“Carrying Your Love With Me”
Written by Steve Bogard and Jeff Stevens
#1 (4 weeks)
July 19 – August 9, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (4 weeks)
July 4 – July 25, 1997
George Strait arrives with the summer’s other megahit.
The Road to No. 1
Strait’s enjoying his strongest period of radio dominance, with this being the second multi-week No. 1 from his Carrying Your Love With Me album.
The No. 1
“Carrying Your Love With Me” is a simple song about how well love travels. Yes, that’s an intentional Kathy Mattea reference, who released a more ambitious exploration of this same theme that year which was largely passed over by country radio.
Strait’s effort is still good, with a catchy hook that ingratiates itself with repeated listens. Once again, a composition that would’ve been radio filler in lesser hands becomes a captivating listen because of Strait’s peerless phrasing skills.
Still, it’s so much more satisfying when the material lives up to the talent. Thankfully, it will do so on his next No. 1 single, which we’ll see before the end of the year.
The Road From No. 1
As noted above, he’s got another No. 1 single on the way, and it’s the only one that fell short of the top on the Billboard listing, despite it being the best single from the album.
“Carrying Your Love With Me” gets a B+.
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