Every #1 Single of the Nineties: Little Texas, “My Love”

“My Love”

Little Texas

Written by Tommy Barnes, Porter Howell, and Brady Seals

Billboard

#1 (2 weeks)

April 2 – April 9, 1994

Radio & Records

#1 (1 week)

April 1, 1994

What was that title again?

The Road to No. 1

As noted before, Little Texas scored their only three No. 1 hits consecutively. We’ve mercifully reached the end of that streak.

The No. 1

There are some songs from the nineties that I liked at the time, but haven’t aged so well.  Most of them were either novelty records or maudlin ballads, the two types of records that usually age the worst.

But some records I knew were God awful at the time.

“My Love” was mind-numbingly terrible when it was released, and it’s just as terrible in retrospect.

I’m sorry, but there are no redeeming qualities here. It’s poorly sung and blandly produced, but Trisha Yearwood and Garth Fundis couldn’t have saved this one.

“My love. Are you ready for my love, my love? My love, my love is ready for you.”

This went number one on April Fool’s Day, but the joke was on us.

The Road From No. 1

Little Texas scored a handful of additional hits from their next two projects, most notably “Kick a Little,” “Amy’s Back in Austin,” and “Life Goes On.”  Brady Seals exited the lineup in 1995 and pursued solo projects, but they didn’t go anywhere, and neither did the band’s efforts following their mid-decade Greatest Hits project.

“My Love” gets an F.

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5 Comments

  1. The stunning consistency and almost unanimous brilliance of the number one hits from the earliest years of this decade all but guaranteed we would get to the lowly point we have now reached. Going forward, creative consistency gives way to wild fluctuations in artistry. The extreme highs now come with their inevitable corollaries of rock bottom performances, even at the top of the charts.

    Stephen H’s link perfectly captures the risk the musical content of these musical low points pose to our ears. Little Texas’ “My Love” should come with a warning that contents are anything but hot. Yet, somehow this over-sweetened, sticky goo still sticks in our ears the way hot apple pie filling sticks to the roof of your mouth.

    It’s awful.

  2. But seriously, as apparently the resident Little Texas apologist, I would rate this slightly higher than “God Blessed Texas” assuming that the lyrics are intended to be read as follows:
    “My love
    Are you ready for my love, My Love?
    My love, My Love, is ready for you”

    As if the object of affection’s name is “My Love”.

    I’m sure Tim Rushlow heard the song and was like, “You know what, you wrote this, you can sing this.”

    I would have rated their three number ones A, F, and C-, respectively, but that’s just me.

  3. Oh God Stephen! Hot Apple Pie! I had (mercifully) forgotten about that group and that song till you posted that link. THANKS A LOT.

    For the most part I liked the LT singles sung by Tim Rushlow a lot better, honestly.

  4. Yeah, I should have put a content warning before the link.

    The worst part is I actually liked that song as a guilty pleasure when it first came out. Thankfully my tastes have changed.

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