We’ve made it to the halfway point of our 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s countdown! This week, Mark Chesnutt, Toby Keith, John Berry and more, are featured!
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BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s!!!
250. Clint Black – Summer’s Comin’
Album: One Emotion
Kicking off the second half of our 505 song countdown, Clint Black’s ninth overall #1 single and summer anthem of the 90’s, “Summer’s Comin’.” What a goofy music video that came along with this one! Famous entertainers dressed as women, Howie Mandel, David Hasselhoff and an odd little cameo at the end for those of you who loved the sitcom “Blossom” in the early to mid-90’s. I wish I could have found a clip with better video quality to share!
249. John Berry – She’s Taken A Shine
As I started researching and writing for this week’s countdown entry, our friend John Berry had just met his fundraising goal on Kickstarter for his next album! We can’t wait to hear his new work! “Shine” was released as the second single from Berry’s album “Faces” and would climb all the way up to the #2 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart!
248. Boy Howdy – They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore
Album: She’d Give Anything E.P.
If you were caught off guard last week when we dropped Yankee Grey on you, this one is even MORE obscure! When gathering the songs for this list, I only had a very select few that really surprised me due to not hearing them for at least a decade, and this was one of the biggest! Boy Howdy produced a handful of chart climbers through the mid-90’s, but other than “She’d Give Anything,” THIS is the only major hit. “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore,” reached #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 1994. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on this one!
247. The Mavericks – What A Crying Shame
Album: What A Crying Shame
I know we have some huge fans of Raul Malo and The Mavericks out there! I always say that Ronnie Dunn has the strongest male vocals in country music, but dang, if Raul isn’t a VERY close second, I don’t know who else could be! This is the first song that I really remember hearing from The Mavericks. It’s mind blowing to think that these guys have yet to crack the Billboard Country Top 10, despite their popularity and talent. “Crying Shame” peaked at #25.
246. Clay Walker – Live Until I Die
Album: Clay Walker
What a fantastic message this song provides! Sure, things get tough in life, but we can’t let the little things bug us so much! “I don’t worry about things that I Can’t change.” Why waste your time on something you can’t do anything about? Look forward to something else instead, that will have a positive affect on your life! Clay Walker wrote this song, his second #1 hit, when he was 17 years old. How cool is that?
245. Garth Brooks – The Red Strokes
Album: In Pieces
In most cases, when Garth put a single to radio in the 90’s it was a guaranteed Top 10, if not a #1 hit. However, there were a few, like this somewhat forgotten “hit,” that didn’t even crack the Top 40 country chart! I will admit that for me, it was more so the music video that I loved in my childhood than the music and lyrics of “The Red Strokes.” Strangely, this Garth single found pretty strong success in other countries, landing at #7 on the Irish Singles Chart!
244. Toby Keith – Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You
Album: Blue Moon
In 1996, Toby Keith released his third album, “Blue Moon.” The first single to hit radio, “Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You”would begin a long string of what I refer to as “slow” songs, put to radio by Keith, running all the way until “Dream Walkin'” in 1998. “Blue Moon” charted at #2, which also began a streak of Top 10 hits for Keith for another year and a half.
243. George Strait – Carried Away
Album: Blue Clear Sky
“Blue Clear Sky” is the first George Strait album that I can remember owning. I actually have very clear memories of listening to the album and singing along with “Carried Away” on my Sony Discman while on the riding mower, attempting to keep the player from skipping throughout the bumpy backyard! “Carried Away,” being a 90’s George Strait single, of course hit the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart.
242. Alan Jackson – (Who Says) You Can’t Have It All
Album: A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ’bout Love)
My mom had the “A Lot About Livin'” cassette in her car when I was very young, and while I don’t recall listening to this song so much (Hey, it wasn’t Chattahoochee, ha!), I’m sure it was engraved into my memory due to my playing the tape over and over. “(Who Says)” was Jackson’s 14th consecutive Top 10 hit in the 90’s, peaking at #4 on the Hot Country Chart.
241. Mark Chesnutt – Gonna Get A Life
Album: What A Way To Live
Co-written by bluegrass giant, Jim Lauderdale, “Gonna Get A Life” became Mark Chesnutt’s sixth #1 single in May of 1995. If you aren’t following Chesnutt on Facebook, he consistently shares some of the coolest pictures from his collection, taken throughout the 90’s. An absolute must see!
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