1990 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1990.

List of years in country music (table)


Just 23 songs would reach the chart's summit in 1990, 13 of them multi-weekers; this was fewer than half the number that reached the top of the chart a year earlier, and the fewest since 1972.

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The release of Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collection continues a trend towards chronicling the genre's history via compact disc during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Time-Life Music's Country USA series continued to issue new albums, while Columbia Records issues its five-volume Country Classics series during the summer. Rhino Records also releases ten volumes of Billboard Top Country Singles, each depicting the top 10 songs from the years 1959 through 1968.

Top hits of the year[edit]

Singles released by American artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist Reference
17 29 Ain't Necessarily So Willie Nelson
15 16 Ain't Nobody's Business Hank Williams, Jr.
11 American Boy Eddie Rabbitt
2 1 Back in My Younger Days Don Williams
14 18 Back Where I Come From Mac McAnally
9 10 The Battle Hymn of Love Kathy Mattea & Tim O'Brien
15 19 Black Coffee Lacy J. Dalton
12 21 Black Velvet Robin Lee
5 4 Born to Be Blue The Judds
11 11 Bring Back Your Love to Me Earl Thomas Conley
1 1 Chains Patty Loveless
2 5 Chasin' That Neon Rainbow Alan Jackson
1 1 Come Next Monday K. T. Oslin
2 4 Crazy in Love Conway Twitty
1 1 The Dance Garth Brooks
5 4 Dancy's Dream Restless Heart
7 3 The Domino Theory Steve Wariner
6 11 Don't Go Out Tanya Tucker with T. Graham Brown
4 3 Drinking Champagne George Strait
15 54 Dumas Walker The Kentucky Headhunters
4 3 Fast Movin' Train Restless Heart
8 4 A Few Ole Country Boys Randy Travis & George Jones
1 9 Five Minutes Lorrie Morgan
5 7 Fool Such as I Baillie & the Boys
6 5 Fourteen Minutes Old Doug Stone
1 1 Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks
5 2 Ghost in This House Shenandoah
10 16 Good Friends, Good Whiskey, Good Lovin' Hank Williams, Jr.
1 1 Good Times Dan Seals
16 16 Guardian Angels The Judds
1 1 Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart Randy Travis
4 7 He Talks to Me Lorrie Morgan
2 1 He Walked on Water Randy Travis
25 6 He Was On to Somethin' (So He Made You) Ricky Skaggs
13 5 Heartbreak Hurricane Ricky Skaggs
1 1 Help Me Hold On Travis Tritt
3 1 Here in the Real World Alan Jackson
8 6 Hillbilly Rock Marty Stuart
2 2 Holdin' a Good Hand Lee Greenwood
1 1 Home Joe Diffie
26 12 Honky Tonk Blues Pirates of the Mississippi
20 15 Hummingbird Ricky Skaggs
9 4 I Can't Turn the Tide Baillie & the Boys
7 8 I Could Be Persuaded The Bellamy Brothers
3 3 I Fell in Love Carlene Carter
31 17 I Go to Pieces Southern Pacific
2 1 I Meant Every Word He Said Ricky Van Shelton
8 14 I Watched It All (On My Radio) Lionel Cartwright
4 5 I'd Be Better Off (In a Pine Box) Doug Stone
2 1 I'm Gonna Be Somebody Travis Tritt
3 3 I'm Over You Keith Whitley
1 1 I've Come to Expect It from You George Strait
1 1 I've Cried My Last Tear for You Ricky Van Shelton
6 4 If Looks Could Kill Rodney Crowell
6 5 If You Could Only See Me Now T. Graham Brown
23 15 If You Want to Be My Woman Merle Haggard
