“Love a Little Stronger”
Written by Billy Crittenden, Chuck Jones, and Gregory Swint
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 12, 1994
Diamond Rio returns to the top for the first time in two years.
The Road to No. 1
Following the No. 1 hit “Norma Jean Riley,” Diamond Rio produced an additional top ten hit with “Nowhere Bound.” Their sophomore set, Closer to the Edge, produced the top five hits “In a Week or Two” and “Oh Me, Oh My, Sweet Baby.” The next two singles became their first two releases to miss the top ten, but they bounced back with the title track and lead single of their third album.
The No. 1
“Love a Little Stronger” is very competent.
The harmonies are solid, the musicianship is up to their usual high standard, and the song itself is warm and endearing.
It’s not anything particularly special, though. It sounds like exactly what it was: a safe and radio-friendly effort designed to get them back in heavy rotation.
I’d call it the least memorable of their No. 1 singles.
The Road From No. 1
Another top ten hit followed from the album, “Night is Fallin’ in My Heart,” and then another two singles missed the top ten: the noxious “Bubba Hyde” and the glorious “Finish What We Started.” We’ll see Diamond Rio again with the lead-off single from their creatively titled fourth album, IV.
“Love a Little Stronger” gets a B.
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