We are nineteen weeks into our 90’s countdown and we are moving along strongly! This week, 90’s country favorite by John Michael Montgomery, Alabama, Clay Walker and more are featured! Tell us which song is your favorite from this week’s list!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s!!!
300. Alabama – She Ain’t Your Ordinary Girl
Album: In Pictures
We haven’t heard from Alabama in quite awhile here on our countdown! While I always believed that this didn’t “feel” like an Alabama song, I still always enjoyed singing along when it was on the radio. Then again, Randy Owens has an unmistakable voice and pretty anything he puts his vocal talents to, sounds fine to me. The first single from Alabama’s “In Pictures” album, peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
299. Jo Dee Messina – Bye, Bye
Album: I’m Alright
Jo Dee found her first #1 hit with “Bye, Bye” in 1998. The success of this hit and “I’m Alright” combined legitimately saved Messina from losing her home and car due to bankruptcy. If that isn’t inspiration for an artist to find radio success, I don’t know what would! Country songwriter Phil Vassar co-wrote “Bye, Bye.”
298. John Michael Montgomery – I Can Love You Like That
Album: John Michael Montgomery
I sure loved Montgomery’s self-titled album. Without a doubt, I’d say that it’s the best album that “JMM” released throughout his career to date! If you don’t have it, get it! Here is an example of a song being released by two different artists in two different genres around the same time. As previously, with “I Swear,” R&B group, All-4-One released a cover of Montgomery’s hit near the end of 1995.
297. Diamond Rio – How Your Love Makes Me Feel
Album: Greatest Hits
“How Your Love Makes Me Feel” is a perfect example of a song that I absolutely loved during it’s radio run, but somehow almost forgot to include in our countdown! This was the first single released from Diamond Rio’s original Great Hits collection. It would go on to #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart and stay there for three consecutive weeks, becoming the band’s longest running stay at the top of the chart.
296. Alan Jackson – Everything I Love
Album: Everything I Love
What a heartbreaking song. Just imagine being in the position in which the one you love and the damage they do to you being compared to the health risks in smoking and drinking. Oof. “Everything I Love” peaked #9 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
295. Clay Walker – Only On Days That End In “Y”
Album: Hypnotize The Moon
I thought that I was so witty for getting the “joke” in this song when I first heard it on country radio back in 6th grade. It was also at this point that I discovered that Clay Walker could do no wrong when it came to country radio hits. “Y” reached #5 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 1996.
294. Mindy McCready – Ten Thousand Angels
Album: Ten Thousand Angels
“Ten Thousand Angels” was the debut single from Mindy McCready in 1996. While not McCready’s most successful song on the Hot Country Songs chart, this is the hit that I most identify with Mindy. “Angels” was one of three Top 10 hits throughout McCready’s short career, peaking near the top at #6.
293. Tim McGraw – Everywhere
Believe it or not, this may be the most controversial song in McGraw’s catalogue. in 2007, ten years after it’s release, a James Martinez filed a lawsuit in which he found that “Everywhere” was questionably similar to a song he had submitted to the songwriters years before. Eight years later, the court case continues in the federal district court of Nashville, TN. “Everywhere” reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
292. Tracy Byrd – Love Lessons
Album: Love Lessons
Like Clay Walker above, Tracy Byrd was another artist that I believed could do absolutely no wrong on country radio. Coincidentally, Byrd still nears the top of my concert “bucket list.” He’ll come around, one day! There is still plenty of Tracy Byrd hits to come in our countdown list! “Love Lessons” peaked at #9 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
291. Sammy Kershaw – Cadillac Style
Album: Don’t Go Near The Water
If you had to put together a list of country artists who are still recording and performing with a classic country style, Sammy Kershaw has to be included. From his debut single, “Cadillac Style,” to his latest album “I Won’t Back Down,” Kershaw has never veered far from the classic sounds. If Sammy comes to your town, do not miss out. He can put on a heck of a performance, to this day.
That brings in another week on our 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s countdown! While the songs aren’t really in a strict order based on quality, I have saved the best of the best for the end of our list. The closer we get to the top, the bigger the hits will be!
What songs do you like in the countdown this week? Perhaps some songs you don’t care for so much? Let us know below! Please tell us about your 90’s country music memories! As always, feel free to share iwasBORNcountry.com with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest (Please!), and any other social media you use! As we continue to grow, the better content we can offer!
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