“What Might Have Been”
Written by Porter Howell, Dwayne O’Brien, and Brady Seals
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 20, 1993
A sextet kicks off a run of three consecutive No. 1 singles.
The Road to No. 1
Little Texas experienced success earlier than many bands, scoring a recording contract in 1989, just one year after establishing their name and lineup. Three years after they signed with Warner Bros., they released their debut album, First Time For Everything, which produced four top twenty hits, including the top five ballad “You and Forever and Me.”
The album would eventually sell gold after the band broke through commercially with their sophomore set, the aptly titled Big Time. Its first three singles went to No. 1, starting with the nostalgic ballad featured today.
The No. 1
“What Might Have Been” is warmly delivered and tastefully produced, with lead singer Tim Rushlow giving a heartfelt and earnest performance.
The backup harmonies don’t do much to elevate the record, and it’s easy to imagine Collin Raye knocking this out of the park with studio singers in a way that Little Texas can’t quite pull off.
Honestly, it’s the video that I remembered most when revisiting this song. I remembered all of the dialogue played over the track better than the song itself.
Still, this is the best of their three chart toppers by a wide margin.
The Road From No. 1
Unsolicited airplay preceded the release of their next single, which we’ll cover before the end of 1993.
“What Might Have Been” gets a B.
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