Our 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s Countdown rolls on as we look at songs #161-170! Artists this week include: Alabama, George Strait, Clint Black and more!
170. Tim McGraw – All I Want Is A Life
Album: All I Want
Tim McGraw released his third studio album, “All I Want” in 1995. If he were to top “not A Moment Too Soon” he had left himself with very large shoes to fill. Following his huge hit, and first single from the album, “I Like It, I Love It” and “Can’t Be Really Gone,” McGraw put the album’s title track to radio, in “All I Want Is A Life.” This sometimes seemingly forgotten track is one of my McGraw favorites. The song peaked at #5 on the country charts, but McGraw would climb back to the top with his next single “She Never Lets It Go To Her Heart.”
169. John Michael Montgomery – Cowboy Love
Album: John Michael Montgomery
I know I’ve said it before, but John Michael Montgomery’s self-titled album is easily the best in his career and heck, hands down one of the best country albums of the 90’s. Though a much more successful song from the album will be featured a bit later on in our countdown, “Cowboy Love” kicks off the album at track number one, was perfectly placed, in my opinion! What a way to kick off a strong country music record! “Cowboy Love” peaked at #4 on the country charts.
168. Alabama – Give Me One More Shot
Album: Greatest Hits Vol. III
Think about this: A band that is still performing and just released a new studio album here in 2015, released their THIRD greatest hits album back in 1995. No one reading this blog needs to be informed in the stardom and success that is Alabama, but that is truly incredible. Alabama released to previously unheard songs to radio from this collection. The first being “We Can’t Love Like This Anymore,” followed by “Give Me One More Shot,” which reached the #3 spot on the country music charts in 1995.
167. Montgomery Gentry – Hillbilly Shoes
Album: Tattoos & Scars
I recall picking up the debut Montgomery Gentry album back in the early 2000’s without realizing who they were, from a used record store. I remember that the disc was priced fairly low and it was a country album, so “why not?” Once I slid the disc into the CD player slot, “Hillbilly Shoes” tuned up and I knew immediately what I had scored! Though Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery have had more successful singles since, their debut song will likely always stick to the top of my MG list. “Hillbilly Shoes” peaked at #13 on the country charts.
166. Diamond Rio – Unbelievable
Diamond Rio has always been a fun band to listen to. Sure, they have a load of fantastic country love songs, but they know when and how to include a little humor and playfulness in the mix. “Unbelievable,” which served as the title track to their fifth studio album, would be the band’s twenty-first single released to radio. The song would also be their twentieth single to reach the Top 20 country songs chart, at #2. Not stopping there, of course, Diamond Rio made their first ever appearance on Billboard’s Hot 100 (Overall) chart at #36, a chart that they would visit again in the early 2000’s.
165. George Strait – The Big One
Album: Lead On
Well, it’s been two weeks since “King George” made an appearance on our list, so here’s another Strait hit! The lead-off single from Strait’s fifteenth studio album, “Lead On,” was most certainly a “Big One!” Strait’s twenty-sixth #1 single reached the top of the country music charts in December of 1994.
164. Garth Brooks – Two Of A Kind, Workin’ On A Full House
Album: No Fences
One of my favorite trends in country music, from the very beginning, is the continued use of word play in the lyrics. For those new to Garth Brooks (Hahahaha), no, this song is not about playing cards. This honky-tonk hit would become Garth’s fifth consecutive #1 hit on the country music charts in April of 1991. “Two Of A Kind” continues to be one of the biggest songs in Garth’s live show. The song was originally written and recorded by Dennis Robbins, who reached #71 on the charts in the late 80’s.
163. Clint Black – One Emotion
Album: One Emotion
When “One Emotion” sits at #163 on our list, you know that I have had a heck of a hard time picking Clint Black tracks for our Top 100 songs! Black reached the #2 spot on the U.S. Country charts, but hit the top spot on the Canadian chart. Also, in 1994, Clint Black made his big screen film debut in the must-see Richard Donner film, Maverick, starring Mel Gibson.
162. Billy Ray Cyrus – Wher’m I Gonna Live
Album: Some Gave All
Here is a song that I truly wish would’ve had a better chart performance. Billy Ray’s third single, “Wher’m I Gonna Live?” is such a fantastic COUNTRY song. Only reaching #23 on the charts, I feel like this single deserved so much more. Of course, nothing would ever out shine “Achy Breaky Heart” in Cyrus’s career, but had that song never come to be, I think this could’ve been one of Billy Ray’s biggest hits.
161. Mary Chapin Carpenter – Shut Up And Kiss Me
Album: Stones In The Road
Twenty-six years ago, five country artists made their major label debuts and were dubbed “The Class Of ’89.” Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson and three artists included in this week’s list, Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Mary Chapin Carpenter arrived on the scene. While the “Hat acts” in Black, Brooks and Jackson continued the honky-tonk sound and Tritt encompassed the “rocking’ country” sound, Chapin’s sound ranged from country, to folk, and beyond. Chapin would chart sixteen Top 20 songs throughout the 90’s, including eight Top 10’s and “Shut Up And Kiss Me” which reached the #1 spot in November of 1994, also netting Chapin a Grammy Award for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance.”
That’s it for this week, folks! Keep an eye out for a possible 5 song special weekend edition of our countdown this Saturday! We’re just as excited as you to get to the Top 100 on our list, so we want to get this thing moving on a bit faster! As always, we hope you enjoyed this week’s songs! Make sure to vote for your favorite in the poll below!