Here comes another set of ten 90’s country hits in our ongoing 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s Countdown! This week features Tim McGraw, Dixie Chicks, Gary Allan and more!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s!!!
230. Tim McGraw – Refried Dreams
Album: Not A Moment Too Soon
The final single from Tim McGraw’s album, “Not A Moment Too Soon,” is also one of the most enjoyable to sing-a-long with from his catalog. This album may be my favorite that Tim has yet to put together and I have a lot of very fond memories that are tied to it. “Refried Beans” reached the 35 spot on the country charts in 1995.
229. Paul Brandt – My Heart Has A History
Album: Calm Before The Storm
Paul Brandt isn’t a name that will ring too many bells with the casual listener, but his first single, “My Heart Has A History” will be recognizable to the majority of those who were listening to country radio throughout the 90’s. Despite having a strong run of #1 hits in his homeland of Canada through the decade,”My Heart” (#5) and “I Do” (#2) were his only two big hits here in the States. While no longer receiving radio play here, Brandt continues to climb the Canadian Country charts to this day. Worth looking into!
228. Garth Brooks – That Ol’ Wind
Album: Fresh Horses
When I initially started this list, I had assumed to myself that this would rank much much higher. I really do love this song on it’s own. However, when I compare this to all of the Garth songs left to come on our countdown, “That Ol’ Wind” got bumped way back! I didn’t own “Fresh Horses” when it first released, or until a while later as a matter of fact. I do, however, remember exactly where I listened to the album and this song for the first time. If that doesn’t say something about the quality, I don’t know what else could!
227. Diamond Rio – Love A Little Stronger
Album: Love A Little Stronger
In Diamond Rio’s third time to missed hitting #1 by only one spot, “Love A Little Stronger” peaked at #2 in 1994. Here’s a little trivia for our readers: This track was co-written by Billy Crittenden, member of country group 4 Runner, who charted one Country Top 40 hit with “Cain’s Blood” in 1995.
226. Billy Ray Cyrus – Words By Heart
Album: It Won’t Be The Last
It still makes me makes me laugh when people refer to Billy Ray Cyrus as a “One Hit Wonder.” Sure he’s had a very minor success rate since the 90’s outside of a duet with daughter Miley making the Top 10 in 2007, but some tend to forget the rest of his early chart climbers. On top of “Achy Breaky Heart” (His only #1), Cyrus reached the Top 10 six times between 1992 and 1998. Evening out to a Top 10 per year of his 90’s run isn’t too shabby if you ask me! While “Words By Heart” peaked at #12, it’s easily one of his best.
225. George Strait – True
Album: One Step At A Time
Can you believe that “King George” is slated to release his 29th studio album in late 2015-early 2016? How many artists can you list with a career run that spans 35+ years and still be considered one of the top stars in their genre? Not many, I’d say! “True” reached the #2 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
224. Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces
Album: Wide Open Spaces
“Wide Open Spaces” was the second of three #1 hit singles from the debut album by the same name. Though the original Dixie Chicks band formed in 1989, the addition of lead singer Natalie Maines help push the band to commercial success in the late 90’s. There continues to be teasers of a U.S. tour down the line… Will you be attending if true?
223. Chris LeDoux – Look At You Girl
Album: Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy
Now this is a beautiful, COUNTRY, love song. As with most of Chris LeDoux’s attempts at radio success, this track found little airtime or support. “Look At You Girl” peaked at #52, which outside of one more song, would unfortunately be the highest LeDoux would climb for the remainder of his career until his passing in 2005.
222. Gary Allan – Smoke Rings In The Dark
Album: Smoke Rings In The Dark
Gary Allan’s #12 charting hit, “Smoke Rings In The Dark” is one of the latest released songs on our list, hitting radio near the end of 1999. Allan reached the Top 10 mark twice prior “Smoke Rings” went to radio. Gary Allan’s five other singles throughout the 90’s failed to break the Top 40, though that would change drastically come the 2000’s. This “Alright Guy” was just getting started.
221. Montgomery Gentry – Daddy Won’t Sell The Farm
Album: Tattoos & Scars
Like Gary Allan’s “Smoke Rings In The Dark,” this was a very late addition to radio play in November of 1999. Does it count as 90’s country? Technicality, I suppose! Also similar to Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry wouldn’t truly hit their stride until the following decade, with five career #1 singles. “Daddy Won’t Sell The Farm” peaked at #17 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
We are nearing the Top 200 songs on our 90’s countdown!!! Can you feel the songs getting stronger? As good as the songs have been so far, we still have an incredible list of hits to go! Make sure you follow along on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date! Don’t forget to invite your friends to follow along as well!
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