Welcome to this week’s edition of our weekly 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s! This entry in our countdown features mega stars of today like Kenny Chesney and iconic women of country music like Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and Faith Hill!
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340. Kenny Chesney – She Got It All
Album: I Will Stand
Believe it or not, despite growing up on country music of the 90’s, I didn’t really become “hip” to Chesney’s music until his album “Everywhere We Go” in 1999. After that, I had to have all of the music by Kenny as I could. “She Got It all is hands down a stand out of his earlier work. Personally, while I enjoyed his period of “island country” music, this is hands down the best era of Chesney’s career… so far.
339. Faith Hill – It Matters To Me
Album: It Matters To Me
I may get some backlash on this, but there was a long stretch of time when I thought that maybe Tim needed to take a break and raise the kids while Faith took a turn on the road for awhile. While Faith’s music took a turn for the “pop” radio sound in her later recordings, her first two albums were full of strong material. I’ve read comments from a handful of Faith Hill naysayers since the beginning of this countdown, but I think as we move closer to the top of the list, some may start coming around! “It Matters To Me” reached #1 on the Hot Country Song chart.
338. Toby Keith – Dream Walkin’
Album: Dream Walkin‘
While Toby had a long string of hits throughout the 90’s, I personally don’t believe he was ever able to top “Should’ve Been A Cowboy.” Once the 2000’s rolled around, I think Keith really stepped us his game and found out who he really was, which shows in his modern music. It’s always to exciting to see what 90’s gems he will throw into his live shows, though!
337. Terri Clark – Better Things To Do
Album: Terri Clark
I distinctly remember having four country music crushes while growing up in the 90’s. Terri Clark was one of them. “Better Things To Do” was Terri’s lead off single from her first album in 1995. There hasn’t been many female “Hat acts” in the last twenty years, which definitely helped Terri stand out in the country music crowd, along with her exceptional talent. Clark took her debut song to #3 on both U.S. and Canadian country music charts.
336. Alan Jackson – Right On The Money
Album: High Mileage
Well, I almost thought this week’s list would be without Alan, George or Garth, but I couldn’t help myself. “Right On The Money” was Jackson’s 16th #1 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song was co-written by Phil Vassar, who would soon sign his first recording contract in 1999. Jackson will release his 16th career album in July of 2015. Due to changes in the listening audience, Alan hasn’t had a Top 10 hit since 2009’s “Sissy’s Song,” which is an absolute travesty.
335. Trisha Yearwood – Thinkin’ About You
Album: Thinkin’ About You
For those of you who pay attention to the tabloid side of country music, you’re likely very aware of the “Saladgate” and “Tomatoes” story floating around about the internet. While the ratio of men to women on country radio has never been equal, the 90’s had many more female country stars who received airtime in comparison to today. Trisha Yearwood had a strong radio presence along with Reba, Terri Clark, Shania, Faith, LeAnn Rimes and dozen or so others throughout most of the decade. “Thinkin’ About You”was Yearwood’s third #1 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart.
334. Travis Tritt – Where Corn Don’t Grow
Album: The Restless Kind
I started this countdown as an attempt to bring more fans of today’s country music to the sounds of the 90’s that I grew up on. I had hoped that not only would I help connect them, but also spark up some old memories for those who experienced the decade as I did. As it turns out, I have been able to learn things about the music that I hadn’t known myself before the project. In this case, I had no idea that this Travis Tritt #6 hit was originally released to radio by the legendary Waylon Jennings in 1990! I find it only fitting to include both videos below.
333. Clint Black – Life Gets Away
Album: One Emotion
Man, was Clint Black a monster star in the 90’s, or what?! As I add his songs to our weekly lists, I always think “Wow, this song is really early in the list!”, only to realize that there is still so much more songs by him left to go!
332. Ricky Van Shelton – Backroads
After finding success in the 80’s, Ricky Van Shelton had a strong string of radio success in the early 90’s, charting four #1 hits, including a duet with Dolly Parton. Ricky would see his last Top 10 single come in 1992 with “Wild Man.” Ricky announced his retirement in 2006, in order to spend more time with his family. “Backroads” reached #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
331. Shenandoah -Darned If I Don’t (Danged If I Do)
Album: In The Vicinity Of The Heart
I’ve noted multiple times in our countdown, that I sorely miss country music “bands.” I understand if a solo artist has a backing band that changes it’s members on and off, but I can’t help but feel that the musicians BEHIND Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and others aren’t getting the recognition that they deserve. I’m sure they are getting paid well enough to not really worry about it, but just I thought of mine. “Darned” peaked at #4 on the Hot Country Songs chart, and would be their final career Top 10 hit.
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