13 18 In Another Lifetime The Desert Rose Band
12 6 In My Eyes Lionel Cartwright
10 6 Island Eddy Raven
1 1 It Ain't Nothin' Keith Whitley
5 9 It's You Again Skip Ewing
1 1 Jukebox in My Mind Alabama
4 11 Just as Long as I Have You Don Williams
17 19 Keep It in the Middle of the Road Exile
7 6 Leave It Alone The Forester Sisters
7 7 Little Girl Reba McEntire
21 14 Love Is Strange Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
1 1 Love on Arrival Dan Seals
1 1 Love Without End, Amen George Strait
3 1 Many a Long and Lonesome Highway Rodney Crowell
25 17 Maybe Kenny Rogers (with Holly Dunn)
18 9 Moonshadow Road T. Graham Brown
2 2 My Arms Stay Open All Night Tanya Tucker
7 6 My Heart Is Set on You Lionel Cartwright
22 12 My Past Is Present Rodney Crowell
3 7 Never Knew Lonely Vince Gill
1 1 Next to You, Next to Me Shenandoah
20 4 The Night's Too Long Patty Loveless
1 1 No Matter How High The Oak Ridge Boys
1 1 Nobody's Home Clint Black
2 3 Nobody's Talking Exile
2 1 Not Counting You Garth Brooks
3 1 Nothing's News Clint Black
8 19 Oh Lonesome Me The Kentucky Headhunters
13 7 Oklahoma Swing Vince Gill with Reba McEntire
5 3 On Down the Line Patty Loveless
1 1 On Second Thought Eddie Rabbitt
8 14 One Man Woman The Judds
8 7 Overnight Success George Strait
3 2 Pass It On Down Alabama
23 16 Perfect Baillie & the Boys
8 13 Precious Thing Steve Wariner
4 3 Put Yourself in My Shoes Clint Black
33 19 Puttin' the Dark Back into the Night Sawyer Brown
7 8 Quittin' Time Mary Chapin Carpenter
3 4 Richest Man on Earth Paul Overstreet
10 6 Right in the Wrong Direction Vern Gosdin
8 6 Runnin' with the Wind Eddie Rabbitt
17 33 Searchin' for Some Kind of Clue Billy Joe Royal
6 5 See If I Care Shenandoah
2 2 Seein' My Father in Me Paul Overstreet
2 13 She Came from Fort Worth Kathy Mattea
12 15 Simple Man Charlie Daniels Band
14 11 Someone Else's Trouble Now Highway 101
14 8 Something of a Dreamer Mary Chapin Carpenter
6 18 Sooner or Later Eddy Raven
1 1 Southern Star Alabama
6 3 Start All Over Again The Desert Rose Band
2 1 Statue of a Fool Ricky Van Shelton
10 6 Story of Love The Desert Rose Band
2 1 Stranger Things Have Happened Ronnie Milsap
18 Tell Me Why Jann Browne
4 3 That Just About Does It Vern Gosdin
8 4 There You Are Willie Nelson
14 19 This Ain't My First Rodeo Vern Gosdin
11 9 This Side of Goodbye Highway 101
13 13 'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose Keith Whitley & Lorrie Morgan
2 3 Till I Can't Take It Anymore Billy Joe Royal
39 18 Till I See You Again Kevin Welch
26 19 Time's Up Southern Pacific & Carlene Carter
3 1 Too Cold at Home Mark Chesnutt
2 1 Walk On Reba McEntire
1 1 Walkin' Away Clint Black
4 5 Walkin', Talkin', Cryin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart Highway 101
3 2 Walking Shoes Tanya Tucker
3 3 Wanted Alan Jackson
20 16 Western Girls Marty Stuart
2 5 When I Call Your Name Vince Gill
5 10 When I Could Come Home to You Steve Wariner
10 11 When It's Gone Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
40 18 When Love Comes Callin' Sawyer Brown
21 17 When Somebody Loves You Restless Heart
10 13 Where've You Been Kathy Mattea
1 1 Who's Lonely Now Highway 101
5 2 Wrong Waylon Jennings
7 5 Yet Exile
1 1 You Lie Reba McEntire
1 1 You Really Had Me Going Holly Dunn

