“Any Man of Mine“
Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain
#1 (2 weeks)
July 22- July 29, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
July 7, 1995
The top selling female artist in country music history scores her first No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
Shania Twain was born and raised in Canada, and was singing in clubs from an early age. After a tragic car accident claimed the lives of both of her parents, she took responsibility for her younger siblings and performed locally to augment the family income. Eventually, she pursued a recording deal, signing with Mercury Nashville. She was packaged with two other new artists – Toby Keith and John Brannen – and toured with them throughout 1993.
Her debut album, Shania Twain, produced two singles that missed the top forty – “What Made You Say That” and “Dance With the One That Brought You.” However, the album would eventually sell platinum, powered by the success of her next two releases. Twain’s future husband, production legend Robert John “Mutt” Lange, saw one of her videos and reached out to work with her. They were soon joined together professionally and personally, and new label head Luke Lewis recognized the potential of the combination, giving the veteran producer and developing artist full creative control of her second album.
Released in early 1995, The Woman in Me launched with “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” which just missed the Billboard top ten. The next single exploded at radio.
The No. 1
“Any Man of Mine” felt like a sonic boom going off at country radio when it was released.
It wasn’t just the sound, which had the audacity to use stadium drum beats that had only appeared on country club remixes. It was the joy and defiance that co-existed in everything about the record, from the humorously demanding lyrics to the juxtaposition of those rock beats with front and center fiddle and steel.
In some ways it was the inverse of the nineties country radio formula up until that point, which usually saved the country instrumentation for the verses and the beats for the choruses. It all underscored the role reversal embedded in the song’s concept, with the wants and needs of the woman in the relationship being centered and the man being a worthwhile option if and only if her conditions are met. If not, she’ll be just fine by herself, thank you very much.
There’s even a coda that serves both as a satire of the line dance craze and a legitimate version of one of them, with Twain rapping over the beat like an eighties MC.
With all of its borrowed parts, “Any Many of Mine” still signaled the arrival of something entirely new. From this moment on, women will commercially dominate country music as much as they were already dominating it creatively.
The Road From No. 1
The next single, “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You),” went top twenty, and it was followed by three consecutive No. 1 singles, all of which we will cover in 1996.
“Any Man of Mine” gets an A.