Welcome to Part XXVII of our 90’s Country Countdown! While typically posted on Sunday afternoon, we are going live this week on this lovely Monday morning! We apologize for anyone who was looking for the post yesterday, but we hope you’ll enjoy this week’s entry just the same!
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BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s!!!
220. Alan Jackson – She’s Got The Rhythm (And I’ve Got The Blues)
Album: A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ’bout Love)
Even though “She’s Got The Rhythm” would become Alan Jackson’s sixth #1 charting hit, he would still be two songs away from the song which cemented him as one of the biggest stars of all-time in country music.
219. BlackHawk – I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No
Album: Strong Enough
I have very clear memories involving my early experience with this BlackHawk hit. I had absolutely loved the first album by the guys and couldn’t wait for something new to come along. I was at my grandmother’s house watching CMT and the video for “I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No” came on. I was THRILLED! I had absolutely no idea what the song was about at the time, but I knew it was a dang good tune!
218. Brooks & Dunn – We’ll Burn That Bridge
Album: Hard Workin’ Man
The second album from Brooks & Dunn released in 1993 and like their first album, made for a string of Top 5 hits. The fourth single, “We’ll Burn That Bridge” peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Although Ronnie Dunn has some great solo stuff coming up on the horizon, I’m still anticipating that eventual B&D reunion tour!
217. Toby Keith – You Ain’t Much Fun
Now this is some great “Early Toby” country music, right here. Complaining that his wife isn’t as fun as she was when he was drinking and partying more often. If a complaint like that doesn’t register pretty high up on the “hillbilly list,” I don’t know what could! Toby Keith took this 1995 hit to #2!
216. Mark Chesnutt – It Sure Is Monday
Album: Almost Goodbye
I think just about anybody can relate to this one. Who hasn’t had a heck of a weekend, turned around and right there was Monday morning, waiting for you to head to work? As a matter of fact, this is posting on a Monday morning, and I’m dealing with a similar situation as Mr. Chesnutt is in the song! It sure IS Monday! This would be Chesnutt’s third time topping the country charts at #1.
215. Confederate Railroad – Elvis And Andy
If this song doesn’t make you want to dance, you better check that pulse of yours! What two things can come together for a more American experience than the Andy Griffith Show and Elvis Presley? That’s a pretty heavy hitter, right there! Does the actor portraying Barney Fife in the music video have Don Knotts’ physical actions down pat, or what? Confederate Railroad only hit the #20 spot with this 1994 single, but dang, is it memorable or what?!
214. Marty Stuart – Hillbilly Rock
Album: Hillbilly Rock
Marty Stuart’s “Hillbilly Rock” is one of the earliest released songs on our 90’s countdown! Can you believe this song is 25 years old?! Known for his fancy scarves, the video shows that this was prior to his taking a liking to his flowing neck decorations. It’s a shame that Stuart was never able to reach the top spot on the country charts, but a handful of Top 5 hits is definitely not something to be ashamed of! “Hillbilly Rock” peaked at #8.
213. Clay Walker -Hypnotize The Moon
Album: Hypnotize The Moon
When Clay Walker began writing and choosing songs for his third album, he wanted it to be the closest to more traditional country than he had ever been. Walker had hoped that this album would contain songs that would still be played on the radio 20 years from it’s release. With the change of direction in country music over the last few years, that sadly isn’t a very common occurrence. Hopefully, after 30 years, we may start seeing that change come?!
212. Alan Jackson – Someday
Album: Don’t Rock The Jukebox
What do you know? We get two doses of Alan Jackson this week in our countdown! Like “She’s Got The Rhythm” above, “Someday” also reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. I’ve always loved the accompanying music video for this Alan Jackson hit. More specifically, I recall thinking the video was awesome as a kid, because in the end, Alan keeps the car and cleans in up AND gets the girl. Now that, is cool.
211. Jo Dee Messina – Heads Carolina, Tails California
Album: Jo Dee Messina
Jo Dee Messina exploded onto the country music scene with this debut single in 1996. Though eventually followed by six #1 hit singles, I personally still believe this to be Jo Dee Messina’s best radio song, to date. Messina is still active in country music, having released her most recent album, titled “Me,” in 2014. “Heads Carolina” reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
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