“I Still Believe in You”
Written by Vince Gill and John Barlow Jarvis
#1 (2 weeks)
September 5 – September 12, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 28, 1992
Vince Gill becomes a bona fide superstar.
The Road to No. 1
Gill already had two major CMA Awards under his belt by the time he recorded his third MCA album, I Still Believe in You. While his two previous albums for the label had each produced only one No. 1 hit, things kicked into a higher gear with this third set, which sent five singles to the penthouse.
The No. 1
“I Still Believe in You” is one of Gill’s finest ballads, a heartfelt mea culpa for getting distracted by fame and fortune, and the responsibilities and expectations that come with those blessings.
“Give me a chance to prove,” he plaintively promises, “and I’ll make it up to you.” What follows is a recommitment to a marriage that he values above all of his newfound success, and it’s a perfect fit for Gill’s particular way with a ballad. The man radiates sincerity with every note.
It’s pure perfection, from start to finish.
The Road From No. 1
This became Gill’s third consecutive victory for CMA Song of the Year, and set the groundwork for its parent album to be his top-selling studio set. We’ll see the next four singles from Gill in this feature, with a bonus chart-topper featuring a fellow Okie in the middle of the run.
“I Still Believe in You” gets an A.
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