#10 Deana Carter, “Strawberry Wine” Debut: August 17, 1996/Peak: #1 Carter’s sandpaper voice was a perfect complement to the bittersweet nostalgia of this classic hit . The song made Carter an instant star,
The Fifty Best Debut Singles of All-Time Part 4: #20-#11 #20 Freddy Fender, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” Debut: January 11, 1975/Peak: #1 Fender was poised to break through as a Latino rocker, until
The Fifty Best Debut Singles of All-Time Part 2: #40-#31 #40 John Michael Montgomery, “Life’s a Dance” Debut: October 3, 1992/Peak: #4 Quite possibly the perfect early nineties country song, with an arrangement and
Although it became a somewhat more frequent occurrence over the past two decades, it’s always been exceptionally rare for a country artist to hit with their very first single. But sometimes, lightning strikes, and a
My 2005 list was dominated by established female artists returning to greatness, and this year’s list complements it well, as 2006 is dominated by male artists either reaching new artistic heights or returning to them.
As much as we love new music, reissues and compilations are what ultimately record the history of country music. Greatest Hits albums remain in print long after most studio albums have been cut out, while