Day 25 concludes the series with tracks from Marty Robbins, Anne Murray, Bobbie Cryner, The Judds, and Diamond Rio.
“You Gave Me a Mountain”
Written by Marty Robbins
Marty Robbins sang so many styles so well. He could do pure country, western epics, and melodramatic ballads like this one. And oh, is this one melodramatic. The sheer fury of his voice keeps the whole record on the right side of maudlin.
Other Favorites: “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife,” “I’ll Go On Alone,” “El Paso”
“You Needed Me”
Written by Randy Goodrum
I’d always heard this song from a distance, and assumed it was about a love gone wrong. When I truly heard it for the first time, and discovered it was about self-redemption through love, I was stunned. With time, I now believe that it’s the most beautiful song that I’ve ever heard.
Other Favorites: “Could I Have This Dance,” “Danny’s Song,” “A Little Good News”
“You’d Think He’d Know Me Better”
Written by Bobbie Cryner
Bobbie Cryner is an extraordinary writer, but it is her skills as a vocalist on “You’d Think He’d Know Me Better” that redeem the character she wrote into life. The words are of a cold and distant woman. The voice reveals the lonely and hurt woman beneath that cold and distant surface.
Other Favorites: “Vision of Loneliness,” “Leavin’ Houston Blues,” “The Girl of Your Dreams”
“Young Love (Strong Love)”
Written by Paul Kennerley and Kent Robbins
Wynonna was really coming into her own as a vocalist by the time this record rolled around, and The Judds were becoming less dependent on those goosebump-inducing familial harmonies. Listen to the way that Wy delivers that third verse, and you can almost hear her solo career coming to life. “Young Love (Strong Love)” captures the transition, and in doing so, we get the best of both worlds.
Other Favorites: “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” “Love is Alive,” “Why Not Me”
Written by Jon Vezner and Paul Williams
A song about the transformative power of one true love, and how it can leave a better man behind after it departs. He’s damn lonely, but he’s a better man nonetheless, as evidenced by the purity of the gratitude intertwined with his sorrow.
Other Favorites: “Meet in the Middle,” “Nowhere Bound,” “How Your Love Makes Me Feel”