The Fifty Best Debut Singles of All-Time Part 2: #40-#31 #40 John Michael Montgomery, “Life’s a Dance” Debut: October 3, 1992/Peak: #4 Quite possibly the perfect early nineties country song, with an arrangement and
Although it became a somewhat more frequent occurrence over the past two decades, it’s always been exceptionally rare for a country artist to hit with their very first single. But sometimes, lightning strikes, and a
My 2005 list was dominated by established female artists returning to greatness, and this year’s list complements it well, as 2006 is dominated by male artists either reaching new artistic heights or returning to them.
As much as we love new music, reissues and compilations are what ultimately record the history of country music. Greatest Hits albums remain in print long after most studio albums have been cut out, while
#20 Wild Angels Martina McBride 1995 She’s been screaming her head off for so long now, it’s easy to forget that Martina McBride once seemed destined to make albums like Emmylou Harris rather than Mariah
#30 Lead On George Strait 1994 While a parade of nineties stars grabbed the headlines around him, Strait was quietly making fantastic music. Lead On was one of the strongest studio albums of his career,
#40 Girl of Your Dreams Bobbie Cryner 1996 Cryner’s achingly honest writing on the best of this album’s tracks rivals the greatest music to come out of Nashville during this era. Her nuanced portraits of