Part 7 in our 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s Countdown features hits by Diamond Rio, Reba McEntire, John Berry and more!
BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Singles of the 90’s!!!
445. Martina McBride – Independence Day
Album: The Way That I Am
I may catch a little flack for this song being so low on the list. I’ve always considered McBride to be one of the biggest names in 90’s country music, but despite being one of her most successful songs, “Independence Day” never really grabbed me like it did so many others. Don’t get me wrong, as I do think it is one of her best, and I do believe it belongs on this list, just not as high as some of her other songs will be.
444. Ricochet – What Do I Know
I don’t have any trivia to share with this song, so I will try to make another point here. What happened to “bands” in country music? Throughout the 90’s we had Ricochet, Little Texas, Diamond Rio, Sawyer Brown, Alabama, Shenandoah, etc. These were acts where the entire band was the main focus. Today, we have mostly solo artists getting credit with a band behind them who most go uncredited. Sure, there are the Love & Thefts, Band Perrys and Thompson Squares, but only the lead 2 or 3 members get the credit. Just a little something that I think about.
443. Joe Diffie – A Night To Remember
Album: A Night To Remember
“Night” was not only the lead single from his finally album of the 90’s, but marked his first and only appearance on Billboard’s overall Top 40 chart, peaking at #38. “A Night To Remember” was ranked at #18 for the most played country song of 1999.
442. Diamond Rio – Walkin’ Away
Speaking of great country bands throughout the 90’s, Diamond Rio are hands down one of the best! “Walking’ Away” was the lead single from the group’s 4th studio album. The track reached #2 on the Hot Country Charts.
441. Hal Ketchum – Sure Love
Album: Sure Love
Hal nearly hit the top the Hot Country Charts a handful of times throughout the 90’s In 1998, Ketchum lost function of the left side of his body due to a neurological disorder. After re-teacing himself to walk and play guitar, Ketchum continues his music career, with his most current album having been released in 2008.
440. Andy Griggs – I’ll Go Crazy
Album: You Won’t Ever Be Lonely
Griggs took “Crazy” to #10 on the charts in 1999. He would continue to chart 4 more top 10s in the early 2000’s. This would be the 2nd and final single released by Griggs in the 90’s.
439. Marty Stuart – Burn Me Down
This Stuart hit has always made a link between his own and the music of Elvis Presley in my opinion. Marty has that rockabilly edge that early Elvis showed, and I’ve always envisioned “The King” performing this track if the writers were around in the beginnings of rock n’ roll.
438. John Berry – Standing On The Edge of Goodbye
Album: Standing On The Edge
“Goodbye” was Berry’s 2nd highest ranking songs of not only the 90’s, but his career so far. While Berry hasn’t charted any singles after 1999, hopefully the nearing (fingers crossed!) revival of more tradition in country music will help him to head towards the top again.
437. Reba McEntire – Till You Love Me
Album: Read My Mind
If anyone were asked if George Strait had a female equal in country music throughout the 90’s, Reba is without a doubt the “Queen” to his “King”. Both artists started in the 70’s, broke through in the 80’s and absolutely exploded through the 90’s. Like George, Reba has easily continued with hits into the 2000’s and today. Reba is another artist who I didn’t ever find a real connection with while growing up on country music, but today, can absolutely respect everything she has done. Heck, even her sitcom “Reba” gets a chuckle out of me here and there when I’m skimming the channels! Ha!
436. Toby Keith – Big Ol’ Truck
Ok, this entry in our countdown has been pretty heavy on the slow stuff, so let’s crank it up a bit, shall we? Country music, especially in its modern form is LOADED with songs about trucks and how much guys love them. What we rarely see, are songs about women loving and driving their own “Big Ol’ Trucks”. Toby delivers a fun song with an entertaining video for the final single on his album, “Boomtown”. “Truck” would peak at #15. Far from typical Toby success, but a good single, regardless.
Another 10 songs in the can! Again, my apologies for the late post as I deal with this head cold. I haven’t decided yet, but next weeks blog MAY be posted on Saturday, due to the ACM Awards show taking place Sunday night. Perhaps you guys can crank up the Facebook page sharing and get us up to 300 by the end of the week! If so, my offer of posting a huge 20 song update is still on the table!
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