Here’s this week’s edition in our ongoing 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s countdown! This week, we cover songs #321-330, featuring Tracy Lawrence, Shania Twain, Joe Diffie and more!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90s!
330. Brooks & Dunn – Lost And Found
Album: Brand New Man
Starting off this week’s list, is easily the biggest duo, not only in the 90’s, but of all country music. “Lost And Found” was released to radio as B&D’s fifth single from their debut album and first to feature Kix Brooks as the lead vocalist instead of Ronnie Dunn. Fans may not have been ready for the change in sound, as “Lost And Found” peaked at #6 on the Hot Country Songs chart, being their first single released that did not make it to the #1 spot.
329. Joe Diffie – So Help Me Girl
Album: Third Rock From The Sun
“Third Rock From The Sun” was the first Joe Diffie album that I owned. I absolutely loved the title track, which was my main focus, but I can very easily recall the nights that I would play the CD while I laid in bed at night. I wasn’t huge into love songs at the time, being a 5th grader, but I remember (quietly) singing along to this track while I was supposed to be asleep. Ha!
328. Michael Peterson – From Here To Eternity
Album: Michael Peterson
Another major love song of the 90’s, Michael Peterson’s “From Here To Eternity” has become a bit of a wedding staple. Peterson’s second single would take him to the top of the charts, scoring him his only #1 hit on the Hot Country Songs charts.
327. Tim McGraw – Not A Moment Too Soon
Album: Not A Moment Too Soon
Here’s a bit of trivia you: Outside of the singles Tim McGraw’s mostly unsuccessful debut album in 1991, McGraw did’t release a single to radio that wouldn’t reach the Top 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the rest of the decade! “Not A Moment Too Soon” would become Tim’s second #1 hit after “Don’t Take The Girl.” We have a LOT more Tim McGraw to come!
326. Shania Twain – Come On Over
Album: Come On Over
Oh Shania. “Come On Over” which is the title track of the highest selling country album of all time and also, the highest selling album by a woman in ANY genre, ever! This was Twain’s eighth of twelve singles from the album. (All but 4 songs made it to radio!!!) “Come On Over” would be Shania’s overall fifteenth Top 20 single and final song released to radio in the 90’s.
325. Billy Ray Cyrus – Could’ve Been Me
Album: Some Gave All
I have very clear memories that include sitting on my grandma’s bed and listening to Billy Ray’s “Some Gave All” on cassette in a Sony Walkman. Man, did I love it. It’s songs like this, that lead me to question whether Cyrus would’ve been better off without “Achy Breaky Heart” or if the success he found never would’ve come without it. If you aren’t familiar, give the song a legitimate listen. It’s worth it.
324. Dixie Chicks – Ready To Run
With only a year and a half between the release of their album “Wide Open Spaces,” Dixie Chicks exploded onto the scene again with “Fly.” “Ready To Run” would be released to radio as the first single and would later take the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo or Group. “ready” would peak at #2 on the Hot Country Songs Chart.
323. George Strait – You Can’t Make A Heart Love Somebody
Album: Lead On
What a heartbreaking song this is. I couldn’t even imagine being so in love with someone only to have them decline your marriage proposal. I know it happens all of the time, but just hearing George sing about it, makes it even worse. By no surprise to anyone, George took this song to #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
322. Tracy Lawrence – Better Man, Better Off
Album: The Coast Is Clear
I’ll say it right here: The fact that Tracy Lawrence hasn’t been able to find commercial success on country radio since 2006’s “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” is an absolute SHAM. Tracy’s 18th single peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The music video was his first to feature Tracy with no mustache or long hair. Very different look than what we were used to at the time!
321. John Michael Montgomery – Rope The Moon
Album: Kickin’ It Up
If one were to hear this song, without seeing the video, it could very easily be taken as a love song to a woman. However, Montgomery requested that the official music video show that this song is in reference to the relationship between a man and his daughter. “Rope The Moon” reached #4 on the Hot Country Songs chart, following his huge hit “I Swear”.
I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s list just as much or more than our previous entries! We are quickly heading towards the half-way point! Please feel free to share our blog with not only your friends and other country lovers, but also the artists that we have included! I’m sure it never hurts to hear that someone is writing about your music!
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