Boom Boom in 2012 and is a beautiful haunting melody with a throbbing piano driven cadence singing “open the window” repeatedly as a euphemism for the sky is the limit in life.