Welcome to part 31 in our ongoing 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s Countdown! As the author, I would like to remind everyone, that as I stated in the very first edition of our countdown, the song placement for the first 405 songs on our list are in a very general order. Until we hit the Top 100, every song could basically be rearranged in another spot. Sure, I’ve saved some heavy hitters as we get closer to the top, but until we hit #100, it’s all fairly relative. Enjoy this week’s songs! Don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite in the poll below!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Songs Of The 90’s!!!
180. Rhett Akins – Don’t Get Me Started
Album: Somebody New
The process of a song and it’s path to hitting the #1 spot on the charts in the 90’s in comparison to today’s charts with so much Internet influence is very apparent, right here. “Don’t Get Me Started” was Rhett Akins only #1 single throughout the decade. In comparison, Akins’ son, Thomas Rhett has reached the #1 spot 4 times in a two year period.
179. Rick Trevino – Doctor Time
Album: Rick Trevino
I used to get this Rick Trevino #5 charting hit confused with Don Everly’s (And of course Keith Whitley and Mark Chesnutt’s covers) “Brother Jukebox.” Today of course, it has grown to be one of Trevino’s greatest songs over the course of his career. “Doctor Time” was only one of Trevino’s six Top 10’s throughout the 90’s and this will certainly not be his last appearance on our countdown!
178. Brooks And Dunn – Honky Tonk Truth
Album: The Greatest Hits Collection
Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks released their first Great Hits album in 1997. To assume that I added it to my CD collection as soon as possible would be a truly safe bet! I had owned all four B&D albums prior, so I recall being thrilled that the Hits album included songs that I had yet to hear by country music’s greatest duo. “Honky Tonk Truth” was the first of the two singles to hit country music radio. It peaked at #3 on the country music charts.
177. Pam Tillis – Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
Album: Sweetheart’s Dance
“Mi Vida Loca” was my introduction to the always fantastic, Pam Tillis. Constantly played on country radio in the mid-90’s, there was just something about it that grabbed my attention. After receiving the album “Sweetheart’s Dance” via whichever mail-order CD club I was a member of at the time, “Spilled Perfume,” “In Between Dances” and other tracks really stuck with me. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that this is my favorite Pam Tillis album. “Mi Vida Loca” was the only #1 hit achieved by Pam Tillis throughout the 90’s.
176. Mark Chesnutt – It’s A Little Too Late
Album: Greatest Hits
In February of 1997, Mark Chesnutt reached the #1 spot on the country music charts for the 7th time in what would continue to be a fantastic run throughout the 90’s. Conveniently enough, “It’s A Little Too Late” would be the first of two songs released to radio from his first Greatest Hits collection. The song would be followed up by another Chesnutt favorite of mine, “Let It Rain.”
175. Sammy Kershaw – Third Rate Romance
Album: Feelin’ Good Train
Now there are a handful of songs throughout our countdown that I loved as a kid, despite my not likely understanding what the song was truly about. If this isn’t a prime example of that, I don’t know what else could be! Also, in this week’s research, I found that “Third Rate Romance” was actually a cover of a hit by 1970’s country rock band, Amazing Rhythm Aces. I had no idea! Kershaw took the song to #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
174. John Berry – Kiss Me In The Car
Album: John Berry
“Kiss Me In The Car” peaked at #22 on the country charts in 1993. This would be John Berry’s first Top 40 country hit, leading into a string of five Top 10 hits to follow. Included in those five hits, “Your Love Amazes Me,” which shot to the top of the chart the following year. “Kiss Me In The Car” has been a long time favorite sing-a-long song for me! Berry has an album of new music coming very soon! We can’t wait to get our hands (and ears) around it!
173. Reba McEntire – And Still
Album: Read My Mind
Now this song, here, is a real heartbreaker. How crushing to unexpectedly run into a past love in public, only to find that you still have deep feelings for said person? Why don’t we poor it on even thicker? You realize you are still very much in love with this person, perhaps believe that fate has turned in your favorite, bringing them back into your life and then BAM; They introduce you to their spouse. Reba did not have a hand in writing this #2 hit single, but there is no questioning her delivery of the song. Powerful stuff, right here!
172. Lonestar – No News
Here is another case in which my memories relate more so to the music video than the song itself. Back in 1996, while in sixth grade, I had a monster crush on the gal in this music video, ha! “No News” would be the first in a handful of #1 songs throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s. Keep an eye out for John Rich of Big & Rich playing bass in the video, prior to leaving the band in 1998.
171. Bryan White – Someone Else’s Star
Album: Bryan White
White’s third single and first #1 hit, “Someone Else’s Star” is a pretty sad one. Seeing everyone around you constantly getting everything that you want and wish for out of life can be quite disheartening. On the other hand, you find that the song’s narrator continues to make his wishes, despite not seeing results in his own life. I suppose that’s something to be said. White would reach the top of the country music charts three more times by decade’s end.
We are really getting down to some great stuff now! 170 more songs to come in our 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s Countdown! I hope you enjoyed this week’s list! Make sure you vote for your favorite song in the poll below! I think we MAY get an extended edition of our countdown next week with a few extra songs… we’ll see! Until then, keep it country!