The Best of 1993: The Ballot

Shania Twain Toby Keith John Brannen Triple PlayLast winter, we counted down the best albums and singles of 1994.   Now, we’re getting ready to share with you what we think were the best albums of the year before that.

1993 is the year that longtime writer Leeann Ward fell in love with country music, and a lot of sentimental favorites from all of our staff were sent to radio or retail that year.  (It’s also the year that Mercury launched its Triple Play tour of three new artists – Toby Keith, Shania Twain, and John Brannen.)

We had a lot of great music to choose from!  As we did last time around, we’re sharing the full ballot with you. That’s 89 albums and 265 singles!

Share your favorite albums and singles in the comments!

Check out the ballot below the fold.

The Albums

First Last Album
Alabama Cheap Seats
Deborah Allen Delta Dreamland
John Anderson Solid Ground
Asleep at the Wheel Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys
Matraca Berg The Speed of Grace
Clint Black No Time to Kill
Suzy Bogguss Something Up My Sleeve
Bottle Rockets Bottle Rockets
John Brannen John Brannen
Garth Brooks In Pieces
Brooks & Dunn Hard Workin’ Man
Brother Phelps Let Go
Marty Brown Wild Kentucky Skies
Stephen Bruton What It Is
Tracy Byrd Tracy Byrd
Cactus Brothers The Cactus Brothers
Shawn Camp Shawn Camp
Carlene Carter Little Love Letters
Rosanne Cash The Wheel
Beth Nielsen Chapman You Hold the Key
Mark Chesnutt Almost Goodbye
Mark Collie Mark Collie
Bobbie Cryner Bobbie Cryner
Billy Ray Cyrus It Won’t be the Last
Charlie Daniels Band America, I Believe in You
Billy Dean Fire in the Dark
Joe Diffie Honky Tonk Attitude
Dixie Chicks Shouldn’t a Told You That
Rosie Flores Once More With Feeling
Gibson/Miller Band Where There’s Smoke
Vince Gill Let There Be Peace on Earth
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Spinning Around the Sun
Ricky Lynn Gregg Ricky Lynn Gregg
Nanci Griffith Other Voices, Other Rooms
Emmylou Harris Cowgirl’s Prayer
Faith Hill Take Me as I am
Alan Jackson Honky Tonk Christmas
Freedy Johnston Unlucky
George Jones High-Tech Redneck
Kieran Kane Find My Way Back Home
Robert Earl Keen A Bigger Piece of Sky
Toby Keith Toby Keith
The Kentucky Headhunters Rave On!!
Sammy Kershaw Haunted Heart
Tracy Lawrence Alibis
Chris LeDoux Under This Old Hat
Laurie Lewis True Stories
Little Texas Big Time
Patty Loveless Only What I Feel
Shelby Lynne Temptation
Kathy Mattea Good News
Martina McBride The Way That I am
McBride & the Ride Hurry Sundown
Tim McGraw Tim McGraw
Lorrie Morgan Merry Christmas from London
Dude Mowrey Dude Mowrey
Michael Martin Murphey Cowboy Songs III
Anne Murray Croonin’
Willie Nelson Across the Borderline
Mark O’Connor Heroes
Lee Roy Parnell On the Road
Dolly Parton Honky Tonk Angels(with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette)
Dolly Parton Slow Dancing with the Moon
Linda Ronstadt Winter Light
Sawyer Brown Outskirts of Town
Ricky Van Shelton A Bridge I Didn’t Burn
Shenandoah Under the Kudzu
Soundtrack The Beverly Hillbillies
Lisa Stewart Lisa Stewart
Doug Stone More Love
George Strait Easy Come, Easy Go
Sweethearts of the Rodeo Rodeo Waltz
Aaron Tippin Call of the Wild
Randy Travis Wind in the Wire
Tanya Tucker Soon
Shania Twain Shania Twain
Conway Twitty Final Touches
Uncle Tupelo Anodyne
Various Artists Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles
Clay Walker Clay Walker
Monte Warden Monte Warden
Steve Wariner Drive
Cheryl Wheeler Driving Home
Lari White Lead Me Not
Hank Williams Jr. Out of Left Field
Kelly Willis Kelly Willis
Wynonna Tell Me Why
Trisha Yearwood The Song Remembers When
Dwight Yoakam This Time

