“Believe Me Baby (I Lied)“
Written by Larry Gotleib, Angelo Petraglia, and Kim Richey
#1 (2 weeks)
October 12 – October 19, 1996
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
October 4, 1996
A stunningly creative chart-topper from Trisha Yearwood.
The Road to No. 1
After back-to-back No. singles from Thinkin’ About You, the album produced the top thirty hit “You Can Sleep While I Drive” and the top ten “I Wanna Go Too Far.” After “On a Bus to St. Cloud” received minor airplay at both country and AC radio, Yearwood previewed her fifth studio album, Everybody Knows, with her sixth No. 1 single.
The No. 1
Kim Richey originally intended to record this song herself, but when her second album went in a different creative direction, she offered it up to Trisha Yearwood.
I don’t even need to paint the picture for you about how fresh and original this record sounded in 1996 because it still sounds just as fresh and original today. It seamlessly incorporates elements of sixties pop and nineties country, as Yearwood continues to build the legacy that would brand her one of the all-time great country vocalists.
Richey herself lends her trademark harmonies to the track, which further elevates an already excellent performance from Yearwood. Garth Fundis’ production is masterful, demonstrating his ability to make each Yearwood album sound distinctively different from its predecessor without ever compromising her signature sound or her impeccably good taste in material.
Everything that Yearwood gets right on this No. 1 record demonstrates what so many other (male) radio artists were getting wrong at the same time: Yes, you can have a massive radio hit that stands out among the rest. You don’t need to sand off all of the edges or operate out of timid fear when picking a single to send to country stations.
While the men were drowning in mediocrity, the women were soaring above it all, and few were able to fly as high as Yearwood in 1996.
The Road From No. 1
Everybody Knows followed its lead single with its title track, a gem co-written by Matraca Berg that went top five. After “I Need You” went top forty, Yearwood prepared her first hits collection, which would end up a massive seller and produced three No. hits. We’ll start covering them in the summer of 1997.
“Believe Me Baby (I Lied)” gets an A.
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