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist Reference
20 After All Anita Perras
20 Ain't No Trains to Nashville Dick Damron
9 Always Hum a Song in Your Soul Morris P. Rainville
4 Bachelor Girl George Fox
12 The Colour of Your Collar Gary Fjellgaard
19 Couldn't See the Gold Tommy Hunter with Janie Fricke
10 Daddy, Sing to Me Lisa Brokop
10 Dreamin' Ain't Cheatin' Carroll Baker
5 6 Feed This Fire Anne Murray
62 3 Goodbye, So Long, Hello Prairie Oyster
9 Here Comes My Baby Anita Perras
3 How Many Times Family Brown
17 I Broke His Heart Jenny Lee West
70 5 I Don't Hurt Anymore Prairie Oyster
9 I Want to Fly Errol Ranville
9 I'll Accept the Rose Rita MacNeil
10 In My Heart Gary Fjellgaard with Linda Kidder
10 Lime Rickey George Fox
14 Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young The Good Brothers
10 Luck in My Eyes k.d. lang
16 Never Be Sorry Greg Paul
32 4 New Kind of Love Michelle Wright
10 No Trespassing George Fox
19 Once the Magic's Gone Cindi Cain
13 Pioneers Family Brown
8 Quittin' Time Michael Dee
9 Rosanne Albert Hall
17 Rumour Dan Rogers
10 She Told Me So The Good Brothers
17 Since the Rain Ian Tyson
7 Somewhere on the Island Gary Fjellgaard
6 Start of Something New Terry Carisse with Tracey Brown
10 This Time Patricia Conroy
55 9 Three Days k.d. lang
10 Touch My Heart Anita Perras
17 Why Do I Think of You Today Rita MacNeil
72 14 Woman's Intuition Michelle Wright

Top new album releases[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label
21 10 Years of Greatest Hits Vern Gosdin Columbia
11 America (The Way I See It) Hank Williams, Jr. Curb/Warner Bros.
23 Black Velvet Robin Lee Atlantic
8 A Collection of Hits Kathy Mattea Mercury/PolyGram
3 Country Club Travis Tritt Warner Bros.
25 Cowboy Songs Michael Martin Murphey Warner Bros.
12 Doug Stone Doug Stone Epic
24 Duets Emmylou Harris Warner Bros.
9 The Eagle Waylon Jennings Epic
11 Extra Mile Shenandoah Columbia
6 Fast Movin' Train Restless Heart RCA Nashville
5 Greatest Hits Keith Whitley RCA Nashville
4 Here in the Real World Alan Jackson Arista Nashville
1 Heroes & Friends Randy Travis Warner Bros.
4 Highwayman 2 The Highwaymen Columbia
19 I Fell in Love Carlene Carter Reprise
21 I Watched It on the Radio Lionel Cartwright MCA Nashville
7 If There Was a Way Dwight Yoakam Reprise
23 Interiors Rosanne Cash Columbia
20 Laredo Steve Wariner MCA Nashville
1 Livin' It Up George Strait MCA Nashville
2 Lone Wolf Hank Williams, Jr. Curb/Warner Bros.
5 Love Can Build a Bridge The Judds RCA/Curb
5 Love in a Small Town K. T. Oslin RCA Nashville
21 Love Is Strange Kenny Rogers Reprise
1 No Fences Garth Brooks Capitol Nashville
13 On Arrival Dan Seals Capitol Nashville
12 On Down the Line Patty Loveless MCA Nashville
24 Out of the Shadows Billy Joe Royal Atlantic
17 Pages of Life Desert Rose Band Curb/MCA Nashville
3 Pass It on Down Alabama RCA Nashville
12 Pirates of the Mississippi Pirates of the Mississippi Capitol Nashville
1 Put Yourself in My Shoes Clint Black RCA Nashville
2 Rumor Has It Reba McEntire MCA Nashville
1 RVS III Ricky Van Shelton Columbia
11 Shooting Straight in the Dark Mary Chapin Carpenter Columbia
18 Tennessee Woman Tanya Tucker Capitol Nashville
25 Texas Tornados Texas Tornados Reprise
23 A Thousand Winding Roads Joe Diffie Epic
12 Too Cold at Home Mark Chesnutt MCA Nashville
12 Young Man Billy Dean SBK/Liberty