The Singles

First Last Title
Alabama Angels Among Us
Alabama Hometown Honeymoon
Alabama Reckless
Alabama T.L.C. A.S.A.P.
Deborah Allen All the Loving (and the Hurting Too)
Deborah Allen If You’re Not Gonna Love Me
John Anderson I Fell in the Water
John Anderson I’ve Got it Made
John Anderson Money in the Bank
Roger Ballard Two Steps in the Right Direction
Bellamy Brothers Hard Way to Make an Easy Livin’
Bellamy Brothers Rip off the Knob
John Berry A Mind of Her Own
John Berry Kiss Me in the Car
Clint Black A Bad Goodbye (w/Wynonna)
Clint Black No Time to Kill
Clint Black State of Mind
Clint Black When My Ship Comes In
BlackHawk Goodbye Says it All
Suzy Bogguss Heartache
Suzy Bogguss Hey Cinderella
Suzy Bogguss Just Like the Weather
Larry Boone Get in Line
Boy Howdy A Cowboy’s Born with a Broken Heart
Boy Howdy She’d Give Anything
John Brannen Moonlight & Magnolias
Garth Brooks Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)
Garth Brooks American Honky-Tonk Bar Association
Garth Brooks Learning to Live Again
Garth Brooks That Summer
Brooks & Dunn Hard Workin’ Man
Brooks & Dunn Rock My World (Little Country Girl)
Brooks & Dunn She Used to Be Mine
Brooks & Dunn We’ll Burn That Bridge
Brother Phelps Let Go
Brother Phelps Were You Really Livin’
Marty Brown It Must Be the Rain
Jimmy Buffett Another Saturday Night
Billy Burnette Tangled Up in Texas
Tracy Byrd Holdin’ Heaven
Tracy Byrd Someone to Give My Love to
Tracy Byrd Why Don’t That Telephone Ring
Shawn Camp Confessin’ My Love
Shawn Camp Fallin’ Never Felt So Good
Glen Campbell Somebody Like That
Mary Chapin Carpenter He Thinks He’ll Keep Her
Mary Chapin Carpenter The Bug
Mary Chapin Carpenter The Hard Way
Carlene Carter Every Little Thing
Carlene Carter Unbreakable Heart
Cee Cee Chapman Two Ships That Passed in the Moonlight
Kenny Chesney Whatever it Takes
Mark Chesnutt Almost Goodbye
Mark Chesnutt I Just Wanted You to Know
Mark Chesnutt It Sure is Monday
Mark Chesnutt Old Country
Andy Childs Broken
Andy Childs I Wouldn’t Know
Mark Collie Born to Love You
Mark Collie Something’s Gonna Change Her Mind
Mark Collie Shame Shame Shame Shame
Confederate Railroad She Never Cried
Confederate Railroad Trashy Women
Confederate Railroad When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back
The Corbin/Hanner Band Any Road
Bobbie Cryner Daddy Laid the Blues on Me
Bobbie Cryner He Feels Guilty
Billy Ray Cyrus In the Heart of a Woman
Billy Ray Cyrus She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore
Billy Ray Cyrus Some Gave All
Billy Ray Cyrus Somebody New
Charlie Daniels Band America, I Believe in You
Stephanie Davis It’s All in the Heart
Billy Dean I Wanna Take Care of You
Billy Dean I’m Not Built That Way
Billy Dean We Just Disagree
Desert Rose Band What About Love
Diamond Rio Oh Me, Oh My, Sweet Baby
Diamond Rio Sawmill Road
Diamond Rio This Romeo Ain’t Got Julie Yet
Joe Diffie Honky Tonk Attitude
Joe Diffie John Deere Green
Joe Diffie Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)
Dean Dillon Hot, Country, and Single
Dixiana Now You’re Talkin’
Rosie Flores Honky Tonk Moon
Charlie Floyd I’ve Fallen in Love (and I Can’t Get Up)
Radney Foster Easier Said Than Done
Radney Foster Hammer and Nails
Radney Foster Nobody Wins
Cleve Francis Walkin’
Gibson/Miller Band High Rollin’
Gibson/Miller Band Small Price
Gibson/Miller Band Texas Tattoo
Vince Gill Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Vince Gill No Future in the Past
Vince Gill One More Last Chance
Vern Gosdin Back When
Ricky Lynn Gregg Can You Feel It
Ricky Lynn Gregg If I Had a Cheatin’ Heart
Ricky Lynn Gregg Three Nickels and a Dime
Clinton Gregory Look Who’s Needing Who
Clinton Gregory Master of Illusion
Clinton Gregory Standing on the Edge of Love
Nanci Griffith Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
Emmylou Harris High Powered Love
Highway 101 You Baby You
Faith Hill Wild One
Alan Jackson Chattahoochee
Alan Jackson Mercury Blues
Alan Jackson Tonight I Climbed the Wall
George Jones High-Tech Redneck
George Jones Walls Can Fall
George Jones Wrong’s What I Do Best
Toby Keith A LIttle Less Talk and a Lot More Action
Toby Keith He Ain’t Worth Missing
Toby Keith Should’ve Been a Cowboy
The Kentucky Headhunters Dixie Fried
The Kentucky Headhunters Honky Talk Walkin’
Sammy Kershaw Haunted Heart
Sammy Kershaw Queen of My Double Wide Trailer
Sammy Kershaw She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful
Hal Ketchum Hearts are Gonna Roll
Hal Ketchum Mama Knows the Highway
Hal Ketchum Someplace Far Away (Careful What You’re Dreamin’)
Tracy Lawrence Alibis
Tracy Lawrence Can’t Break it to My Heart
Tracy Lawrence My Second Home
Chris LeDoux Every Time I Roll the Dice
