We are nearing the Top 100 very quickly! This week’s edition marks the first appearance of TWO bands on our list! We also have a few tear jerkers and a couple country dance favorites! Make sure you vote in our poll to let us know which song YOU love the most this week!
115. Garth Brooks – Unanswered Prayers
Album: No Fences
I might take a little flack for this one not making the Top 100, as it is easily one of Garth’s biggest hits. In the liner notes of “The Hits,” Brooks says, of “Unanswered Prayers”: “happiness isn’t getting what you want, it is wanting what you’ve got.” I can get behind that. This would be Garth’s fourth #1 hit.
114. Martina McBride – My Baby Loves Me
Album: The Way That I Am
McBride’s first major hit single, had been recorded and released to Canadian country radio by Patricia Conroy a little over a year prior. Martina reached the #2 spot on the U.S. Country charts, being blocked from the #1 spot by Garth’s “American Honky Tonk Bar Association.”
113. Alan Jackson – Mercury Blues
Album: A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love)
Like Martina’s song above, “Mercury Blues” is also a cover song. However, this one was originally titled “Mercury Boogie” and was first recorded way back in 1948. Many artists have recorded the song, including Meat Loaf, Steve Miller Band and Dwight Yoakam. Still the most popular though, Alan Jackson made the song a #2 in late ’93/early ’94.
112. Trisha Yearwood – XXX’s And OOO’s (An American Girl)
Album: Thinkin’ About You
Trisha Yearwood released what would become her second #1 single in 1994. The hit single is now the theme song to Trisha’s Food Network television series, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.
111. The Kentucky Headhunters – Dumas Walker
Album: Pickin’ On Nashville
So here’s the deal. Originally, this whole countdown was only going to contain 100 songs. While listening to a playlist of songs, “Dumas Walker” came on and the list HAD to be extended… then it happened again many more times, haha, But THIS is the one that got it going. The Kentucky Headhunters, making their first and only appearance on our list, peaked at #15 with this 1990 hit.
110. Neal McCoy – Wink
Album: No Doubt About It
In a recent poll, a LOT of people voted “Wink” as their favorite Neal McCoy song. Of course, I love this song, but I feel like he has had many more songs that top this one. We’ll be seeing a lot more of Neal throughout the Top 100! Neal McCoy was awarded for “Wink,” when it was named the most played song of the year in 1996.
109. Collin Raye – Love, Me
Album: All I Can Be
I hope you’ve brought your tissues along, because you might need them for this song! With one of the best voices to come out of the 90’s, Collin Raye took this incredible love song to the top of the country charts in January of 1992.
108. The Tractors – Baby Likes To Rock It
Album: The Tractors
I don’t really believe in “guilty pleasures.” You like something or you don’t. (Okay, thats a little stiff.) However, IF I did, “Baby Likes To Rock It,” would very likely qualify. I’m not going to lie; I don’t think that I know another single song from The Tractors. “Baby Likes To Rock It” peaked at the #11 spot on the country music charts in late ’94.
107. Mark Wills – Jacob’s Ladder
Album: Mark Wills
Mark Wills released his debut album in 1996 and along with it, came a fantastic single, “Jacob’s Ladder.” Sure, there are plenty of country songs about boys and girls who’s parents don’t want them together for whatever reason, but this one always really stuck out to me. Wills took this debut hit to #6 on the country music charts.
106. Confederate Railroad – Queen Of Memphis
Album: Confederate Railroad
Making their third, but not final, appearance on our countdown, the boys from Confederate Railroad! These guys are just an absolute blast. It’s amazing to me that a band with their sound only reached the Top 10 four times throughout their career. Luckily, the guys are still playing, so I’ll be sure to track down a show when the opportunity arises! “Queen Of Memphis” was Confederate Railroad’s highest peaking song, reaching the #2 spot in early ’93.
Here we are! 5 more songs this coming weekend and then we are officially into the Top 100!!! I had originally planned on this running up to New Year’s, but it looks like we will be dipping into January a little bit. I can’t wait to dive into the next feature here at BORN Country, in which YOU, the readers will be in control of what songs make or break it on the “charts”!
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