“You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody”
Written by Steve Clark and Johnny MacRae
#1 (1 week)
February 24, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 11, 1995
A heartbreaker that showcases Strait’s unique interpretive abilities.
The Road to No. 1
George Strait launched Lead On with the No. 1 single “The Big One.” He earned another chart topper with the second release from the album.
The No. 1
“You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody” is a great example of what separates George Strait from the sea of imitators that he’s inspired since his arrival on the country music scene over forty years ago.
It doesn’t have the strongest melody, and the chorus would’ve been clunky if delivered by a singer with less capability than Strait. What it does have is a compelling storyline that hasn’t been told a million times before, and Strait delivers it with a sense of deep empathy for both parties of this dinner scene as an earnest marriage proposal ends in rejection.
As I’ve written before, there is something truly special about the Lead On project, which I consider Strait’s strongest album of the nineties. Strait choosing to open the album with this heartbreaking ballad sets the tone for what’s to come, and is a far better representation of the album’s quality than the lead single.
The Road From No. 1
Lead On produced two more singles in 1995: the top five “Adalida” and the top ten title track. Strait then previewed his career-spanning box set with the single that would return him to the winner’s circle at the 1996 CMA Awards. We’ll cover it at the end of 1995.
“You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody” gets an A.
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