Kick Off Your Week With These Ten 90’s Country Hits!
Tim McGraw – My Best Friend
Album: A Place In The Sun
We are starting this week’s list off with a country megastar! McGraw’s 1999 album, A Place In The Sun is a strong contender, along with Not A Moment Too Soon, as the best album in his career. Songs like “My Best Friend” wrapped up McGraw’s early run of singles before releasing his first Greatest Hits collection. “My Best Friend” climbed to #1 on the country music charts.
LeAnn Rimes – One Way Ticket (Because I Can)
“One Way Ticket” lead Rimes to becoming the fourth teenage artist in country music history to reach #1 on the Hot Country Charts. Despite being her most successful single in the country music genre, this is NOT the first song to come to mind when I hear LeAnn’s name, but it comes from the same album. I bet you can guess which song that is!
Kevin Sharp – If You Love Somebody
Album: Measure Of A Man
Kevin Sharp’s third single from his debut album peaked at #4 on the Hot Country Chart in 1997. This would be Sharp’s final song to reach the Top 10. It would be followed by 3 more singles released to radio in the 90’s, but none of which would climb into the Top 40 on the charts. Sharp would lend more of his time to charities and public speaking, while still recording music until his passing in 2014.
Lonestar – Runnin’ Away With My Heart
Lonestar’s lead vocalist, Richie Mcdonald not only charted many songs, including 8 #1 hits, with the band, but he would also find success outside of the group. In 1997, McDonald was a guest vocalist on fellow 90’s country star Mind McCready’s #18 hit, “Maybe He’ll Notice Her Now.”
Clay Walker – You’re Beginning To Get To Me
Album: Greatest Hits
One of my biggest gripes in not just country music, but the music industry in general , is when a “Greatest Hits” packaged is released and there are no new songs included. Yes, I understand that the idea is to pull all of the biggest songs by one artist together in one album, but if I already own all of the previous records, give me some incentive! Perfect example: Clay Walker included two previously unreleased songs as radio singles from his first hits collection. Now THAT is value!
George Strait – I Know She Still Loves Me
Album: Strait Out Of The Box
This was by no means planned, but speaking of new songs being included in “hits” collections, this George single was unavailable until his four disc Strait Out Of The Box CD set was released in 1995. “King George” took “I Know She Still Loves Me” to #5 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
I Want My Goodbye Back
Album: What Mattered Most
Throughout the 90’s, Ty Herndon charted seven singles in the Top 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart. With songs like “I Want My Goodbye Back” and “Steam,” it’s a mystery to me how he wasn’t able to stay in the spotlight at least through the early-mid 2000’s. Herndon most recently released a new album in late 2016 titled House On Fire.
Sawyer Brown – The Walk
This Sawyer Brown #2 hit, is without question, one of the deepest songs from Sawyer Brown’s catalog of songs. There are so many songs out there about “Mama,” that sometimes it seems that “Dad” is left out. “The Walk” could very possibly be the best song from the 90’s that pays tribute to the great fathers out there.
Little Texas – First Time For Everything
Album: First Time For Everything
The Little Texas lineup has changed a bit since this song was released in 1992 with original lead vocalist Tim Rushlow, Brady Seals and others departing for solo careers throughout the 90’s. With Porter Howell taking over lead vocals, the band continues to entertain fans with their southern rock sound. Little Texas released their sixth studio album, Young For A Long Time in April of 2015.
Marty Stuart & Travis Tritt – Honk Tonkin’s What I Do Best
Album: Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best
What a perfect duo these two guys make! The third hit duet between Tritt and Stuart throughout the 90’s, “Honky Tonkin” is certainly the most upbeat. What I love most about this song, is that Tritt and Stuart are obviously genuine friends and had a blast making it, opposed to duets that sometimes seem to be forced by the record labels. To see these guys perform live together would be an absolute dream!
That wraps up this week’s BORN Country Jukebox! Follow our Ultimate 90’s Country Playlist on Spotify to hear these songs and hundreds of other classic favorites!