Every #1 Single of the Nineties: Alabama, “She Ain’t Your Ordinary Girl”

“She Ain’t Your Ordinary Girl

Alabama

Written by Robert Jason

Radio & Records

#1 (1 week)

August 25, 1995

Alabama tops the chart with a very ordinary single.

The Road to No. 1

After returning to No. 1 with the second single from Greatest Hits Vol. III, Alabama reached No. 1 with the first two singles from In Pictures.

The No. 1

In this irritatingly catchy song, a girl’s value is defined by what she ain’t.

If she was an ordinary girl, she’d apparently:

  • love carelessly
  • fall for the usual lines
  • be won over by empty promises
  • want diamonds and pearls
  • believe midnight alibis
  • indulge foolish games
  • allow lines to be crossed

Hey, if you can’t have this extraordinary girl, get yourself an ordinary one.  They apparently have no standards and you can lie, cheat, and then bribe them into complacency.

Is this how bro country got started?

The Road From No. 1

Next up for the band is a Linda Davis cover that we’ll feature toward the end of 1995.

“She Ain’t Your Ordinary Girl” gets an F.

Every No. 1 Single of the Nineties

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2 Comments

  1. In the early 90s, the Chipmunks released another country album, and many of the songs were duets with the original artist. One song was “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio”, where the schtick was Simon couldn’t deal with the grammatically incorrect title and so kept on singing “there isn’t anything wrong with the radio”.

    I’m not saying that Randy Owen in the first two choruses is Simon from the Chipmunks, however …

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  2. The boys from Fort Payne, Alabama were destined to get slapped with a failing mark at some point in this feature.

    This song is as deserving as any for that dubious honour; I don’t think Alabama themselves even knew what they were trying to go for with this song.

    It’s a mess.

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