“Honey, I’m Home”
Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain
#1 (1 week)
October 31, 1998
Shania Twain earns her eighth and most recent No. 1 country single.
The Road to No. 1
Come On Over produced four No. 1 singles on the country charts, and this is the last one, following “Love Gets Me Every Time,” “You’re Still the One,” and “From This Moment On.”
The No. 1
Upon the release of Come On Over, Shania Twain had identified “Honey, I’m Home” as the song on the album that was written specifically for fans of “Any Man of Mine.”
It serves as an effective sequel to that smash hit, with Twain having found the man that meets her standards, and she’s ensuring that he continues to support her through their marriage.
We get some fun role reversal lines here, as a working woman asks for her husband to “rub my feet, give me something to eat, fix me up my favorite treat.” The chorus leans heavily into that aspect of the song, but the verses are distinctly female, as her stressful day includes a run in her pantyhose and a broken nail, causing her frustration to be so great that it “could be worse than PMS.”
The arrangement is very derivative of “Any Man of Mine,” with the arena rock drums in each verse and the warm fiddle and steel drenching each chorus. It’s really the only song on Come On Over that could be dropped as is on to The Woman in Me and fit perfectly within that earlier album. So her final No. 1 country single is a full circle moment that connects it back to her first No. 1 hit from three years earlier.
The Road From No. 1
Come On Over didn’t produce another No. 1 country hit, but it broke several more records. It became the biggest-selling album by a country artist or by a female artist of any genre. “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and the title track all went top ten; “You’ve Got a Way” and “I’m Holdin’ On to Love (To Save My Life)” went top twenty; and “Rock This Country” went top thirty. Come On Over is still the only album to produce eight top ten hits, ten top twenty hits, and eleven top thirty hits. Because the album lost the Best Country Album Grammy to the Chicks, the singles and songs from the album were eligible for two Grammy cycles, giving Twain a total of nine nominations and four wins from Come On Over. She also won her only competitive CMA Award on the strength of the album and its accompanying tour, becoming the first woman in thirteen years to win Entertainer of the Year, presented by the previous female winner, Reba McEntire.
Her next album, Up!, was her third consecutive diamond-selling album, and produced three top ten country hits: “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!,” Forever and For Always,” and “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face.” “Always” is also her most recent No. 1 single on the AC chart. Following a high-selling Greatest Hits project that produced the top ten Billy Currington duet “Party For Two,” Twain took a long hiatus, eventually resurfacing in the late 2010s with Now, which topped both the pop and country album charts. She recently completed another Vegas residency, and was elected into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.
“Honey, I’m Home” gets a B+.
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