Written by Steve Bogard and Jeff Stevens
#1 (3 weeks)
August 10 – August 24, 1996
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
July 26 – August 9, 1996
George Strait’s mid-nineties hot streak continues.
The Road to No. 1
Strait’s on a roll, with three consecutive No. 1 singles from Blue Clear Sky. Following the title track, “Carried Away” did even better than its predecessor, spending an exceedingly rare three weeks at No. 1 on the Radio & Records chart without benefitting from a holiday chart freezing.
The No. 1
How hot was George Strait by 1996?
He won three CMA Awards shortly after “Carried Away” topped the charts, taking home trophies for Single of the Year (“Check Yes or No”), Album of the Year (Blue Clear Sky), and Male Vocalist of the Year.
The following fall, he’d be nominated with two different songs in the Single of the Year category, including “Carried Away.”
Back in the day, I thought this was the weakest single from Blue Clear Sky and was baffled by it being the most successful release from the album, let alone getting award show notices.
26 years later, I’m not sure what I was thinking back then. This ballad is immaculate. Flawlessly produced and performed, “Carried Away” is also stronger lyrically than I recalled, perhaps because the feather line in the chorus always threw me off. I somehow missed how beautifully the verses set up that chorus, giving grounding to the flight that takes off when it rolls around.
Maybe I’m just getting more sentimental with time, but a beautifully delivered love song that celebrates the power of a good loving woman? Nobody of his generation – hell, of most generations – does that better than George Strait. (Conway Twitty still existed though, so I can’t give him the all-time award.)
The Road From No. 1
A haunting rodeo ballad followed “Carried Away” to the top, and we’ll cover it before the end of 1996.
“Carried Away” gets an A.