I’ll swing back around tomorrow for more reveals, starting with a TIE!!!
lol…so, about that…
I had planned on revealing the rest of the album the next day. However, the next day I was injured at work when our iced coffee brewer malfunctioned on us. I knew that the water temperature was extreme (200 Fahrenheit!!!), but when I went to pull the brewing bucket out of its socket to try and brew a better coffee urn, I hadn’t anticipated that the water itself would still be at the very top. Needless to say, the water wound up all over my hand and scalding me, giving my index finger in particular a strong first-degree/borderline second-degree burn that I needed to have looked at in the emergency room! It was very hard to type on this iPad for a solid couple days, and my skin is still patching a new layer over the layer that burned off. But I’m back, and I’m finishing this album NOW! Starting with that tie!!!!
As a recap, we have lost “Bye Bye Baby Blues,” “Sleeping Heart,” and “Endless Sleep,” in that order.
Well you'd think by now that I'd have learned To see through your disguise A heartache really shouldn't be So hard to recognize But you wear so many faces Every line is new And somehow I just always end up Wakin' up with you.
There’s such an engaging element to Wynonna’s vocal delivery of “Mr. Pain,” and Naomi’s harmonies add to it wonderfully. I wish this could’ve won the tie, or even made it into the Top 5, but at least it’ll be included in the album tracks rankdown!
This happens to be the only song on the album of which Naomi had a hand in writing, and there’s some great storytelling here! She delivered some great lines in this one, such as A heartache really shouldn’t be so hard to recognize.
Stay tuned to find out what came out ahead of this to just miss out on the Top 5!
“Drops of Water” wins the tie by way of having the smaller standard deviation, although it proved to be just as polarizing as the song that lost to it! This is a song that I think I might’ve underranked slightly, but on the other hand, I definitely can see what makes it so polarizing, as it didn’t leave too much of an impression on me outside of that catchy chorus. Still not a bad song by any means; there’s not a single one of those to be found in this set of tunes!
“My Baby’s Gone” is another sneakily catchy melody, and another one I feel like I might’ve done a tiny bit dirty in my rankings. On the bright side though, there were enough Top 5 placements (including a runner-up claim from .indulgecountry) to guarantee this a spot in the Top 5. Needless to say, this is the best the song could hope for, as it was up against the firewall of radio hits that make up the rest of this Top 5.
And in which order will those songs go out? You’ll find out right now!
One thing I love about “Love Is Alive” is how similar it is to Reba McEntire’s “Somebody,” which was released about 20 years later, in 2003. While one tells it from first person and the other from third, the theme is the same: that love exists for everyone and that it’s out there where you least expect it, and both songs prove that with their examples. I love songs like that, probably because I’m a hopeless sap who believes in love at first sight and all that.
And finally, there we have it! In what was certainly a foregone conclusion, “Why Not Me” obliterated all competition and ran away the victor of its titular album rankdown! Everything about this song is incredible: from the sassy lyrics to the golden vocal delivery to the phenomenal production to the earworm of a melody. It’s one of their signature songs for a reason!
It’s the song that won them two awards at the 20th annual ACM Awards ceremony, their first ever appearance there, for Song of the Year and Top Vocal Duo:
Thank y’all for your patience in these reveals getting wrapped up completely! I’ll move on to the next album here shortly, but for now I’ll leave you with Wynonna’s performance of “Why Not Me” at the 2022 CMA Fest, for which she was joined by fellow “Kentucky girl” Carly Pearce:
Let’s finally get back into celebrating the legacy of Naomi, shall we? I wanna focus back onto this album series and go through these albums in quicker succession, starting with this one.
Rockin’ with the Rhythm, the Judds’ second studio album, saw a continuation of the success they’d found overnight in their debut, Why Not Me. Released October 30, 1985, Rhythm would chart atop the Billboard Top Country Albums list and remain on the chart for a total of 151 weeks. Four singles were released from the album, including a signature song of theirs in “Grandpa (Tell Me Bout the Good Old Days),” which would all come to top the country airplay charts during the course of the album’s run. The album has since gone on to be certified Platinum for selling over a million copies.
Tracklist (runtime approx. 35 mins): 1. Have Mercy 2. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days) 3. Working in the Coal Mine 4. If I Were You 5. Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain 6. Tears for You 7. Cry Myself to Sleep 8. River Roll On 9. I Wish She Wouldn’t Treat You That Way 10. Dream Chaser
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