“Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)”
Written by Jess Leary and Pam Tillis
#1 (2 weeks)
February 4 – February 11, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 27, 1995
Pam Tillis scores her biggest chart hit to date.
The Road to No. 1
After her cover of Jackie DeShannon’s “When You Walk in the Room” became her second No. 1 single, Tillis continued her momentum at radio, with her next single being her only song to top both charts.
The No. 1
“Mi Vida Loca” was everywhere in early 1995, as Tillis parlayed her CMA Female Vocalist award into high-profile appearances on network talk shows and even her own limited series on TNN.
It’s a bright and spirited number, with a relentless Bo Diddley beat and clever turns of phrase.
It will forever annoy me that the man’s tattoo says “Mi Vida Loco,” which is incorrectly gendered for the language: a male wanting to say the same thing would also tattoo “Mi Vida Loca” because loca needs to agree with vida.
But that’s a nitpick that most people probably don’t even notice!
That this is only the fourth best single from Sweetheart’s Dance and not even one Pam’s finest dozen radio hits overall speaks more to the high bar she set for her work than anything negative about “Mi Vida Loca” itself. It’s still a winning performance and delightful opening to one of the best country albums of its era.
The Road From No. 1
Pam Tillis didn’t score a No. 1 on either chart again, though she had three more No. 2’s on the Radio & Records chart: “In Between Dances,” “The River and the Highway,” and “All the Good Ones are Gone.” Tillis also went top ten with “Deep Down,” the lead single from her All of This Love set that also featured “Highway,” and she went top five with “Land of the Living,” which joined “Good Ones” as one of the two new tracks from her platinum-selling Greatest Hits set.
A change in label leadership contributed to a downturn at radio for her. Her two final hits were the lead singles from her final two Arista albums. Every Time produced the top fifteen hit “I Said a Prayer,” and Thunder & Roses produced the top thirty hit, “Please.”
Tillis released a tribute album to her dad on Sony Records, before moving on to the independent world. Her solo output has been limited to a 2005 Christmas album and two critically acclaimed studio albums: Rhinestoned (2007) and Looking For a Feeling (2020.) She’s toured alongside Lorrie Morgan for more than a decade now and released two albums with her, and is also currently touring as part of the Chicks With Hits package alongside Suzy Bogguss and Terri Clark.
Tillis will be the first artist featured in our new upcoming series Ranked, where every song from a given artist is ranked from worst to best. Look for that to launch in the coming days,
“Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)” gets a B+.
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