Lee Greenwood is among the few artists who will proudly say, ‘music is not what I do rather who I am.’ Unlike many singers, Lee was born with musical talent, and he put it into good use from a tender age. At seven, he was playing piano, and by the time he was 12 years, he was a saxophonist. Greenwood’s founded ‘Moonbeams’ his first group when in junior high. In high school, he was the marching band Drum Major and could play all the musical instruments in the orchestra. Many identify Lee with his 1984 release ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ However, since 1962, this American country music vocalist and songwriter has released several singles. Seven of his releases ranked position one on the Billboard hot county music chart, and 20 of them reached the top 10 on the same chart. This article explores some of Lee Greenwood’s hits of all time, songs that are relatable and worth adding to your music collection.
10. Fool’s Gold
The “fool’s Gold” is Greenwood’s second single from his You’ve Got a Good Love Comin’ album. Written by Don Roth and Timmy Tappan and released by Lee Greenwood in 1984, this ballad peaked the 5th position in Canada and 3rd position on the U.S. country charts. In addition, it has over 20,000 views on YouTube. The song cautions us to express our feelings before it’s too late.
9. Somebody’s Gonna Love You
Here is the second single of Lee Greenwood and his 1983 release, written by Rave Van Hoy and a country music producer and songwriter, Don Cook. It is titled just like his ‘Somebody’s Gonna Love You’ album. This was his first no. 1 song of his seven number one hits, spending 13 weeks on the chart. It has 37,778 views on YouTube. It encourages the heartbroken to give love a second chance.
8. Going, Going, Gone
This 1983 Greenwood’s release was his second song to rank no. 1 on the country chart, where it spent 12 weeks after taking the top position for one week. It is his third single from ‘Somebody’s Gonna Love You’ album, written by Jan Crutchfied and has 45,179 views on YouTube. The song talks about paying attention to the warning signs in a relationship.
7. Hearts Aren’t Made to Break (They Are Made to Love)
‘Never take someone’s love for you for granted.’ It’s the message from this Greenwood’s sixth no.1 hit on the country chart. The song maintained the top position for a week and spent 14 weeks on the chart. This April 1986 release by Steve Dean and Roger Murrah and the third single from his Streamline album has gathered over 63k views on YouTube.
6. Morning Ride
This song by Jeff Tweel and Steve Bogard was Lee Greenwood’s 1986 release and a second track from the ‘love will find its way to you’ album. The single was his seventh no.1 on the country chart. It spent a week on the top of the chart and 15 weeks overall. It has gathered 173k views on YouTube and would make an excellent choice for those who like morning rides and views. It may spice up your early dawn hours.
5. I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose)
Here is another Greenwood’s no. 1 hit on the country chart that spent 15 weeks on the chart and his lead single from Streamline album that he released in 1985 July. It demonstrates the value of true love and friendship. Thanks to the message well communicated by the writers, Linda Young and Jan Buckingham. This song has gathered 201,000 views on YouTube.
4. Don’t Underestimate My Love for You
Don’t underestimate my love for you is Greenwood’s second single from album streamline and his fifth no.1 hit on the country chart. This 1985 release spent 12 weeks on the chart, dominating the chart for one week. It was written by Steve Dorff, Dave Loggins, and Steve Diamond. It’s an excellent ballad for love birds who want to emphasize their love and care for each other. So far, the song has 6.1k views on YouTube.
3. Dixie Road
Holding to friendship and memories forever is incredible but heart-warming if expressed through lyrics. This Greenwood’s first single from one of his albums, ‘Greatest Hits Compilation,’ is what you need to listen to when missing that dear friend you wish you could bump into. It was written by Mary Ann Kennedy, Don Goodman, and Pam Rose. The first record in 1981 by the Knights for Soundwaves records and King Edward IV ranked no. 48 on the country chart. However, Greenwood’s version, released in 1985, was his third no.1 hit on the country music chart, spending 14 weeks on the chart. This song has gathered 700,557 views on YouTube.
2. I.O.U.Q (I Owe You)
Penned by Kerry Chater and Austin Roberts, this Greenwood’s March 1983 release is also one of his biggest crossover hits, peaking no.6 and no. 4 on the U.S. country charts and Canada. It also peaked at no.53 on the Billboard Hot 100 no. 4 on U.S. adult contemporary charts. It is his first single from ‘Somebody’s Goa Love You’ album and has gathered over one million views on YouTube. There are various versions of this song, including the popular pop hit by Carry & Ron. Do you feel like you owe someone more than just love? This may be a great song to hark.
1. God Bless The U.S.A.
Also referred to as ‘I’m proud to be an American,’ is this Greenwood’s signature song ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ While the song had been played on several occasions since its first release in 1984, where it ranked no. 7 on the Country singles chart, it shot to fame in 1990-1991 during the Gulf war as many played it to boost their morale. It became prominent again during the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 and after the 9/11 attacks. By July 2015, the song had sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S. In addition, it has over 1.8M views on YouTube.
Greenwood is one of the artists with numerous crossover hits. His passion for growing his talent and remaining in the spotlight in the music industry can’t go unnoticed. If looking for country music with deep meaning and emotion, Greenwood’s hits would be an ideal starting point.