We have finally arrived to the Top 100! Though we have already covered 405 great country classics from the 90’s, just wait until you see what we have for you over the next 10 weeks! This week features a few “forgotten” favorites and a few major hits!
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100. David Ball – Thinkin’ Problem
Album: Thinkin’ Problem
If this song doesn’t put a smile on your face right from the beginning, you better check that pulse! Right from the very start, the song sounds so ridiculous until you realize what David Ball is talking about. “Thinkin’ Problem” would be David Ball’s highest peaking song throughout the 90’s, a spot which he would tie in 2001 with “Riding With Private Malone.”
99. Garth Brooks – Standing Outside The Fire
Album: In Pieces
I had always assumed “Standing Outside The Fire” had been one of Garth’s biggest hits, but I was somewhat surprised to see that the song had peaked at #3 and did not reach the top of the charts. Like another song on this week’s list, this Garth hit touches on the idea that if you aren’t living your life to the fullest, you could very easily be wasting precious time. If you have a dream, you can’t be afraid to get burned by the “fire.”
98. Sammy Kershaw – Vidalia
Album: Politics, Religion And Her
Throughout the 90’s, Sammy Kershaw hit the Top 10 on the country music charts eleven times. With “Vidalia” hitting the #10 spot on the charts in 1996, Sammy would only see the top one more time by decade’s end with “Love Of My Life” in 1997. In attempting to do a little research on the name Vidalia, it would appear that the popularity for baby names saw a little peak in the mid-late 90’s… This song hit radio in 1996. Coincidence? Not likely!
97. Alan Jackson – Midnight In Montgomery
Album: Don’t Rock The Jukebox
Alan Jackson’s “Midnight In Montgomery” still gives me chills, to this day. Sure, the Hank Williams’ ghost thing had been done previously in David Allen Coe’s “The Ride,” but I will honestly say that I think Jackson’s telling of the story takes the cake. The black & white music video helps make the song even a bit creepier than it already is. “Midnight In Montgomery” climbed to the #3 spot on the country music charts.
96. Clay Walker – Dreaming With My Eyes Open
Album: Clay Walker
I feel safe saying that just about anyone out there has the goal to live life to its fullest. Sometimes we forget and take things for granted, but we have to remember to get right back on track! This Clay Walker smash hit is about doing just that! Walker had originally not wanted to even record what would become his third #1 hit. How fitting is it that he came to his senses and put together one heck of a great country song?
95. Dolly Parton & Vince Gill – I Will Always Love You
Album: Something Special
Dolly Parton wrote and recorded one of the most successful songs of all time, back in 1974. It would become a #1 country hit for Parton and is easily her biggest song to date. After Whitney Houston covered the song for the 1992 film, “The Bodyguard,” the song EXPLODED. Hitting the #1 spot on just about any eligible chart and in many different countries, Houston took Dolly Parton’s song to incredible heights. In 1995, Parton would re-release “I Will Always Love You” to radio as a duet, with Vince Gill. Perhaps being played out with Houston’s version being everywhere years prior, Dolly’s new recording peaked at #15 on the country music charts in ’95.
94. Daryle Singletary – Too Much Fun
Album: Daryle Singletary
I honestly believe that if Daryle Singletary’s “Too Much Fun” were released to country radio today, it would still become a huge hit. I don’t think that there is much that I have to say about this song, because it’s all right there in the title. “Too Much Fun” peaked at #4, being the second of three Top 5 songs in Daryle’s career.
93. Joe Diffie – Third Rock From The Sun
Album: Third Rock From The Sun
This Diffie hit was such a blast for me as a kid, growing up in the 90’s. From the first time I heard the song, the opening “Welcome to Earth, third rock from the suuun,” I was hooked immediately. It would take a few years before I could really put together all that was happening in the narrative, which would then make it even more enjoyable for me. “Third Rock From The Sun” would become Joe Diffie’s third #1 hit, reaching that mark on the country charts in September of 1994.
92. Travis Tritt – T-R-O-U-B-L-E
What kind of guts does it take to not only record a song originally released by “The King,” Elvis Presley, but to send it to radio as a country music single? Ask Travis Tritt, because whatever it is, he’s got it! Tritt turned this 1975 Elvis hit into a rockin’ honky tonkin’ 90’s hit that would peak at #13 on the country music charts. T-R-O-U-B-L-E is still a huge part of Tritt’s live show to this day.
91. Hal Ketchum – Small Town Saturday Night
Album: Past The Point Of Rescue
What a great way to start off a recording career! Hal Ketchum’s debut single, “Small Town Saturday Night” is truly a fantastic country hit out of 1991. This is a song that I feel a lot of you maybe haven’t heard in a very long time, but the second that it starts, it’ll be like you listened to it yesterday! Hal Ketchum took his first radio single to #2 on the country music charts, peaking in August of 1991.
Only nine more week’s to go in our countdown! We would love to hear your thoughts on this week’s songs in the comment section below and in the following poll! The song with the most votes come Saturday morning will be noted as the official “Song Of The Week”!