It’s been 30 years since Trisha Yearwood became a household name with her first single “She’s in Love with the Boy” (1991). The song went on to become a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Singles Chart and catapulted Yearwood into the nation’s limelight.
From her self-titled debut album, which sold over 2 million copies, “She’s in Love with the Boy” was just the start of a decades-long career that would give us songs like “Walkaway Joe “, XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl),” The Song Remembers When “and” Thinking About You “.
With that in mind, American Songwriter looks back on the songs Yearwood has graced us over the years. To celebrate her 30 year career and iconic voice, here are our 10 favorite songs from Trisha Yearwood.
11. “Believe me baby (I lied)
Released in 1996, “Believe Me Baby (I Lied) was the first single from Yearwood’s album, Everyone knows. Written by Kim Richey, Angelo Petraglia and Larry Gottlieb, the song tells the story of a woman apologizing for ending things with her significant other, calling the decision “hurt pride.”
Favorite lyrics: Well I don’t have a good apology But I have a lot of regrets / And I wish it was a bad dream that I could wake up and forget.
10. “Perfect love”
Written by Sunny Russ and Stephony Smith, this contagious tune, released in 1998 from (Songbook) A collection of hits, to Yearwood singing, what else … Love. The catchy, catchy tune will have you tapping your feet to the music as Yearwood describes being in that perfect relationship everyone yearns for.
Favorite lyrics: We don’t do nothing but what perfect love does / We don’t try to make history / It’s just you and me in perfect love.
Fun fact: The video for “Perfect Love” stars Yearwood’s ex-husband Robert Reynolds, formerly of the Mavericks.
9. “The Bad Side of Memphis”
âWrong Side of Memphis,â written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison and first recorded by John Berry in 1990, was released as the title track on Yearwood’s album in 1992. Hearts of armor. Singing about a woman who lives south of Memphis and wants to take the big step to Nashville to pursue her dreams, Yearwood propelled the song to No. 5 on the Billboard charts.
Favorite lyrics: I had this dream from a young age / Calling my name from Opry’s stage / I can hear it singing loudly / 200 miles and I’ll be there.
8. “I think of you”
âThinkin ‘About You, written by Tom Shapiro and Bob Regan, became Yearwood’s third # 1 single. Released in 1995, the title track from her fifth studio album, has Yearwood singing about that feeling of love when you can stop thinking about someone special.
Favorite lyrics: This stubborn fascination that I have / Do you call it love? If you don’t, then what? / All I know is I don’t know what you did / And this train of thought isn’t about to skip the track it’s on.
Fun fact: Lee Roy Parnell plays slide guitar on the song.
7. “XXX and OOO (an American girl)”
This bouncy uptempo hit, written by Matraca Berg and Alice Randall, was the lead track on Yearwood’s 1994 album. I think of you. Her second # 1 hit, the women’s empowerment song has Yearwood singing about a hard-working American girl who signed her letters with xxx and ooo, and now has dreams and aspirations to be successful in a man’s world.
Favorite lyrics: Well she got her God and she got good wine Aretha Franklin and Patsy Cline
6. “That’s what I like about you”
Originally recorded by James House, “This Is What I Love About You,” written by Kevin Welch, Wally Wilson and John Hadley, became a top 10 hit for Yearwood after its 1991 release.
Favorite lyrics: I don’t want a man to be my twin / Under my thumb, under my skin / I don’t want a man like a shadow on the ground / With nothing to do but follow me everywhere.
5. “The song remembers when”
Released in 1993, “The Song Remembers When” is the title track from Yearwood’s third album of the same name. Written by Hugh Prestwood, the ballad of nostalgia has Yearwood singing about the power of song. After trying to forget a past relationship, without a doubt, a certain song brings her back to the place she tried to forget.
Favorite lyrics: After chasing away the memory of the way things could have been / After forgetting everything about us / The song remembers when
Fun fact: The song was then recorded by Kristin Chenoweth for her 2005 album. As I am.
4. “How can I live”
Written by Diane Warren, the powerful ballad showcases Yearwood’s iconic voice. Originally recorded by LeAnn Rimes for the 1997 film Air conditioning, along with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, Disney felt that Rimes was too young (14) to sing on the subject and hired Yearwood to cut the song from the film.
Favorite lyrics: I need you in my arms, need you to hold on / You are my world, my heart, my soul and if you ever go / Baby you would take everything good in my life away from me.
3. “In the eyes of another”
The second single from Yearwood’s album (Songbook) A collection of hits, “In Another’s Eyes”, written by Garth Brooks, Bobby Wood and John Peppard, was recorded by Yearwood and now her husband Garth Brooks in 1997. The couple were only friends at the time, but got married. later in 2005.
Favorite lyrics: In the eyes of another / I’m afraid I won’t see / This perfect portrait / That they paint of me.
Fun fact: Yearwood and Brooks won the Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1998.
2. “Walkaway Joe”
Released in 1992, “Walkaway Joe”, written by Vince Melamed and Greg Barnhill, was the second single from Yearwood’s album. Hearts in Armor. Yearwood sings about the love gone awry when a young woman finds out that the man she loves is no good for her.
Favorite lyrics: So are the dreams of an average Jane / Ninety miles an hour on a lover’s path / On a tank of dreams / Oh, if only she could have seen / This fate has cards that he doesn’t want to show.
Fun fact: Don Henley of the Eagles sings the backing vocals on the song and a young Matthew McConaughey stars in the video.
1. “She’s in love with the boy”
Yearwood’s debut hit and debut single from her self-titled album, “She’s in Love with the Boy,” put the singer on the map. Right out the door Yearwood took country music by storm with the song written by Jon Ims that tells the story of a small town boyfriend and girlfriend Katie and Tommy getting engaged, much to his father’s dismay, who disapproves of the relationship. That’s when Katie’s mom reminds her husband that they were like the young couple when they were young.
Favorite lyrics: Her dad says ‘he’s not worth a lick’ / When it comes to the brain he’s got the tip of the stick “/ But Katie is young and she doesn’t care / She would follow Tommy anywhere.
Photo by Russ Harrington