Written by Tommy Lee James and Cynthia Weil
#1 (1 week)
January 23, 1999
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 8, 1999
Martina McBride’s third No. 1 single is the first chart topper of 1999.
The Road to No. 1
After “A Broken Wing” became her second No. 1 single, Martina McBride went top five with “Happy Girl.” The hits kept coming from Evolution, with the album’s fourth single returning her to the top.
The No. 1
When people think of Martina McBride ballads, they think of her hitting all those big power notes.
But she was also quite good at quieter ballads that were delicately delivered. She demonstrated this as early as her second single, “That’s Me,” and on many excellent deep cuts, like “All the Things We’ve Never Done” and “Some Say I’m Running.” “Wrong Again” was the most success she had with this style at radio.
It’s a sad song at its core, but it ends on an optimistic note, as she eventually finds love again, leaving the wounded pain of her failed relationship behind. She demonstrates that resilience comes in many forms, and doesn’t always require burning the house down. Keep those matches handy, though.
The Road From No. 1
Evolution produced an additional top five hit with “Whatever You Say,” which helped push the album past the triple platinum mark. McBride’s next single would be her longest run at the top. We’ll cover it later in 1999.
“Wrong Again” gets a B+.
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