We are 25 weeks into the countdown! It’s getting harder and harder to pick songs each week, as I find myself continuously wanting to save something for when we get closer to the list’s end! There is definitely some great stuff in this week’s edition, so I hope you enjoy everything, maybe jog a few memories up and I’ll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts either below or on social media!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s!!!
240. Ty Herndon – Steam
Ty Herndon was all over the charts from the mid to late 90’s charting three #1’s, all the way up to #63 and many spaces in between. “Steam,” which would be his final single of the 90’s peaked at #18 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Herndon would continue to release singles throughout the 2000’s but saw little chart success.
239. Bryan White – I’m Not Supposed To Love You Anymore
Album: Between Now And Forever
What a heartbreaking song. Between 1995’s “Someone Else’s Star” and 1997’s “Sittin’ On Go,” Bryan White released a steady string of four #1 hits, 2 #4 hits and 1 #15. That’s a heck of a run for seven songs! “Anymore” was a #4 Hot Country Songs hit in 1996.
238. Patty Loveless – You Can Feel Bad
Album: The Trouble With The Truth
IN 1996, when “The Trouble With The Truth” was released, I had been a member in either the Columbia House Record Club or BMG. I had forgotten to send in the slip to “decline” the monthly selection. The new Patty Loveless CD arrived in my mailbox and in my wanting to grow my collection, I decided that I would keep the disc despite my not recognizing any of the tracks. As it would turn out, I very much enjoyed the entire album (not so much the inflated $20 I probably paid for it, ha!) and knew that I had to dig deeper into the Patty Loveless catalogue. “You Can Feel Bad” reached the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart.
237. Tracy Lawrence – Sticks And Stones
Album: Sticks And Stones
Whether good or bad, it seems to never hurt to have a little press when you have a song, or in this case, your debut song, heading to radio. However, I don’t believe taking gunshots to the knee and pelvic area while protecting his girlfriend is what Tracy Lawrence or his record label had in mind! Yikes! I haven’t done the research, but I can’t imagine that there are any other country superstars from the last 25 years who have been shot four times during their music career! Needless to say, on top of Lawrence’s talent, his heroism took his debut single to #1 in January of 1992.
236. Alan Jackson – I’ll Try
Album: The Greatest Hits Collection
The first collection of hits by Alan Jackson released in the fall of 1995. Two new songs were included along with his first 18 radio singles. The first of which, a cover of the George Jones hit, “Tall, Tall Trees.” Later in 1996, “I’ll Try” would hit radio and as the majority of Jackson’s early 90’s singles did, reached the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart.
235. Rick Trevino – Running Out Of Reasons To Run
Album: Learning As You Go
Rick Trevino would take “Running Out Of Reasons To Run to the #1 spot, being his first and only time topping the chart. While I do love this track, Trevino had released a few singles prior that I believe to be even better. Perhaps that means that you can count on seeing Trevino pop up a few more times as our countdown moves on? Most definitely!
234. Kenny Chesney – You Had Me From Hello
Album: Everywhere We Go
Though he released a few albums prior, “Everywhere We Go” was most first exposure to Kenny Chesney. “Hello” wasn’t my favorite single from the album, but I immediately took to the song, because I was a big fan of the 1996 film, Jerry MaGuire. Chesney was inspired by the famous movie quote and co-wrote the song with Skip Ewing. Oddly enough, Chesney would briefly marry Rene Zellwegger, in 2005.
233. Tim McGraw – Just To See You Smile
Tim McGraw set a new record with the third single from his album, “Everywhere.” #1 Hit, “Just To See You Smile” would spend 42 weeks on Billboard’s Country chart, six of those weeks being at the top. At the time, this would be the longest chart run any country song during the entire decade!
232. Clay Walker – What’s It To You
Album: Clay Walker
Clay Walker’s debut single paved the way for the success that he would find throughout the rest of the decade. Touring with major acts like George Strait and Garth Brooks, Walker was exposed to a wide audience fairly early on. Though he was still new to the scene, Walker found that he was starting to pick up a lot of momentum in the live shows with the country mega stars, leading “What’s It To You” to hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Not a bad start!
231. Deana Carter – We Danced Anyway
Album: Did I Shave My Legs For This?
Was this album huge in the late 90’s, or what?! Not only did Deana Carter make a huge splash in the country music world with her debut album, but “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” also reached #10 on Billboard’s 1996 Top 200 albums list, covering ALL genres! That is a massive debut, if you ask me! “We Danced Anyway” would be Deana’s second single AND second #1 hit from her debut album.
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