Clint Black leads off this week’s edition of our 505 Favorite Country Songs Of the 90’s Countdown! Also featured this week: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marty Stuart, David Lee Murphy and more!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs Of The 90’s!!!
270. Clint Black – Half Way Up
Album: Greatest Hits
Just before releasing his first Greatest Hits package, Clint Black received a pretty incredible honor when he became only the fourth country music artist to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! How wild is that? Clint only followed behind Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Garth Brooks! That is some pretty impressive company! “Half Way Up” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, Black’s first single to miss the Top 5 since “One More Payment” in 1991.
269. Travis Tritt (w/Marty Stuart) – The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’
Album: It’s All About To Change
The first of three duets between Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart, otherwise known as “Double Trouble,” released to radio in 1991 to strong success, reaching #2 on the country music charts. This would of course be followed by “This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For A Long, Long Time) in 1992,” and “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best” in 1996.
268. Garth Brooks – It’s Your Song
Album: Double Live
In 1998, Garth Brooks released his first (and only, to date), live album. Double Live exploded in sales and to this day, has sold over six million copies! “It’s Your Song” was the only song sent to radio from the double album, reaching #9 on the Hot Country Songs chart. This would be Garth’s final single release in the 90’s.
267. George Strait – Carrying Your Love With Me
Album: Carrying Your Love With Me
While any George Strait album is required listening, there was a string of albums released in the 90’s that were all incredible. Blue Clear Sky, Carrying Your Love With Me and One Step At A Time may be the three strongest records of Strait’s career. In 1997, the title track to “Carrying Your Love With Me,” went to radio and became a huge smash hit. “Carrying Your Love With Me” became Strait’s 12th #1 single (of 16), throughout the 90’s.
266. Shania Twain – You’re Still The One
Album: Come On Over
This was the beginning of Shania’s crossover to pop radio. “You’re Still The One” was the third single released from Twain’s mega smash album, “Come On Over,” and reached #1 on the country charts and #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100, covering all genres. The song was also released to pop radio, along with a music video that rotated on MTV, VH1 and other channels along side of CMT.
265. Junior Brown – My Wife Thinks You’re Dead
Album: Guit With It
I feel that it’s songs like this that really set our list apart from any other 90’s country countdown. Sure, it didn’t chart in the Top 40 during it’s brief run, but it deserved to, for sure! The humorous video makes it even more entertaining. If you don’t remember this song, please give it a chance. Junior Brown is still touring today and I am hoping to catch his live show, someday! “My Wife” reached 68 on the country charts.
264. Toby Keith – Wish I Didn’t Know Now
Album: Toby Keith
How country is this? Toby Keith’s #2 hit on the country charts is about a guy who is so in love with a woman, that although he already expected it, finds out that she is cheating on him and wishes he didn’t know it be true so that he could continue being with her. “Wish I Didn’t Know Now” was released to radio just after Valentine’s Day in 1994. Coincidence? Not likely.
263. Mary Chapin Carpenter – I Feel Lucky
Album: Come On Come On
I can’t seem to find any evidence, but I seem to remember this Mary Chapin Carpenter song being connected to commercials for the Ohio Lottery more than I recall hearing it on the radio. Then again, I didn’t have my own radio yet, so my memories could be a bit foggy on that one! I do recall thinking it was awesome that Dwight Yoakam was mentioned in the song! (I didn’t know who Lyle Lovett was at the time.) “I Feel Lucky” peaked at #4 on the country charts.
262. David Lee Murphy – Party Crowd
Album: Out With A Bang
David Lee Murphy’s album, “Out With A Bang,” was one of my absolute favorite CDs while growing up on 90’s country. “Party Crowd” was a standout track and became Murphy’s first Top 10 hit, peaking at #6. I think we all know what the best song on that album was…
261. Ricochet – Daddy’s Money
Here is a prime example of mid-90’s pop country, and it is fantastic. If you were listening to country radio during the 90’s, I feel safe to guarantee that you remember every word to this one! While Ricochet’s only #1 to date, this is a case in which I think one song (although there were two more successful singles), truly made the career. Ricochet is still active today!