Every No. 1 Single of the Nineties: Kenny Chesney, “How Forever Feels”

“How Forever Feels”

Kenny Chesney

Written by Wendell Mobley and Tony Mullins


#1 (6 weeks)

March 27 – May 1, 1999

Radio & Records

#1 (3 weeks)

March 19 – April 3, 1999

Kenny Chesney matches the longest No. 1 run of the decade so far.

The Road to No. 1

After “That’s Why I’m Here” went to No. 1, the title track from I Will Stand went top thirty.  Chesney led off his next album, Everywhere We Go, with two consecutive No. 1 hits.

The No. 1

“How Forever Feels” is another prototypical Kenny Chesney record, as he starts to hint at the island-flavored style that would define his most popular work in the coming years.

It’s all in good fun, with some humorous references to Jimmy Buffett and Richard Petty, all culminating in a wedding proposal that he is anxiously anticipating:

Saved two months, bought a little diamondTonight’s the night, feels like perfect timin’Down on one knee on momma’s front stepsMan, I’m gonna die if she really says “yes”I wanna know how forever feels

There’s a youthful exuberance here that is highly contagious, making this one of his most entertaining records yet.

The Road From No. 1

Chesney has one more No. 1 hit from Everywhere We Go on deck.  We’ll cover it later in 1999.

“How Forever Feels” gets a B+.

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1 Comment

  1. I appreciate the exuberance and excitement of this record. It is fun, especially the line, “Man, I’m really gonna die if she says, “yes”.”

    Yet, it hints it many aspects of what I will ultimately dislike most about much of his later output.

    Man, I sound like a crank, as if this is some sort of gateway-country!

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