It’s a rainy day here in Ohio, and boy do the crops need it! Today is also Sunday, which means its time for another entry in our 90’s country music countdown!
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BORN Country’s 505 Favorite Country Singles of the 90’s!
350. Lee Roy Parnell – Tender Moment
Album: Love Without Mercy
Country/blues guitar master, Lee Roy Parnell, released 4 singles to country radio without touching down in the Top 40 chart. Parnell’s album “Love Without Mercy” brought much more luck to the table. Three of the 4 singles, including “Tender Moment,” reached the Top 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
349. Diamond Rio – Night Is Fallin’ On My Heart
Album: Love A Little Stronger
Diamond Rio’s “Love A Little Stronger” is another album I remember buying through the BMG music service in the mid-ninties. “Night” is hands down one of the easiest Diamond Rio songs to sing-a-long to. The group recently released a live CD/DVD set, but haven’t put out new material since 2009. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that there is a new project in the works!
348. Garth Brooks – Longneck Bottle
The first radio single from Garth’s 1997 album, “Sevens”, was written by long time friend of Brooks, Steve Wariner, who has also been featured in our countdown.
347. BlackHawk – Like There Ain’t No Yesterday
Album: Strong Enough
I’ve always considered BlackHawk to have one of the most distinguishable sounds in country music. Back in high school, there is no doubt that BlackHawk’s “Greatest Hits” CD was one of the most played discs in my ol’ 1992 Ford Explorer. I am absolutely thrilled that I will be seeing these guys perform for the second time, this summer. They sound exactly the same live, as they do on disc!
346. Lee Ann Womack – I’ll Think Of A Reason Later
Album: Some Things I Know
Making her debut on our 90’s countdown, Lee Ann Womack! I’ll say it right now, the fact that Womack has not blown up again on country music after the release of her latest album, “The Way I’m Livin'”, is an absolute CRIME. If you haven’t heard it, BUY it now. Womack is probably best known for her 2000 hit “I Hope You Dance”, but she has so much more to offer, and her strongest material came AFTER her “Greatest Hits” album!
345. Dwight Yoakam – I Ain’t That Lonely Yet
Album: This Time
That thing I said about BlackHawk having an easily distinguishable sound? Enter Dwight Yoakam. No one in the past 25 years, sounded like Dwight in the mainstream. “Lonely” is about that place in which one has to convince themselves that while heartbroken, going BACK to the one who caused the pain in the first case, won’t solve your problem. Dwight reached #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart, in 1993.
344. Rhett Akins – That Ain’t My Truck
Album: A Thousand Memories
What a solid country song. Despite only hitting the Top 10 twice, throughout the 90’s, Thomas Rhett’s daddy charted eleven singles on the Hot Country Songs chart. I think it pretty wild, the difference between Akins Sr.’s country music and his son’s. I’ve been a fan of the majority of Jr.’s work so far (with the exception of his current single, “Crash And Burn”), but its almost like two different worlds!
343. Vince Gill – What The Cowgirls Do
Album: When Love Finds You
We haven’t heard from Vince Gill for awhile on our list! While mostly known for slower songs of heartbreak, the occasional Vince Gill, honky tonk rock song would sneak through the cracks on country radio. This song, along with the video, is just plain fun. Gill too “Cowgirls” to #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
342. Dolly Parton – Romeo (Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea & Mary Chapin Carpenter
Album: Slow Dancing With The Moon
This may be the best worst song on our countdown, so prepare yourself. Throughout 1992, Billy Ray and Achy Breaky Heart were the hottest things going in country music. While Dolly is one of country music’s all-time greats, “Romeo” makes our list almost purely due to it’s ability to crack me up every time I hear Cyrus join in with “Wontcha beeeee my Juliet?!” Tears, I tell ya.
341. Neal McCoy – For A Change
Album: You Gotta Love That
Man, Neal McCoy is hands down one of my all-time favorite artists. Every single radio hit was fantastic, his live show is full of energy and he was a blast to meet in person. “Change” is from the album that I had him sign for me back in February. He was surprised to see someone carrying around a CD from 1995, and referred to it as “Old shit”. Ha! If you get a chance, do yourself a favor and see Neal in concert. You will not be let down! “For A Change” hit #3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
We are getting closer and closer to our midway point on the countdown! Have there been any artists that you expected to see, but haven’t been represented yet? There are still so many more songs to come! Share with us your thoughts, memories or anything else that 90’s country music brings to mind! We love feedback!
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