“Thinkin’ About You”
Written by Bob Regan and Tom Shapiro
#1 (2 weeks)
April 1 – April 8, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 24, 1995
A stunning vocal performance elevates a simple love song into a nineties classic.
The Road to No. 1
Trisha Yearwood earned consecutive No. 1 singles for the first time in her career, following “XXX’s and OOO’s” with another No. 1 hit.
The No. 1
“Thinkin’ About You” is a simple, solidly written love song that would’ve been good by any artist. Trisha Yearwood, with the help of Garth Fundis and Lee Roy Parnell, made it a classic.
Yearwood gives her most nuanced and deliberate vocal performance to date, creating a simmering slow burn that leans into the lyric’s description of a love that keeps pushing to the front of her mind while she’s trying to get things done. As her vocals get stronger throughout the song’s progression, a minor distraction becomes a major obsession that can’t find release until she picks up the phone: “I know it’s crazy calling you this late, when the only thing I wanted to say is I’ve been thinkin’ about you.”
Fundis keeps the arrangement mellow throughout, with Lee Roy Parnell’s slide guitar cutting through the arrangement, just like that persistent thought Yearwood is singing about. It’s a masterfully crafted record, with every element contributing to the intensity of feeling that the song is about.
For those of us paying close attention back in 1995, this was when it became clear that Yearwood was going to deliver on the early promise shown by “She’s in Love With the Boy,” “The Song Remembers When,” and Hearts in Armor, and that she would take her inevitable place among the all-time greats.
The Road From No. 1
Thinkin’ About You produced one more top ten single – “I Wanna Go Too Far” – as well as two very strong ballads that radio failed to embrace: “You Can Sleep While I Drive,” a Melissa Etheridge cover that went top thirty, and “On a Bus to St. Cloud,” a Gretchen Peters masterpiece that missed the top forty. Thankfully, radio embraced Yearwood’s boldest lead single yet. That preview of her fifth studio album will top the charts in 1996.
“Thinkin’ About You” gets an A.
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