Our 505 Favorite Country Songs Of The 90’s Countdown continues are we reveal hits #271-280. This week, we spotlight Dwight Yoakam, Pam Tillis, Tracy Byrd and more!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs Of The 90’s!!!
280. Faith Hill – Take Me As I Am
Album: Take Me As I Am
After her first two singles reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, Faith Hill’s third radio song, “But I Will” failed to reach the Top 40 song the same list. In many cases, this could easily wipe out a singer’s career. However, it turned out to be just a fluke, as Hill would release the title track of her debut album and “Take Me As I Am” would bring success again as when it hit #2 on the charts!
279. Alan Jackson – I’ll Go On Loving You
Album: High Mileage
This song is an odd one when it comes to country music radio, as the majority of the track is spoken word. While the single received some negative criticism upon it’s debut, Jackson took “I’ll Go On Loving You” to #3 on the Hot Country Songs chart. I’ve always found it to be a pretty beautiful song, myself!
278. Joe Diffie – Home
Album: A Thousand Winding Roads
Coming into the 90’s, there were three major country charts, including The Gavin Report, Radio & Records and of course Billboard. Joe Diffie’s single “Home,” was the first country debut to top all three charts! This of course would not be Diffie’s only trip to the top of the charts as “Home” was the first of seven #1’s throughout his career.
277. BlackHawk – Almost A Memory Now
Album: Strong Enough
Just a week prior to writing this entry in our countdown, I saw BlackHawk perform live at a country music festival. I didn’t know what kind of crowd they would draw to the secondary stage, especially considering that modern country star, Cole Swindell was on the main stage at the same time. I was very excited to find that fans packed the staging area and thy were surprisingly, quite a young crowd! Nearly everyone up front where I was sang along to every song, including this #11 hit!.
276. Dixie Chicks – There’s Your Trouble
Album: Wide Open Spaces
There is no questioning the success of Dixie Chicks and their first album, “Wide Open Spaces.” This being the fourth song from the album making our list, you can be assured that the fifth of 5 singles will also be represented on the countdown as well. “There’s Your Trouble” became the first #1 hit by Dixie Chicks. The Chicks would also take home a Grammy for the song in the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group category in 1999.
275. Pam Tillis – Cleopatra, Queen Of Denial
Album: Homeward Looking Angel
Man, is Pam Tillis awesome, or what? Tillis took 21 singles to the Billboard Hot Country Songs top 40 throughout the 90’s. “Cleopatra” reached #11, though I think it to be one of her best. As a kid, however, whenever I heard this song I actually thought that the song was about the queen of the Nile. So I was in 3rd grade, what do ya want from me?! Don’t worry, I get it now!
274. Jeff Carson – The Car
Album: Jeff Carson
Presently a police officer in Franklin, Tennessee, Jeff Carson scored a number of Top 10 hits during the 90s. “The Car” reached #3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 1995. Any list including songs about father/son relationships MUST include this hit.
273. Tracy Byrd – The First Step
Album: No Ordinary Man
Looking for a great country dance song? Here it is! Though Tracy Byrd reached #1 with “Holdin’ Heaven” from his debut album, it wasn’t until his sophomore record, “No Ordinary Man” was released that he started seeing success on much more consistent basis. Of five singles released from the album, “The First Step” was the lowest charting hit at #5 on the Hot Country Charts.
272. Bryan White – Love Is The Right Place
Album: The Right Place
After a long string of successful singles on country radio through the mid 90’s, including four #1 hits, Bryan White would pick-up his final Top 10 of the decade (Not counting “From This Moment,” with Shania Twain), with “Love Is The Right Place.” White is still recording to this day, releasing his most recent full length album, “Shine,” in 2014.
271. Dwight Yoakam – Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Lose
Album: If There Was A Way
I know everybody is ready for some more Dwight Yoakam in our 90’s countdown! Dwight started the decade off with “Turn It On” taking the single to #11 on Billboard’s Hot Country Song chart. Dwight would reach the Top 40 fourteen times in the 90’s. It still blows my mind that Dwight would not hit the #1 spot again after claiming two chart toppers in the mid-80’s.
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