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Billy Dean – If There Hadn’t Been You
Album: Billy Dean
Billy Dean’s sixth consecutive Top 10 single (or Top 4, for that matter), “If There Hadn’t Been You” was the final single from his self titled sophomore album. Dean has yet to reach #1 on the U.S. country charts, however, “If There Hadn’t Been You” was his first of two consecutive #1 hits on the Canadian country charts in 1992.
Ricky Van Shelton – I’ve Cried My Last Tear For You
Album: RVS III
At the very start of BORN Country, I created a list of my 505 favorite country music songs of the 90’s. Despite listening to a lot of Ricky Van Shelton in my childhood, a number of his best hits of the decade were no where to be found on the countdown. Current day, Shelton continues to be one of if not THE most popular artist based on our readers. This 1990 single was the first ever “Certified BORN Country” hit via our weekly Throwback Top10 Countdown.
Gary Allan – Her Man
Album: Used Heart For Sale
Allan’s early recordings are some of the best that he made throughout his entire career to this point. One thing that I did not realize until researching for this article, is that Waylon Jennings had also recorded “Her Man” prior, for his 1990 album, The Eagle. If you haven’t heard Waylon’s version of this song, check it out immediately! Gary Allan reached #7 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
Kenny Chesney – How Forever Feels
Album: Everywhere We Go
Here’s a bit of trivia for you: “How Forever Feels” was recorded by Tim McGraw prior to Chesney getting ahold of it. When McGraw decided that the song didn’t “fit” him, Chesney was able to not only record his own take, but also made the song his first single from his best (my opinion) album, Everywhere We Go. Chesney would top the country charts and also reach #27 on Billboard’s Hot 100 (overall) chart with this single.
Michael Peterson – Drink, Swear, Steal And Lie
Album: Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson’s debut album is strong. If you don’t own, it order it, download it, but by whatever means, get it. Five singles were released to radio from the self-titled album between 1997 and 1999. “Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie” is easily my favorite single by Peterson. I even included it on the first country mix CD that I ever made when my family purchased our first computer in the late 90’s! Though Peterson’s last radio single was released back in 2002, he continues to perform at military benefits across the country.
Clay Walker – One, Two, I Love You
Album: Rumor Has It
Clay Walker’s thirteenth radio single would also impressively be his thirteenth consecutive Top 20 hit. Some may find this song a bit silly with it’s nursery rhyme theme, but I think it’s pretty dang fun! While I think it deserved much more, the song peaked at #18 on the country charts.
BlackHawk – Every Once In A While
Year: 1994 After their debut single, “Goodbye Says It All” peaked at #11, Henry Paul, Van Stephenson and and Dave Robbins, collectively known as BlackHawk, would continue to climb the charts. The next six singles released to radio, starting off with “Every Once In A While” would all reach the country Top 10. Though the #1 spot eluded BlackHawk on the U.S. charts, (Two #1’s in Canada), “Every Once In A While” would be one of two #2 charting singles on the U.S. Country chart.
Tracy Lawrence – Renegades, Rebels And Rogues
Album: Maverick (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
“Renegades, Rebels and Rogues” would be the first in a string of songs with music videos by Tracy Lawrence that feature a “Quantum Leap” theme in which he would time travel to different eras between each video. Though I have chosen a live performance video to share below instead of the official video, I intend on writing something on the entire run of “Leap” videos down the road. “Renegades” reached #7 on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart in 1994.
Trisha Yearwood – She’s In Love With The Boy
Album: Trisha Yearwood
Trisha Yearwood debuted with “She’s In Love With The Boy” in 1991 and started out strong, reaching the top spot on the charts in August of the same year. Trisha would reach #1 four more times throughout the 90’s. Though her focus seems to lean more towards her cooking show these days, it has been a special treat to see her touring with husband Garth over the past few years.
George Strait – Lovebug
Album: Easy Come, Easy Go
Did you know that long prior to George Strait releasing his version of “Love Bug,” that the legendary George Jones had reached #6 on the country charts with with the song in 1965, and even named an album after it? Now, that I know, when replaying the song, it SOUNDS like a George Jones song! You learn something everyday, I guess! George Strait peaked at #8 with “Love Bug” in 1994.
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