Are you enjoying our 505 Favorite Country Songs Of the 90’s Countdown so far? We have a strong list coming to you this week, so we know you’ll enjoy this one! Artists featured include: Chris LeDoux, George Strait, Lonestar and Travis Tritt!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s!!!
290. James Bonamy – The Swing
Album: Roots & Wings
We are starting this week off with something a little more obscure than usual! James Bonamy released “The Swing” to radio in early 1997. Surprisingly, it didn’t fare too well, as it peaked at #31 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Bonny has not recorded since 1997, and has seemingly left the country music scene behind.
289. Garth Brooks – The River
Album: Ropin’ The Wind
Garth’s fifth single from one of his most iconic albums, “The River” was the ninth single to reach the top spot on the Hot Country Songs chart. This is another song that I clearly recall singing along with in bed quietly at night. Certainly, I didn’t catch the deeper meanings of the hit, but I just loved the way it sounded!
288. Radney Foster – Nobody Wins
Album: Del Rio Texas, 1959
Another somewhat obscure 90’s hit on our list comes from Radney Foster. While the majority of Foster’s music success has come from songwriting, he reached Billboard’s country Top 40 four times as a solo artist in the early part of the decade. “Nobody Wins” was his only major hit, peaking at #2, while another single, “Just Call Me Lonesome reached #10.
287. Travis Tritt – Help Me Hold On
Album: Country Club
Travis Tritt rocked into the 90’s riding on the success of his debut single, “Country Club,” that was released in 1989. The follow-up single, “Help Me Hold On,” released in February of 1990. This would become Tritt’s first #1 hit single, which would be followed by many more throughout the decade.
286. George Strait – You Know Me Better Than That
Album: Chill Of An Early Fall
This George Strait classic could very easily be misinterpreted. At first listen, it’s almost as if Strait sings in an almost bragging manner, when in turn, he is turning to an ex-lover and confiding in her that he isn’t at all what his current lover believes him to be. He fears that eventually, although the current woman clearly adores him, that he will be uncovered as a fraud, despite the fact that he isn’t happy to begin with. What a sad situation!
285. Tracy Lawrence – Alibis
In 1993, Tracy Lawrence reached the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs list for the second time, in his still young career. This is another truly sad song, in which the lead loves a woman and would be absolutely devastated if (when) she leaves him, however, he can’t stop making excuses (“alibis”) for every time he messes up. The lack of self-control is a very dangerous thing.
284. Confederate Railroad – Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind
Making their first appearance on our 90’s countdown, Confederate Railroad! When I was much younger, I constantly confused this song with Sammy Kershaw’s “Cadillac Style.” They are very different songs, but hey, I was a kid! This was the band’s last Top 10 song in the U.S., despite having multiple semi-popular singles later on. While this is Confederate Railroad’s first appearance, you’ll be hearing a few more from them as we move on!
283. Lonestar – Tequila Talkin’
In 1995, a new band was on the country music horizon as Lonestar debuted with their first single, “Tequila Talkin’.” Man, did I love their first album! While the band’s sound seemed to change quite a bit beyond their debut record, this, among a few other radio singles made the album a huge hit. Much further success would come a little later down the road…
282. Gary Allan – It Would Be You
Album: It Would Be You
In all honesty, I don’t really remember hearing this or any other Gary Allan songs on the radio all of that much in the late 90’s. Sure, I think he is an incredible artist, but this song simply made the list because I love it NOW. To this day, Allan is one of those somewhat “dark horse” artists who don’t seem to receive a lot of radio support, but continues to crank out strong country hits every year or so. Though most of Gary’s radio success came in the 2000’s, we will still see him a few more times on our 90’s countdown. Can’t wait!
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281. Chris LeDoux – Five Dollar Fine
Enough of all of those sad songs this week! Though failing to reach the Country Top 40, “Five Dollar Fine” is easily one of country/rodeo legend, Chris LeDoux’s most popular songs. If you frequent honky-tonks or other country themed bars/restaurants, I’ll bet you have seen a sign near the door quoting this song. Despite LeDoux having a massive following throughout his career, I will never understand how he was never able to achieve massive mainstream success. That sounds like a little bit of whining/complaining, doesn’t it? Guess I better drop a $5 bill in the tip jar. Don’t miss out on the great cameo at the video’s end!
Hope everyone enjoyed this week’s entry in our 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s countdown! We are quickly nearing the halfway point! Let us know what song was your favorite this week by commenting below. As always, don’t forget to visit us over on Facebook and “LIKE” our page! Also, if you’d like to help support us here at BORN Country, every song on this week’s list is available through our Amazon links below! If you purchase through our link, Amazon kicks back a small portion of the sale our way and ables us to make our site even better!