With 60 Number One's, George Strait has proven he knows his way around a hook, line and sinker. The country legend has always selected songs that aren't just toe-tappers, but quite often soul-shifters and sometimes even heartbreakers. Strait will soon kick off his residency at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, which runs through the end of the year. Check out tickets here and delve into some of the master storyteller's wisest work below.
1. When he explained the value of a “Cold Beer Conversation”
Strait describes the ultimate night out with a friend: "Just a couple old boys, a little time well wasted/Trying to figure out life, trying to figure out girls/Trying to find our place in this crazy old world/A little truth, a little frustration/Cold beer conversation." The pair cover job frustration, teenage regrets, aging parents and their various dreams and wishes in this very real song. In the end, they admit it's all "Cold Beer Conversation" and that's quite alright: "We could sit here all night trying to make it make sense/A little buzz is probably all we're gonna get."
2. When he showcased his best pick-up line in "The Chair"
This sexy number shows Strait (falsely) accusing a female bar-goer of stealing his chair. Strait and the gal move from small talk to real talk before he finally confesses, "I like you too and to tell you the truth/That wasn't my chair after all."
3. And then helped us get over it with "Give It Away"
Need a fast track through a bad break-up? Strait recommends tossing any and all momentos of the relationship. He describes a woman who is so over it she doesn't even want her honeymoon photos or wedding ring. "That picture from our honeymoon/That night in Frisco Bay/Just give it away." When Strait tries to be reasonable: "Honey, don't you even want/Your half of everything?" she remains firm: "Give it away."
4. When he was a doting dad in "The Best Day"
A father walks the listener through pivotal moments in his son's life, including a father-son camping trip, his first car and wedding. In each instance the son tells his dad: "I'm the luckiest boy around/This is the best day of my life." The real zinger comes at the end when the father reveals he's agreed the whole time: "I'm the luckiest man alive/This is the best day of my life."
5. When he tackled big picture stuff in “I Saw God Today”
During his wife's lengthy labor, the narrator encounters small pieces of God on a stroll outside the hospital. In a flower on the sidewalk, a young couple's joy and, eventually, his newborn child, the narrator realizes the man upstairs has been here on Earth the whole time: "I've been to church, I've read the book/I know He's there, but I don't look/near as often as I should. His fingerprints are everywhere/I just look down and stop and stare/open my eyes and then I swear, I Saw God Today."