“Boot Scootin’ Boogie”
Brooks & Dunn
Written by Ronnie Dunn
#1 (4 weeks)
August 1- August 22, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
July 31, 1992
Brooks & Dunn kick off the line dance craze.
The Road to No. 1
Brooks & Dunn’s first three singles were chart-toppers. The fourth release was originally a B-side, but it ended up their longest-running No. 1 hit from Brand New Man.
The No. 1
Ever since I knew I was writing about “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” it’s been stuck in my head. Non-stop. On a loop.
So it’s not surprising to me at all that this catchy hit launched their already hot career into the stratosphere. It was aided by a line dance and a countrified remix that started the trend of uptempo country songs getting line dances and remixes.
It has enough specificity in its description of the dancehall tavern to be more than just a novelty number. It needn’t shoulder the blame for the mediocrity that its massive success inspired. It’s the perfect country dance number and worthy of its classic status.
The Road From No. 1
After “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” Brooks & Dunn scored an additional top ten hit from their debut album, with Kix Brooks taking lead vocalist duties on “Lost and Found.” The duo then previewed their sophomore set, going top five with the title track of Hard Workin’ Man. That set would also produce some chart-toppers, including its second single, which we’ll cover when we get to the summer of 1993.
“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” gets an A.
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