“If I Didn’t Have You”
Written by Max D. Barnes and Skip Ewing
#1 (1 week)
October 17, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
October 2 – October 9, 1992
Randy Travis returns to the top with the lead single from his pair of hits collections.
The Road to No. 1
After “I’d Surrender All” peaked outside the top ten, Warner Bros. moved on from High Lonesome and readied a pair of releases influenced by a recent trend in rock music: releasing two albums at once. Why they didn’t just do a two-disc hits collection is beyond me, but Travis would score one No. 1 hit each from Greatest Hits Volume One and Greatest Hits Volume Two. This one’s from Volume One.
The No. 1
Driven by a thumping percussion, “If I Didn’t Have You” also features some stunning guitar work to accompany a fantastic vocal performance from Travis.
I can’t tease out what’s the most winning element of those three. I love the beat, I love the pickin’, and I don’t think Travis has ever sounded better than he does here, fully showcasing his impressive range while maintaining full twang with every note.
It’s a great record that would still sound fresh today if it was sent to radio.
The Road From No. 1
And the next single is great, too. Sorry to be repeating superlatives, but it’s the early nineties and Gods and Goddesses walked among us.
“If I Didn’t Have You” gets an A.
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