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label
47 Blue Jungle Merle Haggard Curb
31 Born for Trouble Willie Nelson Columbia
45 Brand New Dance Emmylou Harris Reprise
44 Breaking New Ground Wild Rose Capitol Nashville
41 Buffalo Zone Sweethearts of the Rodeo Columbia
33 Bumper to Bumper T. Graham Brown Capitol Nashville
71 Christmas Memories Steve Wariner MCA Nashville
54 Come Hold Me The Forester Sisters Warner Bros.
42 County Line Southern Pacific Warner Bros.
35 Crazy in Love Conway Twitty MCA Nashville
61 Different Kind of Fire Prairie Oyster RCA Nashville
63 Down That River Road Larry Boone Mercury/PolyGram
27 Greatest Hits Highway 101 Warner Bros.
26 Greatest Hits Sawyer Brown Capitol/Curb
35 Greatest Hits Volume II Earl Thomas Conley RCA Nashville
54 Greatest Hits, Vol. III Conway Twitty MCA Nashville
57 Hardin County Line Mark Collie MCA Nashville
45 Have a Little Faith Jo-El Sonnier RCA Nashville
47 Heart Full of Love Holly Dunn Warner Bros.
64 Heart Over Mind Tammy Wynette Epic
69 Holdin' a Good Hand Lee Greenwood Capitol Nashville
74 Home for Christmas Dolly Parton Columbia
69 How 'bout Us Girls Next Door Atlantic
63 Imagine That The O'Kanes Columbia
34 Jersey Boy Eddie Rabbitt Capitol Nashville
73 Keepin' Me Up Nights Asleep at the Wheel Arista Nashville
69 Kevin Welch Kevin Welch Reprise
26 Lacy J. Lacy J. Dalton Capitol Nashville
35 The Lights of Home Baillie & the Boys RCA Nashville
57 Live at Liberty Lunch Joe Ely MCA Nashville
43 Lying to the Moon Matraca Berg RCA Nashville
49 Marsha Thornton Marsha Thornton MCA Nashville
75 Missing You The Marcy Brothers Warner Bros.
31 Music, Memories and You The Statler Brothers Mercury/PolyGram
27 Neck and Neck Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler Columbia
72 No Nonsense Barbara Mandrell Capitol Nashville
71 Reality Check The Bellamy Brothers Curb/MCA Nashville
53 The Rest of the Dream Nitty Gritty Dirt Band MCA Nashville
63 Simple Life Mac McAnally Warner Bros.
42 Still Standing Exile Arista Nashville
72 Stone by Stone Tim Mensy Columbia
46 Tell Me Why Jann Browne Curb
62 Tim Ryan Tim Ryan Epic
31 Tough All Over Shelby Lynne Epic
56 True Love Don Williams RCA Nashville
40 Version of the Truth Foster & Lloyd RCA Nashville
64 Well Travelled Love Kelly Willis MCA Nashville
51 What a Way to Go Ray Kennedy Atlantic
65 When the Night Falls Black Tie Bench
66 Wood, Wind and Stone David Lynn Jones Mercury/PolyGram
35 You Oughta Be Here with Me George Jones Epic
47 You Will Anne Murray Capitol

On television[edit]

Regular series[edit]



Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Juno Awards[edit]

Academy of Country Music[edit]

ARIA Awards[edit]

(presented in Sydney on March 26, 1990)

Canadian Country Music Association[edit]

Country Music Association[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "The Grand Ole Opry: History of Country Music. 70 Years of the Songs, the Stars and the Stories," Villard Books, Random House; Opryland USA, 1995
  • Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944–2005 – 6th Edition." 2005.

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