It goes without saying that everyone has a favorite decade of country music. For some, it may be the 1960s and for others, that decade may be right now. Universally speaking, though, the 1990s were a stellar year for the evolution of country music, because the hits that poured out of that time period are unforgettable.
We’ve already looked at our five favorite hits from the ladies of the ’90s, so in this special edition of Rare Country’s 5, Erin Holt counts down some of our favorite tunes from the gents. Get ready!
John Michael Montgomery was one of the most dynamic and successful country hunks of the ’90s. He amassed 17 Top 5 hits from 1992 to 1999, six of them making it to the top of the chart. One of the things we loved most about him, besides his stone-cold country vocals, was his deep, deep dimples. Of all the hits he had, one stands out as a favorite singalong — once you learned all the rapid-fire words. We reveal the No. 5 song on this special edition of Rare Country’s 5 in the video.
HINT: “We still love to laugh about the way we met that day.”
Who doesn’t love Brooks & Dunn? Fortunately, we don’t have to miss them anymore! They racked up so many hits in the 1990s that they are mainstays on classic country radio. There is one hit, though, that always gets us singing, sometimes screaming, along. And if you know the steps, you’re gonna be dancing, too. It’s easily our No. 4 song from ’90s country boys, but it may be No. 1 for our favorite B&D songs of all time. Don’t forget, they’re also back in Vegas for more dates in 2017 with their good pal Reba McEntire.
HINT: “I work hard for my money.”
If anyone has shown a remarkable evolution as a country star, it’s Tim McGraw. From a mullet and horseshoe mustache to a close cut, sexy scruff and super buff bod, Tim has become one of country music’s hottest hunks. His music has also gone from having a touch of twang to being smooth, sexy and polished. There’s one throwback in his catalog, though, that we can sing every word to. It’s our No. 3 song in the video.
HINT: “She can’t get enough of me.”
When it comes to superstars of the 1990s, Alan Jackson certainly stakes his claim in the Top 5 for men or women. He also earns our No. 2 spot in this special edition of Rare Country’s 5. Well before Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Cole Swindell were waving the Georgia flag, Alan was proudly declaring his rural roots, and even had us all making a run for a sunny vacation in the Peach State. And even though he scored well over two dozen Top 5 hits in the ’90s, one stands out as an eternal favorite. You can get the answer in Rare Country’s 5.
HINT: “Just a-livin’ for the minute.”
Arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, Garth Brooks racked in hit after hit in the ’90s with most of them becoming current country music standards. Revolutionary for his time, he’s also become an inspiration and influence to a new generation of country stars who consider him the epitome of traditional country. The great thing about Garth is that he wrote or co-wrote many of his biggest smashes; however, one of our favorite go-to party anthems was actually a cover of a Mark Chesnutt cut. It doesn’t matter, though, we know all the words, even to the mystery third verse. And that lands it at our No. 1 spot in this edition of Rare Country’s 5.
HINT: “You can kiss my ass”
Did we forget one of your favorite ’90s hits?