Famous in a Small Town

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"Famous in a Small Town"
Famous Miranda single art.png
Single by Miranda Lambert
from the album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
ReleasedApril 2, 2007 (2007-04-02)
LabelColumbia Nashville
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Travis Howard
  • Frank Liddell
  • Mike Wrucke
Miranda Lambert singles chronology
"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
"Famous in a Small Town"
"Gunpowder & Lead"
Music video
"Famous in a Small Town" on YouTube

"Famous in a Small Town" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Miranda Lambert. It was released in April 2007 as the second single from her album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It was Lambert's second Top 20 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2008. The song was written by Lambert and Travis Howard.

The song was ranked number 40 on Engine 145's 50 Best Country Songs of 2007.[1]


"Famous in a Small Town" has a moderately fast tempo in the key of B major. The main chord pattern is Bsus2-Esus2/B-F/B.[2] The narrator describes the simplicities of living in a small town, where everyone knows each other and no one needs to have their face in a magazine to be famous. Thus, everybody dies "famous in a small town."

Music video[]

A music video was released for the song, directed by Trey Fanjoy. The video features Lambert singing in a town square in Lebanon, Tennessee mixed with scenes from Shelbyville, Tennessee. The video's depicts people's everyday lives in a small town, including a diner and high school; all of these scenes are shot in black and white. One major part in the video is every person/event seen is taken as a magazine picture (ending with Lambert herself getting one taken). Lambert is also seen playing her guitar and singing on a red carpet with camera flashes, neon signs, and her band, to contrast with the small town image, and is shot in color rather than black and white. This is her second video to be shot in both black and white and in color, after "New Strings" in 2006. In Lambert's own words, "Famous in a Small Town is really, (really) how it was growing up in Lindale."[3]

The music video reached the top spot of CMT's Top Twenty Countdown for the week of August 16, 2007.

Chart performance[]

"Famous in a Small Town" debuted at number 54 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 7, 2007. After 33 weeks on the chart, it peaked at number 14 on November 17, 2007.

Weekly charts[]

Chart (2007) Peak
Canada Country (Billboard)[4] 32
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 87
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 14

Year-end charts[]

Chart (2007) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 57


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Best Country Songs of 2007". Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  2. ^ "'Famous in a Small Town' sheet music". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Interview (YouTube channel)". Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  4. ^ "Miranda Lambert Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Miranda Lambert Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Miranda Lambert Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Country Songs - Year-End 2007". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Miranda Lambert – Famous In A Small Town". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 5, 2018.

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