“How Your Love Makes Me Feel”
Written by Max T. Barnes and Trey Bruce
#1 (3 weeks)
September 27 – October 11, 1997
Diamond Rio’s final No. 1 single of the decade is a winner.
The Road to No. 1
After earning their fifth No. 1 hit with “Walkin’ Away,” Diamond Rio produced three more hits from their IV album: the top five “That’s What I Get For Lovin’ You” and “Holdin’,” and the top fifteen “It’s All in Your Head.” The band then previewed their Greatest Hits set with the longest-running Billboard No. 1 single of their career.
The No. 1
“How Your Love Makes Me Feel” is a gloriously infectious record, all earworms and layered harmonies and rapid fire delivery of the lyrics. The musicianship is first rate and showcases them as a band better than any single since “Meet in the Middle” put them on the map six years earlier.
Diamond Rio made many great records in between, of course, but this is such a purely Diamond Rio Diamond Rio record. It’s witty without being corny, and sentimental without being cloying.
You could drop this on the radio today and it would still stand out in its fresh approach and crackling intensity.
After “Middle,” this is the best No. 1 single of their career.
The Road from No. 1
The second single from Greatest Hits, the Bryan White co-write “Imagine That,” went top five. The band then released their best single, “You’re Gone,” as the lead single from their fifth studio album, Unbelievable. It went top five, as did the title track right afterward. These were their last major hits of the decade, but they’d return in the 2000s with three more No. 1 singles, all of which will be covered when we go through the No. 1 singles of that decade.
“How Your Love Makes Me Feel” gets an A.
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