BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Singles Of The 90’s!!!
415. Brooks & Dunn – I Am That Man
The second single from B&D’s fourth album was co-written by Terry McBride or McBride & The Ride. I recall finding myself so clever to be replacing “That man” with “Batman” back in ’96 when the song was released to radio… Still do. Ha! “That Man” reached #2 on the Hot Country charts.
414. Clay Walker – This Woman And This Man
Album: If I Could Make A Living
Clay Walker was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996 and has been strong supporter in raising awareness ever since. He runs his own non-profit organization as well. Beforehand, “This Woman” was his 5th #1 career single in 1995.
413. Dixie Chicks – Tonight The Heartache’s On Me
Album: Wide Open Spaces
The final single from their debut album (but not final single of the 90’s!) came in the spring of 1999. The song peaked at #6, breaking the 4 song #1 streak. It wouldn’t be too long until the Chicks would be back on top, though.
412. Suzy Boggus – Just Like The Weather
Album: Something Up My Sleeve
“Weather” was one of the most successful singles in the ongoing career of Suzy Bogguss. While never reaching #1, Suzy continues to release solid country/Americana music, latest being her album of Merle Haggard penned songs, titled “Lucky” which was partially funded on Kickstarter.
411. Junior Brown – Highway Patrol
Album: Guit With It
While never finding solid commercial success, Junior Brown has been working in music since 1960’s. Although “Highway Patrol” is Brown’s 2nd highest charting single at #75, he does carry one pretty significant distinction: How many other artists are able to make the claim that they invented their lead instrument?! Not many, as far as I can find! In 1985, Junior Brown built the “guit-steel”, a combination of electric guitar and slide guitar, as featured in the video below. Enjoy!
410. BlackHawk – There You Have It
Album: The Sky’s The Limit
Man, do I love these guys. 10 songs of 14 released in the 90’s will be be featured on this list, which I imagine goes to show how much I enjoy their music. I finally had the chance to see them perform last summer and they just happen to be playing the same festival again this year! Yes!!!
409. Garth Brooks – What She’s Doing Now
Album: Ropin’ The Wind
Written by Brooks, this song was previously recorded by country music legend, Crystal Gale as “What He’s Doing Now” in 1990. Come time for Garth’s third album, he decided to record the song for “Ropin’ The Wind”. In true early Garth fashion, “What She’s Doing Now” easily hit the #1 spot on the country music charts.
408. Jo Dee Messina – I’m Alright
Album: I’m Alright
Debuting in the back half of the 90’s, Messina put in a pretty strong showing with three #1’s and two #2’s among other charting singles within a 5 year period. “I’m Alright” was the second in her string of three consecutive #1 charting songs. The song would later be recorded by it’s writer, Phil Vassar, for his greatest hits album.
407. Kenny Chesney – All I Need To Know
Album; All I Need To Know
Who would’ve guessed that Chesney would be one of the few “rookies” of the 90’s to go on to be one of the biggest mega stars in the history of country music? Not this guy! Then again, I was in 5th grade at the time… Kenny’s second major label single peaked at #8.
406. George Strait – Lead On
Album: Lead On
How fitting that the one-hundredth song on the countdown list belong to the “King” of country music, George Strait? “Lead On” charted at #7 on the Billboard Hot Country chart in 1995. This would be the final single from the album of the same name.
405. Toby Keith – We Were In Love
Album: Dream Walkin’
The first single from Toby’s fourth album proved to be another success. Every single up to this point, excluding “Big Ol’ Truck” had hit the Top 10, and this song was no different, peaking at #2.
404. Lila McCann – With You
Album: Something In The Air
While we continue to see artists such as Toby, Kenny, and Shania who would emerge in the 90’s and grow into country mega stars, there unfortunately isn’t always room for everyone. Lila McCann found herself coming into success with a few singles throughout the late 90’s only to be dropped from multiple labels, unable to find a steady home in the music business. Lila has since began a photography business and lives in Nashville with her husband and children.
403. Tim McGraw – For A Little While
We haven’t heard from Tim McGraw on the list in awhile! Don’t worry, there is plenty more to come! “For A Little While” was co-written by Phil Vassar, which was recorded his greatest hits album in 2006. Tim McGraw took the single to #2 on the Hot Country Billboard charts.
402. Kevin Sharp – She’s Sure Taking It Well
Album: Measure Of A Man
“She’s Sure Taking It Well” was the follow-up single to Sharp’s huge hit “Nobody Knows”. He would hit the Top 10 one more time with his third single, but found little success, chart-wise, afterwards. Kevin would go on to write a book and tour as a motivational speaker, through his battle with cancer.
401. Terri Clark – Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
Album: Just The Same
Before doing a little research on this song, i had no idea that it had been covered by so many different artists! Written and originally recorded by Warren Zevon, the song also became a hit for Linda Ronstandt in the late 1970’s. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” would go on to be recorded by 10+ artists after Terri Clark. Clark’s versions would peak at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart in the U.S., but went to the top at #1 in Clark’s home country of Canada.
400. Collin Raye – I Can Still Feel You
Album: The Walls Came Down
“I Can Still Feel You” would be Collin Raye’s fourth and final #1 hit single, spreading between 1992 and 1998. Collin is still recording on a regular basis, releasing an album in 2014 and also a Glen Campbell tribute album in 2013.
399. Alan Jackson – Love’s Got A Hold On You
Album: Don’t Rock The Jukebox
What would one of my weekly countdown blogs be without an appearance by Alan Jackson?! The final single from Jackson’s album, “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”, would climb to #1 on the Hot Country Chart.
398. Wade Hayes – Don’t Stop
Album: Old Enough To Know Better
The third single released to radio by 1994 newcomer Wade Hayes, was one of four that hit the Top 10 from his debut album. Wade Hayes would also be nominated for CMA’s Top Male Vocalist of the year. Hayes just recently released a new album, “Go Live Your Life” this past February.
397. Trace Adkins – I Left Something Turned On At Home
Album: Dreamin’ Out Loud
Another artist making his debut on our countdown, Trace Adkins released his debut album in 1996 and wrapped up with his fourth and final single in 1997. While living in Los Angeles briefly, I worked on a film that Trace had a small role in. I knew the guy was tall, but seeing him up close and in person, holy cow!
396. Sawyer Brown – Six Days On The Day
Album: Six Days On The Road
My first ever live concert experience, was in 1995, at the Lorain County Fair. I had absolutely no interest in going, as my friends were all running around on the midway, playing games, riding rides, etc. Not me. I was being dragged to the grandstand to see some GUY named Sawyer Brown for some boring concert with my parents. Turns out, I was dead wrong, on multiple levels. I (secretly) had an amazing time! To this day, I absolutely love Sawyer Brown’s music, and continuously hope to see them on the radar for a local live show!
We are now 110 songs into the 505 song list!!! Next week, we will go back to the 10 song format, and hopefully it will be as star packed as this week’s entry! I can’t believe we are already 1/5 of the way through the countdown! I hope you enjoy the songs this week, and don’t forget to check out our Spotify playlist to listen to these songs on the go!
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