Tracy Byrd was easily one of the most consistent hit-makers in country music throughout the 90’s. With 17 Top20 hits, including 10 that reached the Top10, Byrd had an incredibly successful decade. His first Top40 country single, “Holdin’ Heaven,” climbed all of the way to #1! Even moving into the early 2000’s, Tracy continued charting with the likes of “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” (#1), “Drinkin’ Bone” (#7) and “The Truth About Men” (#13) which featured Montgomery Gentry, Andy Griggs and a young Blake Shelton!
Let’s take a look at the 10 best songs of Tracy Byrd‘s career! Did we get the list right? Tell us in the comment section below! Let us know if we forgot YOUR favorite hit!
10. The First Step (1994)
This one may not be as popular as the rest of the songs on our list, but if this one isn’t a blast to sing or dance along to, I don’t know what could be! “The First Step” was released as a single from Byrd’s classic 1994 album, No Ordinary Man. If you don’t have this one on CD or digitally, get it immediately. It’s easy the most important album of Byrd’s discography!
9. Big Love (1996)
The title track to Tracy Byrd’s was released as the lead-off single from the album of the same name. However, Byrd was not the first country artist to record “Big Love.” The song appeared as the B-Side to the late Chris LeDoux‘s “Dallas Days And Fort Worth Nights” single!
8. Don’t Take Her She’s All I Got (1997)
This hit was originally recorded by Freddie North and released in 1971. That same year, outlaw country music legend Johnny Paycheck recorded the song, becoming one of his most popular hits. The song’s recording history doesn’t stop there! Both Conway Twitty and Tanya Tucker, among others, have put their touches on the track. Despite the number of country music icons who have recorded a version of “She’s All I Got,” Tracy Byrd’s 1997 #4 hit is still my favorite!
7. Love Lessons (1995)
“Love Lessons” was released as the second single from Tracy Byrd’s third album, by the same name. Peaking at #9 on the country music charts, “Love Lessons” would be the only single from said album to reach the Top10. “Walking To Jerusalem,” preceded, “Love Lessons” with “Heaven In My Woman’s Eyes” and “4 To 1 In Atlanta,” following.
6. Holdin’ Heaven (1993)
In 1992, Byrd released “That’s The Thing About A Memory” to radio, followed by “Someone To Give My Love To” in early 1993. After both songs failed to reach the country Top40, everything turned around for Tracy, as his third single, “Holdin’ Heaven” took the country newcomer all of the way to the #1 spot!
5. Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo (2002)
Tracy Byrd’s second U.S. #1 country single was almost recorded and released by another artist. Believe it or not, Garth Brooks had the song on his radar! In a phone call from Byrd to Garth, Tracy let him know that he planned on naming his album after the song and had been hoping to make it a hit. Garth wished him well and the rest is history! How cool is that?!
4.Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous (1994)
We didn’t have cable while I grew up in the 90’s, but when I would surf the channels at my grandparents’ house, I would occasionally come across a reality show of sorts, titled “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous.” In short, host Robin Leach would tour the homes of, you guessed it, rich and famous celebrities. I hated it. When Tracy Byrd’s hit, parodying said television show, I was hooked instantly!
3. I’m From The Country (1998)
This Tracy Byrd hit marks what I believe to be the only country CD single that I had purchased in the late 90’s. Typically, I would wait for the entire album to be available, but in the case of “I’m From The Country,” I just had to have it immediately! This #3 country hit was co-written by Marty Brown, who competed on season 8 of America’s Got Talent!
2. Watermelon Crawl (1994)
Although I was still in elementary school at the time. I remember the early 90’s line dance resurgence fairly well. There are three songs that I strong relate to the period, being “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn, “Achy Breaky Heart” from Billy Ray Cyrus and of course, “Watermelon Crawl” by Tracy Byrd. Despite the handful of “how-to” VHS tapes that I recall being in my mom’s VHS cabinet, I still don’t know a single step to any of these dances… Maybe it’s about time? If you these dances, tell us in the comments below!
1. Keeper Of The Stars (1995)
In putting together this list, I thought for sure that Tracy Byrd‘s “Keeper Of The Stars” had been a #1 hit. Despite being one of the most beautiful love songs of the 90’s, this classic peaked at the #2 spot on the country music charts. There a brief moment in which I considered swapping “Watermelon Crawl” into the #1 spot on THIS countdown, I had to stick with my original order in the end. This song is just too good to not be at the top! “Keeper Of The Stars” was named the “Song Of The Year” by the Country Music Association a year after its original release. Well deserved!
That does it for this edition of Quick Hits! As always, this list really came down to the nitty gritty and it was tough to cut a few off at the end! Did we include your favorite Tracy Byrd hits? Please let us know in the comments below! We love to read your feedback on these lists!
When it comes to a collection of Tracy Byrd hits, you aren’t going to do much better than 2007’s “The Definitive Collection“! 18 solid tracks featuring every major single from the early 90’s through “Drinkin’ Bone!” Please use our links below to purchase the album through Amazon to continue to support BORN Country!