Every #1 Single of the Nineties: Vince Gill, “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away”

“Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away”

Vince Gill

Written by Vince Gill and Pete Wasner

Billboard

#1 (3 weeks)

December 26, 1992 – January 9, 1993

Vince Gill’s longest-running No. 1 spills over to 1993.

The Road to No. 1

Every single from I Still Believe in You will top at least one singles chart.  After the title track topped both, the second single became one of those rare releases that went No. 1 in Billboard but not Radio & Records.

The No. 1

This is probably my favorite uptempo Vince Gill single.

It serves as a nice complement to the heartfelt plea of “I Still Believe in You,” with the same commitment to keeping a struggling love going.  This time, it’s a fight that’s been going on too long, an someone has to give.

“We’ve got a love people dream about,” he reminds his partner, all against the backdrop of some top notch guitar work that emphasizes the emotions that he’s expressing with the lyrics.

1992 ends on a high note here, and it is in stiff competition with 1991 for the best collection of No. 1 hits over the entire decade.

The Road From No. 1

Three more No. 1 hits to go from this album, as well as a chart-topping duet with the redhead who cameos in the video for this song.

“Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away” gets an A.

Every No. 1 Single of the Nineties

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5 Comments

  1. I love this song. I remember hearing this album off in the distance when I was a kid, because somebody at the camp ground that my family was camping at played the album every day that we were there. I wanted to own the album so badly, but since money was tight in my large family while I was growing up, I didn’t get to own much music, so Vince’s Greatest Hits album, Souvenirs, and a couple of his old RCA albums that were $5 in the bargain bin were all that I owned of Vince’s as a kid. I didn’t end up with this CD until I was in college and had a little money to spend of my own.

  2. I also love this song, and it’s one of my favorites of his upbeat singles, as well. It’s got a great groove, and I’ve especially always loved Vince’s twangy electric guitar playing throughout this cut. Pretty good point too about this song being sort of a continuation of the theme on “I Still Believe In You.” I never saw the connection between the two songs until now.

    Back in early 90’s, my step dad bought me several of those multicolored My First Sony 45 minute blank tapes (if anyone remembers those), and in early 1993, I used many of those tapes to record country radio on them. This song made it onto two of those. :) In actuality, this another song that I had almost forgotten went back as far as 1992, because I had gotten so used to hearing it regularly as a recurrent on the radio throughout the mid-late 90’s and early 00’s. At one point around 1997, I accidently got this one confused with his similar sounding hit at the time “A Little More Love.” Anyway, it wasn’t until I pulled out those My First Sony tapes a little more recently that I suddenly remembered this song being as old as it was, and the memories of hearing this song as a seven year old in late ’92 and early ’93 came back.

    And how can I comment on this tune without mentioning the fun and ultra cool video featuring Vince’s all star “backup band”? I admit that it took me a good while to be able to identify nearly everyone featured there, though there are still maybe a couple I’m not sure on/familiar with. I just know I was able to recognize Pam, Patty, Little Jimmy, the Headhunters, Lee Roy, and, of course, that famous red headed waitress right away. :) It’s also neat how Randall “Tex” Cobb, who until recently I had mostly known as someone who regularly played a villain on Walker Texas Ranger, made an appearance. Also, I love the end when Vince tells Little Jimmy “I’ve never seen so much hair in my life!” lol! This video was just another example of how country music was on top at the time, and how it was like one big happy family. I really miss that!

    Leeann – My step dad bought a Greatest Hits cd of Vince’s RCA singles around early 1993, and that was my first Vince Gill album. I also later received a copy of Souvenirs for my 13th birthday. Funny how similar our first Vince albums ended up being! It wasn’t until the 2000’s when stores (especially Wal-Mart) started selling his older albums cheaper and when I started collecting used cd’s that I was able to get his 90’s albums. Also, thanks for sharing that cool memory you have of hearing the I Still Believe In You album!

  3. Vince Gill fully finds his groove in this song. Like Alan Jackson in the previous number one, Gill is establishing dominance here and pulling away from the pack.

    Leann- I always wonder many amazing albums have been discovered and scooped up in bargain bins! I was always surprised by the amount of country gold that was inexplicably available there!

  4. It seems a bit ridiculous that Gill’s biggest chart hit did not reach #1 on Radio & Records, but Radio & Records charts always seemed a bit suspect to me

    This song also went to #1 on the Canadian RPM Country Chart

    Anyway, this is one of my favorite Vince Gill songs

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