Chris LeDoux For Your Love
Chris LeDoux Look at You Girl
Chris LeDoux Under This Old Hat
Little Texas God Blessed Texas
Little Texas I’d Rather Miss You
Little Texas What Might Have Been
Patty Loveless Blame it on Your Heart
Patty Loveless Nothin’ But the Wheel
Patty Loveless You Will
Shelby Lynne Feelin’ Kind of Lonely Tonight
Shelby Lynne Tell Me I’m Crazy
The Marshall Tucker Band Walk Outside the Lines
Kathy Mattea Listen to the Radio
Kathy Mattea Seeds
Kathy Mattea Standing Knee Deep in a River (Dying of Thirst)
Matthews, Wright & King I Got a Love
Matthews, Wright & King One of These Days
Martina McBride My Baby Loves Me
McBride & the Ride Hurry Sundown
McBride & the Ride Love on the Loose, Heart on the Run
McBride & the Ride No More Cryin’
Neal McCoy No Doubt About it
Reba McEntire Does He Love You (with Linda Davis)
Reba McEntire It’s Your Call
Reba McEntire The Heart Won’t Lie (with Vince Gill)
Reba McEntire They Asked About You
Tim McGraw Memory Lane
Tim McGraw Two Steppin’ Mind
Tim Mensy She Dreams
Ronnie Milsap True Believer
John Michael Montgomery Beer and Bones
John Michael Montgomery I Love the Way You Love Me
John Michael Montgomery I Swear
Lorrie Morgan Crying Time
Lorrie Morgan Half Enough
Lorrie Morgan I Guess You Had to Be There
Dude Mowrey Hold On Elroy
Dude Mowrey Maybe You Were the One
Willie Nelson Graceland
Aaron Neville The Grand Tour
Daron Norwood If it Wasn’t For Her I Wouldn’t Have You
Mark O’Connor The Devil Comes Back to Georgia
Robert Ellis Orrall A Little Bit of Her Love
Robert Ellis Orrall Every Day When I Get Home
K.T. Oslin New Way Home
Paul Overstreet Take Another Run
Lee Roy Parnell On the Road
Lee Roy Parnell Tender Moment
Dolly Parton Full Circle
Dolly Parton More Where That Come From
Dolly Parton Romeo (w/Friends)
Dolly Parton Silver Threads and Golden Needles (w/Lynn, Wynette)
Pearl River Fool to Fall
Celinda Pink Pack Your Lies and Go
Pirates of the MIssissippi Dream You
Collin Raye Somebody Else’s Moon
Collin Raye That Was a River
Collin Raye That’s My Story
Ronna Reeves He’s My Weakness
Ronna Reeves Never Let Him See Me Cry
The Remingtons Nobody Loves You When You’re Free
The Remingtons Wall Around Her Heart
Restless Heart Big Iron Horses
Restless Heart Mending Fences
Restless Heart We Got the Love
Tim Ryan Idle Hands
Sawyer Brown Thank God for You
Sawyer Brown The Boys and Me
Sawyer Brown Trouble on the Line
Ricky Van Shelton A Couple of Good Years Left
Ricky Van Shelton Just as I am
Shenandoah I Want to Be Loved Like That
Shenandoah Janie Baker’s Love Slave
Larry Stewart Alright Already
Larry Stewart I’ll Cry Tomorrow
Larry Stewart We Can Love
Lisa Stewart Drive Time
Lisa Stewart Under the Light of the Texaco
Doug Stone I Never Knew Love
Doug Stone Made for Lovin’ You
Doug Stone Why Didn’t I Think of That
George Strait Easy Come Easy Go
George Strait Heartland
George Strait I’d Like to Have That One Back
George Strait When Did You Stop Loving Me
Marty Stuart Hey Baby
Doug Supernaw Honky Tonkin’ Fool
Doug Supernaw I Don’t Call Him Daddy
Doug Supernaw Reno
Pam Tillis Cleopatra, Queen of Denial
Pam Tillis Do You Know Where Your Man is
Pam Tillis Let That Pony Run
Aaron Tippin My Blue Angel
Aaron Tippin The Call of the Wild
Aaron Tippin Workin’ Man’s Ph.D.
Randy Travis An Old Pair of Shoes
Randy Travis Cowboy Boogie
Randy Travis Wind in the Wire
Rick Trevino Just Enough Rope
Travis Tritt Looking Out for Number One
Travis Tritt Take it Easy
Travis Tritt Worth Every Mile
Tanya Tucker It’s a Little too Late
Tanya Tucker Soon
Tanya Tucker Tell Me About it (with Delbert McClinton)
Shania Twain Dance with the One That Brought You
Shania Twain What Made You Say That
Shania Twain You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me
Conway Twitty I’m the Only Thing (I’ll Hold Against You)
Uncle Tupelo The Long Cut
Clay Walker Live Until I Die
Clay Walker What’s it to You
Steve Wariner Drivin’ and Cryin’
Steve Wariner If I Didn’t Love You
Steve Wariner Like a River to the Sea
Gene Watson One and One and One
Joy White Cold Day in July
Joy White True Confessions
Lari White Lay Around and Love on You
Lari White Lead Me Not
Lari White What a Woman Wants
Hank Williams Jr. Diamond Mine
Hank Williams Jr. Everything Comes Down to Money and Love
Kelly Willis Heaven’s Just a Sin Away
Kelly Willis Whatever Way the Wind Blows
Curtis Wright If I Could Stop Lovin’ You
Michelle Wright The Change
Wynonna Is it Over Yet
Wynonna Only Love
Wynonna Tell Me Why
Trisha Yearwood Down on My Knees
Trisha Yearwood The Song Remembers When
Trisha Yearwood You Say You Will
Dwight Yoakam A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
Dwight Yoakam Ain’t That Lonely Yet
Dwight Yoakam Fast as You


