The Bellamy Brothers are one of the most successful country/rock groups in history (if not the most). They have certainly left their mark with six Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, and numerous chart-topping singles and albums. Between 1979 and 1986 alone, they placed 30 singles on the country charts — three of which landed in the Number One spot. It can be hard to determine all their success with the best Bellamy Brothers songs are. They have numerous catchy hits known by just about everyone, but some are certainly better than others. Here is a list of 10 Best Bellamy Brothers Songs of All-Time:
10. I Need More of You
This song is one of the most underrated Bellamy Brothers songs of all time. This single reached Number One on the country charts in mid-1977. The story behind this song is just as good, if not better than the actual lyrics. When David Bellamy first heard the demo of this song, he thought it was not very pleasant. However, once his brother got his hands on it and added a couple of lines to the chorus (more than likely due to persuasion from David), things changed. The song not only became a Number One hit for them; it also helped land the band its breakout record deal with Warner Bros. “I Need More of You” is one of the Bellamy Brothers’ most successful songs, and it deserves more attention than it gets.
9. When I’m Away From You
This song managed to be on the Billboard country charts for 31 weeks, reaching a peak position of Number Five. It also reached Number One on the Canadian country music charts. This song was on their 1980 album, “Sibling Rivalry,” which spent four weeks at the top of the US Country Albums chart. “When I’m Away From You” has an exciting story to go along with it. According to David Bellamy, this song was initially intended for Johnny Cash, but he wasn’t interested in recording it.
8. Get Into Reggae Cowboy
Although this song was never actually released as a single, it is still one of the Bellamy Brothers’ most popular songs. It became so popular that it helped land the band their first TV show with CBS in 1981 called “Get into Reggae Cowboy.” The show only lasted six episodes, but this catchy tune will live on forever.
7. Lovers Live Longer
This song helped the Bellamy Brothers earn their second Grammy Award in 1981 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. There was no denying that this song had radio written all over it, as it quickly made its way up the Billboard country music charts and stayed at Number One for three weeks straight. Lovers Live Longer” is one of those songs that will make you feel good, which is why it deserves to be recognized as one of the best Bellamy Brothers songs.
6. Do You Love as Good as You Look
This song helped the Bellamy Brothers earn their third Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. This fun and catchy tune reached Number One on both the Billboard country music charts and the Canadian country music charts. In addition, this hit single also peaked at Number 30 on the adult contemporary charts. What makes this song so popular? It has just about everything you would want in a country song, which is why it should be appreciated by many.
5. You Ain’t Just Whistling Dixie
This song is known by just about everyone in the country music world, and it deserves more credit than it gets. It’s no wonder why this song was a Number One hit on the Billboard country music charts for five weeks straight; you can’t help but sing along with it. The lyrics make you want to belt them out as loud as possible, and the fun video that goes along with it adds to the song’s appeal.
4. Old Hippie
This song has a unique and exciting story to go along with it. David Bellamy wrote it after he saw someone at a bank in Nashville, Tennessee, that reminded him of the famed outlaw “Davy Crockett.” This man had long white hair and was wearing buckskins. David referred to him as the ‘Old Hippie,’ which inspired the lyrics of this song. This catchy tune reached Number 12 on the Billboard country music charts and stayed there for nine weeks, so it’s no wonder why people still love it today.
3. Redneck Girl
The success of this song is impossible to deny. It was a Number One hit on the Billboard country music charts for four weeks straight, making it their second-biggest charting single in the US. In Canada, this tune reached a peak position of Number Three. This song also peaked at Number 32 on both the adult contemporary and mainstream rock charts, which is impressive for a country song. From start to finish, this hit single will have you singing along with its catchy lyrics and toe-tapping beat that never gets old.
2. If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It against Me?
This song was the band’s fifth number one country single. It also reached Number 12 on both the adult contemporary charts and the mainstream rock charts and reached the Top 5 on the Canadian country music charts. In mind, David Bellamy had written this love song with his wife, Diane. He admired her body when she was pregnant with their daughter. Although this song is a bit risqué, it’s still a trendy tune that deserves all the praise it gets.
1. Let Your Love Flow
This hit song holds the distinction of being their only Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It stayed at the top spot for five weeks straight in addition to reaching Number One on both the country music charts and the adult contemporary charts. This unforgettable tune is still played everywhere today, making sense because it’s always a great choice when you want to hear a song that everyone knows the lyrics to.
The Bellamy Brothers songs will not only make you want to sing along, but they’ll also bring a smile to your face. They’re songs that you’ve most likely heard before and may have even sung or danced to them at some point in your life. These guys know how to put out catchy songs, and this is why they deserve credit for their incredible music.