Here we are, topping off the first 50 songs of our 505 Favorite Country Single’s of the 90’s list. I don’t know about you folks reading it, but it seems to be flying by for us!
BORN Country’s Top 505 Country Singles Of The 1990’s!!!
465. Alabama – Dancin’, Shaggin’ On The Boulevard
Album: Dancin’ On The Boulevard
My first memory of this song, is my laughter after hearing the lyrics back in 1997. A little film titled “Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery” had been released the same year and “Shagging” was introduced to my vocabulary. Being that I was 13 years old, I don’t think I have to explain too much, haha. Anyhow, “Shaggin'” was one of Alabama’s finally hits in the 90’s and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country chart.
464. Chely Wright – Single White Female
Album: Single White Female
Chely Wright hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s U.S. Hot Country chart in 1999. Despite having not made the top of the charts before or since “SWF”, Wright has written songs that were recorded by Brad Paisley, Clay Walker and others. Trisha Yearwood provided harmony vocals on the studio recording.
463. Vince Gill – You Better Think Twice
Album: When Love Finds You
The “Guitar Slinger” took the 5th single from his album “When Love Finds You” to #2 on the Billboard Hot Country chart. Not all on this song, but Gill’s album included backup vocals by what would now be considered an all-star lineup, including Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Michael McDonald, Ricky Skaggs and more!
462. Andy Griggs – You Won’t Ever Be Lonely
Album: You Won’t Ever Be Lonely
Andy Griggs hit the ground running upon his entry to the country music world. “Lonely” the first single from his first album climbed to the #2 spot on the Billboard country charts after 6 months on radio. Greg’s first album also included a duet with country music’s legendary outlaw, Waylon Jennings.
461. Mark Wills – I Do (Cherish You)
Album: Wish You Were Here
The 90’s saw a period in which a handful of country singles would also be recorded by pop/rock artists and released to radio as well. A lot of people will likely remember “I Do” as a single released by boyband 98 Degrees. This trend included two hit singles shared between John Michael Montgomery and All-4-One, Alabama teaming up with N’Sync and more. This Wills recording reached #2 on the Hot Country Chart.
460. Garth Brooks – Two Pina Coladas
This Garth classic came in at #29 on CMT’s 40 Greatest Drinking songs list. Brooks would follow this up with one more #1 and 2 other singles to round out the 90’s.
*NOTE: While I always try to find the best videos for the blog, sometimes it is flat out impossible. This is a fan recorded video from a live concert.
459. Lee Roy Parnell – On The Road
Album: On The Road
I can’t imagine anyone who is reading this, has ever found the best way to think through, deal with, or just come down from something that has been bothering you than a nice long drive with some good music for a brief escape. While the issues being dealt with in this track are a bit heavier than the typical everyday person, this song hits it right on the head.
458. Jeff Carson – Not On Your Love
Album: Jeff Carson
It may seem like Jeff Carson came and went almost immediately, but he started off as a sessions musician and demo recorder out of Missouri in the early 90’s before receiving his own recording contract. Carson hit the Top 10 with 3 singles in a row, including this track (#1) through 1995 and 1996. Carson also saw some recognition when he covered Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses” in 1997. Carson retired from country music in 2009 and is now working as a police officer in Franklin, TN.
457. Joe Diffie – If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets
Album: A Thousand Winding Roads
Man, do I love the sound of some good western swing music. I have seen Joe Diffie perform live twice, both being acoustic sets. If all plans align, I will finally get to see him perform with a full band come end of summer. While guys like Eric Curch, Big & Rich and Thomas Rhett are headlining the festival, Diffie still has me the most excited!
456. Clint Black – Put Yourself In My Shoes
Album: Put Yourself In My Shoes
The harmonica intro followed by Clint Black’s strong vocals always hook me immediately when this song comes on. While this is not one of his 19 #1 singles, (#4 Hot Country), the first single from his second album is still an essential piece of his collected works.
There we go! 50 songs into the 505 song countdown! I know this segment was a little heavy on the lesser knowns, but as we dive deeper and deeper, the songs will get bigger and bigger!
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