YMMV / Reba McEntire

  • Accidental Aesop: "She Thinks His Name Was John" has the main aesop of "AIDS can strike heterosexuals, not just homosexuals". But it can also be regarded as teaching that "one-night stands are risky, while committed monogamous relationships - even if they do not always work out - are much safer and fulfilling".
  • Awesome Music: Reba considers "Fancy" her favorite song out of the ones she's recorded. Most fans and critics agree.
  • Covered Up: "Fancy" and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" were originally pop hits for Bobbie Gentry and Vicki Lawrence, respectively.
    • In a lesser example, "Somebody" was first recorded by Mark Wills.
    • And "New Fool at an Old Game" is a Michelle Wright cover.
    • Cathy's Clown was originally a more upbeat song from the Everly Brothers.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: In Tremors, second only to her onscreen husband, Burt.
  • She Really Can Act: Someone came up with the bright idea to cast her as Nellie Forbush for a South Pacific concert at Carnegie Hall. She was in her fifties, possibly making some people go, WTH, Casting Agency? And she... was a smashingly spectacular success. Go figure.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The climax of Whoever's in New England. Just... the music video for "Whoever's in New England."
    • Also something she said at one of her ACM awards: "I've always tried to play a game with you guys, with the fans, to try to out-give you. I've never won."
    • The final verse to "Fancy," which ends up being a triumph over her past life, including a brief stint as a prostitute. In the video, Fancy uses the money she made during her prostitution career to open a safe home for runaway teenagers, hoping that they will never have to live her life.
    • And the title of her 2009 album, Keep On Loving You, is dedicated to her fans.
    • The Twist Ending to "Somebody", where the protagonist realizes that he had spent so long searching for his soulmate...when all this time she was the waitress he befriended at his favorite diner.
  • Painful Rhyme: For some reasons, the writers of "Every Other Weekend" couldn't think of anything else to rhyme with "weekend" except... "again".
  • Second Verse Curse: The fourth verse of "Fancy", which is rarely played on radio.
  • Signature Song: The aforementioned "Fancy" and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," as well as "Whoever's in New England," "Does He Love You" (a duet with Linda Davis), and arguably "Consider Me Gone," "The Greatest Man I Never Knew," "I'm a Survivor" (which was also the theme to her sitcom) and "She Thinks His Name Was John."
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "She Thinks His Name Was John" states that anyone (male or female) can contract HIV and get AIDS through heterosexual contact, and that it is not just something that happens to homosexuals.