  1. I’d have to give the album nod to the late Chris Ledoux.

    Meanwhile, I’m going against the grain here and honoring the one-hit-wonders, Little Texas “What Might Have Been.”

  2. This was all before I was born, but man is there some good stuff here! I’ve mentioned that Mary Chapin’s “Come On Come On” is my favorite album, and all three of her singles here are personal favorites, but Garth’s “The Chase” album is also great and “That Summer” is one of my favorites from him. Also like Dwight Yoakam’s “Fast As You” (“Aw, sucker…”), Alabama’s “Reckless”, Blackhawk’s “Goodbye Says It All”, Travis Tritt’s cover of “Take It Easy”, and all of Joe Diffie’s quirky novelties (especially “Prop Me Up…”).

    Wow, this’ll be a REALLY good list! Looking forward to it!

  3. Albums
    1. Winter Light–Linda Ronstadt
    2. The Song Remembers When–Trisha Yearwood
    3. Cowgirl’s Prayer–Emmylou Harris
    4. The Wheel–Rosanne Cash
    5. This Time–Dwight Yoakam

    1. THE SONG REMEMBERS WHEN–Trisha Yearwood
    2. AIN’T THAT LONELY YET–Dwight Yoakam
    3. HIGH POWERED LOVE–Emmylou Harris
    4. MY BABY LOVES ME–Martina McBride
    5. HONKY TONK MOON–Rosie Flores

    NOTE: With respect to my choosing Winter Light as my #1 album from 1993, most probably wouldn’t consider this album of Linda’s a “country” album, but it does include two songs that fit into a folk/country influence: “A River For Him” (written by her good pal Emmylou Harris) and “Adonde Voy” (written by Tish Hinojosa, a fellow Mexican-American female singer [and big fan of Linda’s])

  4. Singles
    1. Only Love – Wynonna (for some reason, that song always stops me in my tracks)
    2. She Used To Be Mine – Brooks & Dunn
    3. What’s It To You – Clay Walker
    4. When My Ship Comes In – Clint Black
    5. I Just Wanted You To Know – Mark Chestnutt

  5. Picking through 1993 was an almost impossible task for me. It was one of country music strongest years in my lifetime. 90’s country is what I really grew up on and what got me hooked onto country music. Narrowing down my single selection left me with 25 favorites but many, many more on this list that I still enjoy.

