“To Be Loved By You“
Written by Gary Burr and Mike Reid
#1 (1 week)
April 6, 1996
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 22, 1996
Wynonna’s most recent No. 1 single tops both charts.
The Road to No. 1
After “Only Love” went No. 1, Tell Me Why produced three more hit singles: the top ten “Is it Over Yet,” the top five “Rock Bottom,” and the top ten “Girls With Guitars.” Wynonna then took a hiatus to give birth to her first child. She returned in 1996 with “To Be Loved By You,” the lead single from her third solo album, revelations.
The No. 1
Wynonna’s third solo album is moody and atmospheric, reflecting her contemplative state of mind when recording it.
“To Be Loved By You” represents the album well. It’s a beautiful ballad of undying love and commitment, and features an understated vocal from the powerful singer.
It sets the tone perfectly for revelations, which turns her focus inward and doesn’t engage with the country radio trends of the day. It’s a testament to her star power that one of the singles from the album got to No. 1, though radio unfortunately did not stay on board for the duration of the album cycle.
The Road From No. 1
After “To Be Loved By You,” MCA released “Heaven Help My Heart,” a Tina Arena cover that went top fifteen. The next two singles, “My Angel is Here” and “Somebody to Love You,” both missed the top forty, and Wynonna exited the MCA label. Her next release, The Other Side, went gold and produced the top fifteen hits “When Love Starts Talkin'” and “Come Some Rainy Day.” Her fifth album, New Day Dawning, produced the top forty hit, “Can’t Nobody Love You Like I Do,” and featured a bonus CD featuring four tracks from the Judds.
Her 2003 album, What the World Needs Now is Love, went to No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and produced her most recent top twenty hit, “What the World Needs,” as well as a dance club hit with “I Want to Know What Love is.” Wynonna has continued to record and tour, most recently with the Big Noise. As a member of the Judds, Wynonna was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2022.
“To Be Loved By You” gets a B+.
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