“The Heart Won’t Lie”
Reba McEntire & Vince Gill
Written by Kim Carnes and Donna Terry Weiss
#1 (2 weeks)
April 10 – April 17, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 9, 1993
Two country superstars deliver a power pop ballad.
The Road to No. 1
“The Heart Won’t Lie” kicked off another three consecutive No. 1 singles for Reba McEntire, following the top five success of “Take it Back,” the lead single from her album It’s Your Call. Vince Gill was in the middle of a much longer string of chart-toppers, with “Heart” being the fourth of ten straight visits to the top.
The No. 1
Forget “Does He Love You.” This is McEntire’s real diva vocal battle.
“The Heart Won’t Lie” is an eighties power pop ballad masquerading as a nineties country song, with just enough steel guitar and twangy vocals to distract from the opaque lyrics and bombastic chorus.
And that’s totally fine by me. It makes for an entertaining showcase of two incredibly distinctive vocal powerhouses.
Vince Gill was already the best harmony singer to come along since Emmylou Harris, so his strong support throughout the track was inevitable. But he shows off a bit himself on his verse, not quite matching Reba’s vocal acrobatics but doing a few cartwheels and handsprings of his own.
Then there’s that epic video homage to An Officer and a Gentleman, which brought the whole “this record is a major event” vibe to another level.
All in all, it’s an entertaining superstar flex from two Hall of Famers who were quite aware just how big they – and country music – had become by 1993.
The Road From No. 1
As noted above, more chart toppers are on the way from both artists this year.
“The Heart Won’t Lie” gets a B+.
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