We’ve reached the halfway point in our ongoing 505 Favorite Country Songs Of the 90’s Countdown! Have some of your favorites made the list so far? Who are you looking to hear more from in the back half of our countdown? This week: Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, Lee Roy Parnell and more!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s!
260. Brooks & Dunn – Whiskey Under The Bridge
Album: Waitin’ On Sundown
“Whiskey” would be the fifth and final single released to radio from Brooks & Dunn’s third album, “Waitin’ On Sundown.” This would be only the sixth time out of fifteen singles, that did not reach the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart to this point in their career, peaking at #5. Don’t worry though, their next single would become on of the biggest hits that they would ever record!
259. Martina McBride – Wild Angels
Album: Wild Angels
In researching for this entry, I was taken by surprise by the fact that despite being a massive star in country music, Martina McBride has only topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart five times throughout her career. How is that possible?! “Wild Angels” was responsible for her very first ride to the top of the charts in 1995. She would visit the top again three more times throughout the 90’s and once more in 2001. I guess that just goes to show that the “charts” don’t mean everything!
258. Lee Roy Parnell – What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am
Album: Love Without Mercy
Prior to “What Kind Of Fool,” Lee Roy Parnell had sent four singles to country radio. None of those singles from his first album cracked the Top 40, with “The Rock” charting the highest at #50. What difference a few months can make! Seemingly out of nowhere, Parnell took the second single from his album “Love Without Mercy” all the way up to #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart! He would reach this spot two more times before the end of the decade.
257. BlackHawk – Goodbye Says It All
In late 1993, a song would hit radio that I’m sure I didn’t understand at the time, but even then, I loved the sound of this band. I didn’t get the CD until years later, as I didn’t have a stereo of my own until 1995, but the self titled album by BlackHawk is absolutely a 90’s country treasure. While the Greatest Hits release should be required country music listening, their debut album isn’t far behind! “Goodbye” peaked at #11 on the country charts, and BlackHawk would continue to have a strong run through the end of the 90’s.
256. Alan Jackson – I’d Love You All Over Again
Album: Here In The Real World
Like the majority of his most recent album, “Angels & Alcohol,” Alan Jackson is truly at his best when he writes songs on his own, in my opinion. A perfect example, Jackson’s fifth radio single, “I’d Love You All Over Again,” which was written by Jackson for his wife Denise in the late 80’s and was included on his debut album, “Here In The Real World.” This song would become Jackson’s very first #1 single on the country music charts and would start a small string of chart toppers throughout 1991.
255. Yankee Grey – All Things Considered
I think it’s songs like this that make writing these blogs every week even more fun than it already is. Yankee Grey started out in Cincinatti, OH in 1986 and didn’t get signed to their record deal until 1999. The next thing you know, they have a song peaking at #8 on the U.S. Country chart within months of signing. Unfortunately, that seemed to be where the band itself would reach it’s peak, as the following three singles would hit #15, #43 and then final wouldn’t chart at all. Very surprising, considering how much fun “All Things Considered” is to sing-a-long with!
254. John Michael Montgomery – Beer And Bones
Album: Life’s A Dance
Though still with a huge following, John Michael Montgomery’s star was so huge in the first half of the 90’s. With eighteen singles hitting the Top 10 and only 4 singles not making that mark, throughout the decade, “Beer And Bones” charted the lowest at #21. And you STILL know it! Now that’s a pretty dang good record in my book! We still have plenty Montgomery hits to come!
253. Tim McGraw (w/ Faith Hill) – It’s Your Love
In 1997, Tim McGraw released his smash hit album, “Everywhere.” The first radio single from the album featured his wife and fellow country music superstar, Faith Hill. “It’s Your Love” would not only hit #1 on the country charts, but was also awarded Billboard’s #1 Country Song of the Year in 1997. The music video features a very pregnant Faith Hill,who was carrying their first child.
252. Aaron Tippin – That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You
Album: Tool Box
As far as radio/chart success goes, Aaron Tippin’s career is about as interesting and widespread as it gets. Between having just as many songs reach the Top 10 as he had not make the Top 40, and bouncing around different areas of the charts with each single, you never could guess how an Aaron Tippin song might perform. However, I think it’s fair to make a general assumption that whatever Tippin was doing, he was doing it his way! “Close” was his second #1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart.
251. Wade Hayes – On A Good Night
Album: On A Good Night
If you are looking for some really great honky tonkin’ dance tunes, search no further than Wade Hayes. Hayes has already appeared once on our list with his #10 hit “Don’t Stop” and will also appear a little later on with his biggest hit. “On A Good Night,” though, would fit perfectly fine on any kind of country playlist, whether it be tailgating for a concert, working on the farm, or anything else in between. If you don’t remember this song or if it’s your first time hearing it, you are going to love it. Trust me! “On A Good Night” was Wade’s second highest charting single in the 90’s, coming in at #2.
There we have it! We are officially at the halfway point of our 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s countdown! Tell us how you feel about the artists and songs we have selected this week! We love to read your feedback! Are there any artists that you haven’t seen make the list yet that you are expecting? What songs have made the list that you don’t agree with? Let us know!
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