    No matter where my musical tastes sway in life, 90’s country will also hold a special place for me. As Rock & Roll defined the youth of many in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, country music defined me as a kid in the 1990’s. 90’s country to me will always be the genre’s greatest achievement in finding perfect balance between true artistry and mainstream appeal.

    Albums . . .
    1. Garth Brooks: In Pieces
    2. Clint Black: No Time To Kill
    3. Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When
    4. Patty Loveless: Only What I Feel
    5. Joe Diffie: Honky Tonk Attitude
    6. Tracy Lawrence: Alibis
    7. Randy Travis: Wind in the Wire
    8. Dwight Yoakam: This Time
    9. Faith Hill: Take Me as I am
    10. Sammy Kershaw: Haunted Heart

    Singles . . .
    1. State of Mind: Clint Black
    2. Chatahooche: Alan Jackson
    3. That Summer: Garth Brooks
    4. She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful: Sammy Kershaw
    5. Wind in the Wire: Randy Travis
    6. Graceland: Willie Nelson
    7. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere: Dwight Yoakam
    8. Blame it on Your Heart: Patty Loveless
    9. Mama Knows the Highway: Hal Ketchum
    10. I Love The Way You Love Me: John Michael Montgomery
    11. The Song Remembers When: Trisha Yearwood
    12. Standing Knee Deep in a River (Dying of Thirst): Kathy Mattea
    13. Take it Easy: Travis Tritt
    14. One More Last Chance: Vince Gill
    15. I Don’t Call Him Daddy: Doug Supernaw
    16. Holdin’ Heaven: Tracy Byrd
    17. John Deere Green: Joe Diffie
    18. Nobody Wins: Radney Foster
    19. Heartland: George Strait
    20. Wild One: Faith Hill
    21. She’d Give Anything: Boy Howdy
    22. Alibis: Tracy Lawrence
    23. I Swear: John Michael Montgomery
    24. I Want to Be Loved Like That: Shenandoah
    25. Does He Love You: Reba McEntire with Linda Davis

  6. my most frequently played albums listed above:
    1. Suzy Bogguss – Something Up My Sleeve
    2. various artists – Common Thread, Songs of the Eagles
    3. Anne Murray – Croonin’

    my favorite singles – too many to mention

  7. This was the year I really went country crazy too so I’m definitely looking forward to looking back. The three albums in this batch that still get a fair amount of play are Emmylou’s, Wynonna’s and the Eagles tribute (the best album of the year, in my opinion).

    My favorite singles:

    28. Reba McEntire – They Asked About You
    27. Clay Walker – What’s It to You
    26. Clay Walker – Live Until I Die
    25. Clint Black – When My Ship Comes In
    24. Mark Collie – Born to Love You
    23. McBride & the Ride – No More Cryin’
    22. Clint Black – State of Mind
    21. Billy Dean – We Just Disagree
    20. Clint Black & Wynonna – A Bad Goodbye
    19. Steve Wariner – Drivin’ and Cryin’
    18. Tanya Tucker – Soon
    17. Lee Roy Parnell – On the Road
    16. Sammy Kershaw – Haunted Heart
    15. Patty Loveless – You Will
    14. Patty Loveless – Nothin’ But the Wheel
    13. Kathy Mattea – Seeds
    12. Wynonna – Is It Over Yet
    11. George Strait – I’d Like to Have That One Back
    10. Mark Chesnutt – I Just Wanted You to Know
    09. Doug Stone – I Never Knew Love
    08. Brooks & Dunn – She Used to Be Mine
    07. Alan Jackson – Tonight I Climbed the Wall
    06. Pam Tillis – Let That Pony Run
    05. George Strait – Easy Come Easy Go
    04. Dwight Yoakam – Ain’t That Lonely Yet
    03. Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Hard Way
    02. Kathy Mattea – Standing Knee Deep in a River (Dying of Thirst)
    01. Suzy Bogguss – Hey Cinderella

    Even the novelty singles are strong (“Queen of My Double Wide Trailer” and “John Deere Green”).

