“Money in the Bank”
Written by Bob DiPiero, John Jarrard, and Mark D. Sander
#1 (1 week)
July 10, 1993
A New Traditionalist legend earns his final No. 1 single.
The Road to No. 1
Seminole Wind included an additional top ten hit – “Let Go of the Stone” – that followed its title track going to No. 1. To build on the momentum of that double platinum comeback album was no easy feat, but John Anderson encored with another gold album, Solid Ground. Its lead single would be the last chart topper of Anderson’s career.
The No. 1
At the risk of abandoning all credibility, I think that this record is brilliant.
Yes, it borders on being a novelty song, but that places it in a long tradition of clever country hits that went light on substance but heavy on hooks and personality.
The distinctive guitar riff is nearly as catchy as Anderson’s fearless vocal performance in the chorus, as he stretches out “Bank” into enough extra syllables to make Reba McEntire jealous.
“Money in the Bank” works so well because Anderson doesn’t take it seriously but the studio musicians do, creating an effective contrast between the man at the mic and the pros playing behind him.
I love this record without qualification or apology.
The Road From No. 1
Solid Ground produced two more top five hits – “I’ve Got it Made” and “I Wish I Could Have Been There.” His next album, Country ‘Til I Die, produced a solitary top five hit with “Bend it Until it Breaks,” his final major hit with his comeback label BNA. A stint at Mercury Nashville lasted one album and produced the minor hit, “Somebody Slap Me.” An album with Columbia and a return to Warner Bros. both failed to reignite his chart fortunes.
However, his legacy remains secure. In 2014, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his final studio album, Years, was released to critical acclaim in 2020. As his New Traditionalist peers finally join the Country Music Hall of Fame, that ultimate recognition seems inevitable.
“Money in the Bank” gets an A.
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