When discussing artists who made their debut throughout the 90’s and successfully moved on into the 2000’s, names like Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw are typically the first that come to mind.
Based on talent alone, it is an absolutely travesty that Gary Allan is very rarely a part of that list. Sure, only three of eight singles released between 1996 and 1999 cracked the country Top40, so I can only imagine that some folks just don’t realize how long we have had Allan’s hits playing on our radios.
Let’s take a look back at the 10 best singles from Gary Allan’s two decade spanning career. Will your favorite make the cut? Make sure you let us know in the comments below if you agree o r disagree!
10. Best I Ever Had (2005)
I’ll be honest, this one almost didn’t make the cut. I swapped it out at the very last minute after giving the song one last listen and I am very glad that I did. Heck, I hadn’t even known that the song was originally recorded by 90’s rock outfit, Vertical Horizon! Something new everyday, I suppose!
9. Tough Little Boys (2003)
I am not yet a father, myself, but I imagine that this song is going to hit even harder when that day does come.
8. Nothin’ On But The Radio (2004)
This 2004 hit single became one of the most played country music songs throughout 2005.Easily one of the more positive and “fun” songs from Allan’s catalogue, “Radio” would be the final single from Gary’s See If I Care album.
7. A Feelin’ Like That (2006)
Songs about heartbreak and missed chances with love are key to the career of Gary Allan and “A Feelin’ Like That” is no different! This was the only single released directly from Allan’s Greatest Hits record and it peaked at #12 on the country charts.
6. Watching Airplanes (2007)
The 20th single of Gary Allan’s career peaked at #2 on the Billboard Country chart and snagged him a nomination for “Single Record Of The Year” at the ACM Awards in 2008!
5. Right Where I Need To Be (2000)
Written by Casey Beathard, who has penned Top 10 hits for artists like Trace Adkins, Billy Ray Cyrus and Eric Church, this would become Gary’s first Top 5 single.
4. It Would Be You (1998)
Gary Allan landed his second Top 10 country hit in 1998, following his hit debut, “Her Man.” Both songs peaked at the #7 spot on the Billboard country chart.
3. Songs About Rain (2006)
I can’t help but to think that Hank Williams, Sr. would have been incredibly fond of this song and likely would have recorded it, had it been written in his time. Of course, the songs listed throughout the lyrics didn’t exist in his time (except for “Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain” in which Williams DID record), but I’m sure you understand what I’m getting at!
2. Her Man (1996)
Gary Allan’s debut single is simply one of his very best. I truly believe that this could be released today and be an even bigger hit than it was in the mid-90’s. Waylon Jennings recorded “Her Man” originally for his 1990 album The Eagle.
1. Smoke Rings In The Dark (1999)
I don’t know that anyone can argue that this is Gary Allan’s absolute best single. Released to radio in 1999, “Smoke Rings” stopped climbing at #12, but to this day continues to be one of his most requested hits.
That wraps up this edition of Quick Hits! Did your favorite Gary Allan single make the cut? It certainly wasn’t easy to narrow these songs down, even after extending to 10 from our usual 5 song lists! Let us know what you think in the comments below!