Every #1 Country Single of the Eighties: Hank Williams Jr., “Mind Your Own Business”

“”Mind Your Own Business”

Hank Williams Jr.

Written by Hank Williams


#1 (2 weeks)

December 27, 1986 – January 3, 1987

Hank Williams Jr. closes out 1986 with another hit cover of one of his dad’s classic compositions.

“Mind Your Own Business” is extra entertaining thanks to the cast of uncredited vocalists, all of whom deserved to be officially billed.  Reba McEntire shines the brightest on her verse, while Tom Petty, Reverend Ike, and Willie Nelson keep the party going with their turns at the mic.

It all sounds fresh and current, with Hank Jr. reviving an old honky tonk song and infusing it with some pure eighties attitude.

A fun and entertaining record that previews Hank Jr.’s upcoming award show run, where he’ll finally be acknowledged for his success with some major hardware from both country organizations.

“Mind Your Own Business” gets a B+.

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  1. When people and music magazines such as Billboard count female number one hits they never include this one for Reba. Counting it it ties Reba with Dolly at 25 Billboard number one hits. Great song, I’d give it an A!

  2. This has always been one of my favorite Hank Jr. singles.

    I really wish sometimes that he’d hung it up after this single’s parent album, though.

  3. It is so cool that Hank Jr. Could hit so confidently with one of his father’s hits after having spent so much time and energy climbing out of his dad’s shadow as a young artist.

    Hank Jr. Was was hotter than concrete in July in Houston at this point of his career, and he was doing it by bridging disparate generations and sub-genres of country music.

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