Every No. 1 Single of the Nineties: Collin Raye, “Someone You Used to Know”

“Someone You Used to Know”

Collin Raye

Written by Rory Feek and Tim Johnson

Radio & Records

#1 (3 weeks)

December 18, 1998 – January 1, 1999

Collin Raye earns his final No. 1 single to date.

The Road to No. 1

Collin Raye’s fifth studio album, The Walls Came Down, launched with his final two No. 1 hits to date.  “Someone You Used to Know” followed lead single “I Can Still Feel You” to the top.

The No. 1

The conceit of this song, as well as its title, have popped up every few years in popular music.  The Collin Raye spin on the idea might be the most dramatic, in that he gets told right to his face that he’s just someone that his former lover used to know.

It’s right in his heartbreak wheelhouse, and he keeps the vocal histrionics in check, making for one of his better midtempo efforts.

Of course it’s not a stone cold country classic like the Porter & Dolly duet, or as musically innovative as the Gotye and Kimbra collaboration that was still a few years down the road.  But it’s a good, solid effort that closes out the chart-topping run of one of the decade’s most consistently successful vocalists.

The Road From No. 1

The Walls Came Down produced two more hits: the top five “Anyone Else” and the top forty “Start Over Georgia.”  It became his final gold album.  Tracks followed in 2000, producing his final top five hit to date, “Couldn’t Last a Moment.”  The album’s other two singles missed the top forty.  His final album for Sony, Can’t Back Down, produced one minor chart hit.  Since then, Raye has remained a popular draw on the nineties nostalgia circuit, and he has continued to record for independent labels, releasing both country and contemporary Christian albums.

“Someone You Used to Know” gets a B+.

Every No. 1 Single of the Nineties

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1 Comment

  1. Probably my favorite Collin Raye single behind his two signature ballads. He restrains himself nicely and the production is crisp and more traditional than a lot of his output. Plus, kicking off the major career of Rory Feek is a win in my book.

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