Top 10 Randy Travis Songs
We're celebrating 25 years of Randy Travis hits, and though it would be impossible to put all of the iconic country star's songs in a ranked list — given that he has 16 No. 1 singles alone and over a dozen albums — we're going to do our best. In honor of the release of Travis' 'Anniversary Celebration' duets album on June 7, Taste of Country narrowed down our favorite tunes to this nifty Top 10 Randy Travis Songs list just for your listening pleasure. So sit back, relax, and enjoy just a handful of the hits that paved the way for today's country music stars.
'A Few Ole Country Boys'
Randy Travis has created a niche for himself on the country front, certainly, but he's still got a thing or two to learn from the legendary country king, George Jones. In this 1990 duet, Travis kicks the song off with a tip of the hat to his idol, and lets him know that it's good to know that there are still a few ol' country boys to take the stage. Likewise, Jones chimes in and lets Travis know that he's glad there will be someone to take his place in the future. We agree with both of them wholeheartedly!
'This Is Me'
'This Is Me' is not only the title track of the legendary country voice's 1994 album, it's one of our top Randy Travis songs -- and for good reason. In this tune, Travis lays it all out: He's been in a relationship with you, and you're shutting him out. In all seriousness, we love the raw, straight-forward lyrics in this straight-forward love song, because it's a unique twist on the standard.
'Out of My Bones'
At some point, we can all relate to the feeling of wanting to leave our bag of bones until the pain of a lost love goes away. In this tune, Travis is wishing hard that he'll have an out-of-body experience, or at the very least, get amnesia -- 'cause he's going crazy missing his long gone girl. 'Out of My Bones' rose from the middle of Travis' ongoing country career, and paved the way for the millennium as the lead-off single from his 1998 record, 'You and You Alone.'
'On the Other Hand'
Randy Travis liked this song so much, he released it twice. The first time around, way back in 1985, 'On the Other Hand' didn't even see the Top 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Following the success of '1982,' however, Travis was able to send this one to the top when he re-released it a year later. In fact, it was his first No. 1 in North America!
'Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart'
Travis kicked off the '90s in style with this piece of country gold, which really delivered on the piano and harmonica, and in turn, enjoyed a four-week stay at the top of the charts. While that may not sound like much, consider this: The last song to boast the same was one of the most famous country tunes ever, 'Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,' 12 years earlier.
'I Told You So'
As far as top Randy Travis songs go, this 1988 tune is a real gem from the 'Always and Forever' album. Years after it premiered with Randy's signature voice carrying it, in 2009, Carrie Underwood took it under her wing and gave it new life as a single. Just a month after her version dropped, she and the 'Forever and Ever Amen' hitmaker paired up to make a super duet version, which topped the Billboard country charts at No. 2.
Operator, please connect us with 1982! Oh, and Randy Travis, too. In 1985, the iconic singer was achin' to go back in time ... to three years earlier. Legend has it that the song was originally supposed to be about 1962, but given that Travis was just a toddler in the '60s, he felt that it would be weird to sing about baby love. We have to agree, and '1982' is old enough now in 2011 that it's not unheard of to want to go back -- and we can, through this classic!
'If I Didn't Have You'
If we didn't have Randy Travis, we don't know what we'd do! 'If I Didn't Have You' marked the 13th No. 1 hit for the North Carolina country singer back in 1992, and was the frontrunner single from his first 'Greatest Hits' compilation album. Travis rode this one like it was his own, though this track was actually penned by singer Skip Ewing and songwriter Max D. Barnes, who also scribbled hit singles for the likes of Waylon, Conway and Vince.
'Honky Tonk Moon'
Picture this: It's Friday, and you have a hankering for some cold beer and good chatter. So, you head down to the pool hall with your best guy or gal at your side, and through the haze of cigarette smoke shines the 'Honky Tonk Moon.' Travis says it best in this song, which exemplifies that not everyone needs private jets and million dollar homes to have the good life. This one is an oldie but a goodie, hence the reason it is No. 2 on our top Randy Travis songs list.
'Forever and Ever, Amen'
'Forever and Ever, Amen' is perhaps the most well-known of Travis' tunes, and that's because it's a simple and classic love song. Yes, it has made its rounds at more than a few weddings, but this hit has never been anything but faithful to us country fans. As for Travis, how long will he hold his position as one of the most influential country artists? Forever and ever, that's how long.