Diamond Rio leads off this week’s list as we continued to countdown our 505 Favorite Country Songs of the 90’s! Also featured this week: Tanya Tucker, George Strait, BlackHawk and more!
Diamond Rio – Imagine That
Album: Greatest Hits
“Imagine That” is a perfect example that a song exclusive to a “Hits” collection can be successful when it comes to radio play. This single contains such a strong message about not giving up on a marriage/relationship, just because things get tough. Diamond Rio took their 19th single, co-written by Bryan White, to #4 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
George Strait – One Night At A Time
Album: Carrying Your Love With Me
“One Night At A Time” would be Strait’s 11th of 16 times to top the country charts throughout the 90’s. That’s right. This song was released in 1997 and Strait STILL had 5 more #1 hits before the decade’s end!
Clint Black – We Tell Ourselves
Album: The Hard Way
From George Strait to another mega-star of the 90’s, Clint Black! At the time of release, Black’s third album “The Hard Way”, was held up during ongoing legal disputes with his former manager. The wait was well worth it, of course, as the first single reached #2 on the charts and two more successful singles followed.
Lee Roy Parnell – A Litte Bit Of You
Album: We All Get Lucky Sometimes
I first discovered Lee Roy Parnell through a free country music demo disc that I received in the mail, possibly prior to this album’s release date. “A Little Bit Of You” was featured on the disc and I thought it was fantastic. The disc had ten or so songs on it, and I couldn’t even begin to guess a single other song that was included! That’s how much this one stuck out to me! Parnell would only reach the Top 10 one more time after this single, before the 90’s wrapped up.
Hal Ketchum – Past The Point Of Rescue
Album: Past The Point Of Rescue
There are so many songs that were huge during the 90’s that seem to have slipped through the cracks over time and have been very nearly forgotten by those of us who were listening during the period. This Hal Ketchum classic is a perfect example. It is our duty, here at BORN Country, to keep these hits alive!
Trace Adkins – Every Light In The House
Album: Dreamin’ Out Loud
We turn from Hal Ketchum’s little heard (today) radio hit, to this huge single by Trace Adkins that can be heard fairly often on the radio, still today. “Every Light In The House” was the second career radio single for Adkins, and it reached #2 on the Hot Country Charts, finding further success than his debut single, “There’s A Girl In Texas” which peaked at #20.
Kevin Sharp – Nobody Knows
Album: Measure Of A Man
In early 1996, R&B artist, Tony Rich released “Nobody Knows” as his debut single. The song faired pretty well as it peaked at #11 on the Soul Singles chart. Come September of ’96, newcomer Kevin Sharp would record and release a cover of the soul hit to country radio. “Nobody Knows” would reach #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart and would remain Sharp’s most well known song.
BlackHawk – Down In Flames
Every single song on BlackHawk’s debut album could’ve gone to radio and been a hit. That’s how much I enjoy the music that these guys put together. Four of the five songs that were released as singles, reached the Top 10, while the first single, “Goodbye Says It All” peaked at #11. If that’s not a successful album, I don’t know what is!
Doug Stone – A Jukebox With A Country Song
Album: I Thought It Was You
Could you imagine heading to your local honky-tonk only to find out that it’s been transformed into an uppity ritzy nightclub? What a nightmare! “Jukebox” would become Doug Stone’s second #1 single. In 2013, Doug Stone spent a tour with Shenandoah and Bryan White titled “Reliving The 90’s.” How did I miss out on that?!!!
Tanya Tucker – It’s A Little Too Late
Album: Can’t Run From Yourself
While Tucker wouldn’t reach #1 throughout the 90’s, she came close many times, with 13 Top 10 hits before the end of the decade. Being one of them, “It’s A Little Too Late” peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Tanya continues to find a strong following throughout our weekly Throwback Top10 Countdown. Perhaps “It’s A Little Too Late” will be the one to take her to the top again when the time comes!
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!