Only 200 songs to go! I’m very excited to start getting into some really REALLY good stuff on the countdown from here on out! Don’t be surprised if you start seeing artists pop up more than once per week on the countdown lists as it begins harder and harder to keep them spread apart!
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BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs Of The 90’s!!!
200. Randy Travis – King Of The Road
Album: Traveller (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Most will recall that “King Of The Road” was originally written and recorded by country music legend, Roger Miller, back in 1965. Many artists have recorded their own versions of this “hobo anthem,” including Dean Martin, Reverend Horton Heat, The Proclaimers and heck even Alvin & the Chipmunks, among many many others. The one that sticks out the most in my mind, however, is the one and only, Randy Travis. The song didn’t fare well for Travis on the charts, being released as part of a movie soundtrack, peaking at #51.
199. Alabama – Jukebox In My Mind
Album: Pass It On Down
Coming out of an INSANELY successful run in the 1980’s with 27 #1 hit singles throughout the decade (Out of 29 singles released!), the Alabama boys heading into the 90’s with no plans to slow down. Their first single of the new decade, “Pass It On Down” stopped at #3, which is nothing to shake a stick at, but they were back at their #1 ways when the next single, “Jukebox In My Mind” hit airwaves in mid-1990.
198. Mary Chapin Carpenter – Down At The Twist And Shout
Album: Shooting Straight In The Dark
If this song doesn’t make you want to dance right off of the bat, then you might be dead. I have never been down to New Orleans myself, but just this song in itself leaves me with very high expectations! What a song for Mary Chapin Carpenter’s career! This 1991 single reached the #2 spot on the Billboard country charts, won Carpenter a Grammy award for Best Country Vocal Performance: Female and to top it off, she was invited to perform at the NFL’s Super Bowl XXXI!
197. Lee Ann Womack – (Now You See Me) Now You Don’t
Album: Some Things I Know
This is where I would like to brag a little bit… At the end of September 2015, I get to see Womack perform live from the front row! Keep an eye out for that article! Lee Ann Womack’s first single of 1999 is still one of her strongest singles to this day. The song peaked at #12 on the country charts, however, Womack reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 (overall genres) chart!
196. Tracy Byrd – (Don’t Take Her) She’s All I Got
Album: Big Love
Here’s another (but not the last) song that was originally released by another artist prior to the singer being profiled on our countdown list. First recorded by Freddie North and then more famously by country legend Johnny Paycheck, “(Don’t Take Her) She’s All I Got,” was one of the songs that really got me into Tracy Byrd in my younger years. I may be in limited company when I say this, by I strongly believe that Byrd’s version is the best! Tracy Byrd took the song to #4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 1997. (Paycheck reached #2 in the early 70’s).
195. Jeff Carson – Holdin’ On To Somethin’
Album: Jeff Carson
Jeff Carson made his final venture into the Top 40 Country charts with “Holdin’ On To Somethin'” in 1996. Carson would continue releasing singles to radio throughout the decade, including a cover of Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses,” but without the previously found radio success. John Michael Montgomery also recorded “Holdin’ On To Somethin'” for his 1995 self-titled album.
194. Chris LeDoux – Cadillac Ranch
Album: Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy
What do you do when the family farm is losing money and the bank man says he is coming to take the whole thing away? Start up a family band, have Mama take tickets at the door, set Sister up as the bartender and call that barnyard the “Cadillac Ranch”! While this song fared a lot better than most of LeDoux’s chart runs, peaking at #18, I will never understand how this man never truly exploded into the mainstream. If you aren’t quite familiar with his work, purchase LeDoux’s “Ultimate” hits package (Available below!) and don’t look back. 100% worth every penny!
193. John Anderson – Money In The Bank
Album: Solid Ground
I cannot comment enough times on how unique John Anderson’s vocals are in comparison to anyone else in country music. “Money In The Bank” would become Anderson’s second chart topping single in the 90’s following a handful of #1’s in the early 80’s. You absolutely must check out Anderson’s latest album, “Goldmine,” which was released around mid-2015.
192. Garth Brooks – To Make You Feel My Love
Album: Hope Floats: Music From The Motion Picture
Like the Randy Travis cover of “King Of The Road” above, “To Make You Feel My Love” has been recorded and released to radio by a number of artists. Originally penned by Bob Dylan, Billy Joel was actually the first artist to release a version of the song to radio. Garth followed suit when he released the song as a single via the soundtrack to the Sandra Bullock starring film, Hope Floats. Brooks would take the song to #1 on the country charts and #8 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. Artists such as Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood, Neil Diamond and of course, Dylan himself, would all take their turn with the song down the road.
191. Clay Walker – Who Needs You Baby
Album: Hypnotize The Moon
We have been all over the decade with this week’s countdown! Smack dab in the middle of the 90’s, Clay Walker released “Who Needs You Baby” from his third studio album, Hypnotize The Moon. The single reached #2 on the country charts, while the music video (below) reached the #1 spot on CMT’s music video countdown. Here’s some interesting trivia: Walker performed the song at the Cotton Bowl in 1995 along with the 350 member marching band of University of Texas! I would love to hear what that sounded like!
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