It wasn’t that long ago when these ’90s country hits were constantly on the radio dominating the top of the charts. While every genre was thriving, it truly was a pivotal decade for country music. New country artists began to emerge blending both country and pop music which not only made it more exciting, but also made country more accessible to different demographics.
What was once a genre your parents and grandparents listened to, the ’90s began to merge it into a sound that could branch out and infiltrate mainstream radio. The influx of new and different country music artists hits largely contributed to the genre blowing up in the 1990s.
Another contributor to its success was the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). Up until the late 1980s, the only radio airplay country music got was on rural countryside AM stations. The FCC later expanded FM radio and increased signals to extend to rural areas, contributing to country music’s exposure.
With country music finally extending it’s reach across America and growing more and more listeners than ever before, the pressure was on for country music that sounded better than ever. And boy did country music producers deliver! The commercialism of country music created some of the most iconic songs in contemporary country music history.
Check out the top 10! Warning: These might bring on intense feelings of nostalgia!