  8. Being that this was before I was born, there’s a lot I’m not familiar with. But the ones I am are tremendous. A lot of my all time favorites came out of 1993. The rest that I don’t know I look forward to discovering.

    Favorite Singles (no particular order, that’s like picking a favorite child):
    Should’ve Been a Cowboy – Toby Keith
    Easy Come Easy Go – George Strait
    What Might Have Been – Little Texas
    Why Didn’t I Think of That – Doug Stone
    She Used to be Mine – Brooks & Dunn
    I Just Wanted You to Know – Mark Chesnutt

  9. It was a better year for singles than albums. I thought the Shawn Camp, Bobbie Cryner , Tracy Lawrence, Monte Warden and Trisha Yearwood albums were standouts

  10. A great year for sure but the albums were a little weaker than the singles.
    Having said that the female artist really brought it this year!
    Top 10 albums
    01. The Song Remembers When – Trisha Yearwood
    02. Bobbie Cryner – Bobbie Cryner
    03. This Time – Dwight Yoakam
    04. Only What I Feel – Patty Loveless
    05. Call Of The Wild – Aaron Tippin
    06. The Wheel – Rosanne Cash
    07. The Speed Of Grace – Matraca Berg
    08. Temptation – Shelby Lynne
    09. Soon – Tanya Tucker
    10. Lead Me Not – Lari White

    Honorable mentions: Wynonna’s ‘Tell Me Why”, Sweethearts Of The Rodeo’s ‘Rodeo Waltz’, Martina McBride’s ‘The Way That I Am’, Faith Hill’s ‘Take Me As I Am’, Shania Twain’s ‘Shania Twain’, Suzy Bogguss’ ‘Something Up My Sleeve’, Tracy Lawrence’s ‘Alibis’, John Anderson’s ‘Solid Ground’, Marty Brown’s ‘Wild Kentucky Skies’ & Kelly Willis’ ‘Kelly Willis’

    01. Standing Knee Deep In A River (Dying Of Thirst) – Kathy Mattea
    02. Ain’t That Lonely Yet – Dwight Yoakam
    03. Tonight I Climbed The Wall – Alan Jackson
    04. Daddy Laid The Blues On Me – Bobbie Cryner
    05. Let That Pony Run – Pam Tillis
    06. Alibis – Tracy Lawrence
    07. The Song Remembers When – Trisha Yearwood
    08. Hey Cinderella – Suzy Bogguss
    09. She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful – Sammy Kershaw
    10. He Thinks He’ll Keep Her – Mary Chapin Carpenter
    11. Mama Knows The Higway – Hal Ketchum
    12. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Doug Supernaw
    13. Dance With The One That Brought You – Shania Twain
    14. Soon – Tanya Tucker
    15. Just Enough Rope – Rick Trevino
    16. Fast As You – Dwight Yoakam
    17. It Must Be The Rain – Marty Brown
    18. Does He Love You – Reba McEntire
    19. Nothin’ But The Wheel – Patty Loveless
    20. Two Ships That Passed In The Moonlight – Cee Cee Chapman

  11. Interesting enough, last week I went to Bob Kingsley’s Country Countdown website, mainly to check out some old interviews that are posted to the website. Much to my great surprise, I found that some radio stations are now playing Kingsley’s old country music countdowns from the years of 1990-2005, and there was a complete archived top 30 countdown from May of 1993 posted on his website. I think I listened to the countdown at least three times while I was doing work. Comparing the music that was on that chart in 1993 to most of what’s on the current incarnation is just unfair.

    I won’t talk about too many of my favorite singles, as many of them have already been mentioned. But suffice it to say, I’m greatly looking forward to seeing what you guys write about. This was neat year for country music.

    Also…I got to give a shout out to Alabama’s “Hometown Honeymoon”, which I heard on Kingsley’s countdown and almost forgot about. It’s probably not going to make your list, and I get that….but, man, that’s a fun song to jam to. And sans the Zac Brown Band (when they’re not doing techno or grunge), no current acts puts that much fiddle in a song anymore…lol.

  12. Sadly, Leanne…they already took it down. The website only leaves up one specific countdown up for a week after it’s syndicated/played on radio stations. They do have a different one up that’s up from 2004, which still isn’t too bad (and still much better than what’s being played in 2015). I’ll leave a link for that…and keep an eye out…the chart that they post usually changes each Monday.

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