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Essential 80’s: #25-#1

August 5, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 9

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 8: #25-#1 #25 “A Little Good News” Anne Murray 1984 Peak: #1 Murray took home CMA Single of the Year with her surprisingly topical record wishing for better, more uplifting

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Essential 80’s: #50-#26

July 29, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 7: #50-#26 #50 “She and I” Alabama 1986 Peak: #1 Upon its release, this was one of the freshest-sounding singles on the radio. Alabama sound absolutely rejuvenated, as if finding

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Essential 80’s: #75-#51

July 9, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 3

#75 “I Did” Patty Loveless 1987 Peak: #56 The first album by Patty Loveless was a scattered affair, as she searched for a style she could call her own. Interestingly, it was this single she

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Essential 80’s: #100-#76

June 27, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 5: #100-#76 #100 “Tennessee Homesick Blues” Dolly Parton 1984 Peak: #1 Parton sings in the voice of a homesick Tennessean turned off by the coldness of New York City. In

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Hall Worthy

June 24, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 8

Last year, I posted the top twelve worthy inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Sadly, the CMA only took one of my three suggestions: Glen Campbell, with the other two slots going to

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Essential 80’s: #125-#101

June 22, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 4: #125-#101 #125 “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” George Strait 1987 Peak: #1 Classic Texas swing from the modern master. Strait almost sounds relieved to be hiding out in

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Essential 80’s: #150-#126

June 10, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 3: #150-#126 #150 “Love Me Like You Used To” Tanya Tucker 1987 Peak: #2 Tucker reached her commercial peak in the early nineties, but the foundation for that came with

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Essential 80’s: #175-#151

May 29, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 2: #175-#151 #175 “Bop” Dan Seals 1985 Peak: #1 How conservative is this song about wanting to “bop with you baby, all night long”? It goes out of its way

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Essential 80’s: #200-#176

May 27, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 0

200 Essential 80’s Singles Part 1: #200-#176 #200 “Shakin’” Sawyer Brown 1986 Peak: #15 Fresh off their victory in the very first Star Search competition, Sawyer Brown released a string of campy singles that cemented

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Top Twelve Debut Albums

February 22, 2006 Kevin John Coyne 6

Country music is blessed with artists that are in it for the long haul. The very best contribute to the genre for ten, twenty, thirty, even forty years or more. But how many are able

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