“(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing“
Written by Mark D. Sanders and Tim Nichols
#1 (1 week)
April 5, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 28, 1997
Trace Adkins earns the first of two nineties No. 1 hits.
The Road to No. 1
Trace Adkins was born and raised in Louisiana, and like many new nineties stars before him, he pursued both sports and music before finally settling on the latter. He played the local clubs in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas for many years before finally moving to Nashville in 1992. He signed to Capitol Records and released Dreamin’ Out Loud in 1996. His debut single, “There’s a Girl in Texas,” went top twenty. His second hit, “Every Light in the House,” went top five, setting the stage for the final two singles from his debut album to go No. 1.
The No. 1
“Every Light in the House” is a masterpiece, and would easily get an A if it had made it to the top.
“(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” isn’t of quite the same caliber, but it has enough elements that work to make it a success. Key among them is Adkins’ deep baritone voice, which stood out among the young wave of B-list new traditionalists who often sounded like shaving was still many years away.
Also effective is the steel guitar hook, which is distinctive enough to distinguish itself from the rote arrangements that were accompanying most of the hat acts by this point of the decade.
The Road From No. 1
Adkins kept the momentum going with his next single, which we will cover later in 1997.
“(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” gets a B+.
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