“Not a Moment Too Soon”
Written by Joe Barnhill and Wayne Perry
#1 (2 weeks)
January 14 – January 21, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 6, 1995
Tim McGraw earns the first No. 1 single of 1995 as we enter the second half of the decade.
The Road to No. 1
Tim McGraw’s wildly popular sophomore album was matched by strong radio success. After “Don’t Take the Girl” became his first No. 1 single, “Down On the Farm” went top five. For the fourth release from the album, Curb chose the title track.
The No. 1
This meandering, mediocre ballad made it to No. 1 on pure McGraw momentum.
Not a Moment Too Soon was an album heavy on hooks and light on quality material. McGraw simply didn’t have the standing to demand top drawer songs from the Nashville songwriting community yet, and it shows here.
He does his best to sell it, but his skills as an interpreter would also grow as his material got stronger with time.
This is like listening to a Reba McEntire record from the Mercury years. You know you’re listening to an eventual Country Music Hall of Famer, but they haven’t started making the music that’ll get them there yet.
The Road From No. 1
“Refried Dreams” was the final single from Not a Moment Too Soon, and it went top five. McGraw then released the lead single from his third album, which would be the first of many long-running No. 1 singles for McGraw. We’ll cover it later in 1995.
“Not a Moment Too Soon” gets a C-.
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