“He’s Got You”
Brooks & Dunn
Written by Ronnie Dunn and Terry McBride
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 16, 1998
Brooks & Dunn go to No. 1 with a new spin on a familiar idea.
The Road to No. 1
Following the No. 1 single “A Man This Lonely,” a fifth and final single from Borderline went top ten: “Why Would I Say Goodbye.” Brooks & Dunn then pulled two singles from The Greatest Hits Collection: the top five “Honky Tonk Truth” and the No. 1 entry, “He’s Got You.”
The No. 1
You can’t copyright a title. After Patsy Cline released the classic hit “She’s Got You,” the same idea tempted later songwriters. Ronnie Milsap went to No. 1 in 1982 with “He Got You.” Sixteen years later, Brooks & Dunn restored the ‘s and went to No. 1 with “He’s Got You.”
Ronnie Dunn is one of the few male vocalists who is credibly in the company of Cline as a singer, and “He’s Got You” inspires one of his strongest and most passionate performances. He does heartache better than just about anybody, and the record reverberates with lonesome misery.
Lyrically, it’s not on the same level as “She’s Got You,” which makes its derivative nature more obvious than it would have been otherwise. This one’s all about the delivery.
The Road From No. 1
Brooks & Dunn will close out their nineties run of No. 1 singles with three more chart-toppers, and we’ll cover all of them by the end of 1998.
“He’s Got You” gets a B+.
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