Born December 17, 1966, Tracy Lynn Byrd is an American country music singer . He signed to MCA Nashville Records in 1992 and released his breakthrough single – Holdin’ Heaven – the next year. Holdin’ Heaven rose to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and made him a prominent part of the country music scene. His next number one came in 2002, and he has, since then, charted over 30 singles. Let’s review the top 10 Tracy Byrd Songs of all time.
10. The Keeper of the Stars
Recorded by Byrd in 1995, The Keeper of the Stars was written by Karen Staley, Danny Mayo, and Dicky Lee. It is the last single from Byrd’s No Ordinary Man album and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In 1996, the Academy of Country Music named it the Song of the Year. It is a ballad that sees the singer convince his lover that ‘the keeper of the stars’ brought them together.
9. Just Let Me Be in Love
Byrd released Just Let Me Be in Love in August 2001 as the second single from the Ten Rounds album. It was written by Mark Nesler, Tony Martin, and Tom Shapiro. Commercially, the song peaked at the ninth position on the Hot Country Songs chart. The singer talks about wanting to be in love with a woman regardless of what the future might hold.
8. Drinkin’ Bone
Drinkin’ Bone was recorded by Byrd in August 2003 but written by Kerry Kurt Philips and Casey Beathard. It was the second single from Byrd’s The Truth About Men and peaked at number 7 and 60 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and Billboard Hot 100, respectively. In a Billboard magazine review, Chuck Taylor called Drinkin’ Bone “an easy sing-along.” This was Byrd’s last Top Ten hit to date.
7. The Truth About Men
Released in March 2003, The Truth About Men is a song in which the singer explains several ‘truths about men’ in different situations. It was written by Tim Johnson, Rory Feek, and Paul Overstreet, then recorded and released by Byrd. It also features Montgomery Gentry, Andy Griggs, and Blake Shelton on guest vocals during the second verse. Commercially, it rose to the thirteenth position on the Hot Country Songs charts. In his review of the album, Ray Waddell called the song ‘hilarious.’
6. Put Your Hand in Mine
Jimmy Wayne and Skip Ewing wrote Put Your Hand in Mine, which Byrd released in September 1999 as part of his It’s About Time album. The song rose to number 11 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Essentially, it is a piano-accompanied ballad in which the narrator decides to leave his wife and receives a hand drawing and refrigerator magnet from his son. His son tells him that he should put his hand in his (his son’s) if he needs him.
5. Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman
Byrd recorded Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman in 2004 as part of his Greatest Hits compilation album. Written by Dave Berg, Annie Tate, and Sam Tate, the song peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
4. A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side
A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side was a collaboration with Mark Chesnutt. Byrd and Chesnutt released it in March 2001 as part of the Ten Rounds album, and it peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side was written by George Teren and Rivers Rutherford.
3. Watermelon Crawl
Watermelon Crawl was written by Zack Turner and Buddy Brock. Byrd recorded and released it in July 1994 as part of the No Ordinary Man album. Essentially, the song captures the narrator’s experience in a watermelon festival being held in a small Georgia town. The festival features red wine prepared from the watermelons grown in the town, and the mayor asks the people at the festival not to drive after consuming it. He urges them to, instead, to ‘the watermelon crawl.’ Watermelon Crawl peaked at number 8 on country charts in Canada and number 4 in the US.
2. I’m from The Country
I am from the Country is one of those songs you listen to on full blast, with your shoes off and your hair down. Written by Richard Young, Stan Webb, and Marty Brown, it is an up-tempo tune about living in the country. As Byrd sings, “We know how to work, and we know how to play. We’re from the country, and we like it that way.” Byrd released I am from the Country in 1998. Stann Webb was awarded the Song of the Year Award SESAC County in 1998 for his writing contributions to this song.
1. Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo
Byrd recorded and released Ten Rounds with José Cuervo in April 2002 as the third single from his Ten Rounds album. Ten Rounds with José Cuervo rose to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at the 26th position on the Billboard Hot 100. While this only made it a minor crossover hit on the chart, it is Byrd’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100. Ten Rounds with José Cuervo was written by Marla Cannon-Goodman, Michael P. Heeney, and Casey Beathard. It is an upbeat tune that talks about trying to forget an ex by drinking ten rounds of José Cuervo, the Mexican tequila. Billboard Magazine reviewer, Deborah Evans Price, commented that Byrd “offers the kind of vocal authority that makes the whole package ring.”
Byrd’s first song charted when he was 27 years old, and, since then, he has released over 30 hit songs in an 11-year career. He has also released two greatest-hits albums and ten studio albums, receiving one double-platinum and four gold certifications from the RIAA. Of course, this list does not capture all the Tracy Byrd Songs out there, but it is a great place to start.
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