1. Alan Jackson, “Gone Country”
Power lyric: “He’s gone country, look at them boots.”
Good fer: On a plane heading back to Tennessee after trying and completely failing to make it in the big, dirty, crowded city.
Fashion inspiration: Straight tie between THAT STACHE and the shirtless overalls look.
2. Trisha Yearwood, “She’s In Love With The Boy”
Power lyric: “But Katie’s young and man she just don’t care / She’d follow Tommy anywhere!”
Good fer: Blasting from yer bedroom after a big fight with your folks.
Fashion inspiration: Girl knows how to work that perm.
3. John Michael Montgomery, “Life’s A Dance”
Power lyric: “Tryin’ to find the courage to ask her out / Was like tryin’ to get oil from a water spout.”
Good fer: The kicker’s karaoke room, end of the night singalong slot.
Fashion inspiration: Cowboy butts drive me nuts!
4. Tim McGraw, “I Like It I Love It”
Power lyric: “I LIKE IT I LOVE IT I WANT SOME MORE OF IT”
Good fer: Singing acapella in the back of the truck on the way to the county fair.
Fashion inspiration: Uhhhhhh. What was the question? Too busy staring at Tim McGraw’s chest.
5. Faith Hill, “This Kiss”
Power lyric: The first and only time in history that the word “centrifugal” was prone to being shouted out of open windows —> “It’s centrifugal motion / It’s perpetual bliss”
Good fer: Repeating 100 times a day in the early stages of twitterpation.
Fashion inspiration: An entire generation of Southern girls asking for the Faith Hill pixie cut at the salon.
6. Little Texas, “God Blessed Texas”
Power lyric: “I’ve been spent to spread the message: God blessed Texas.”
Good fer: Blasting from the boombox in the stands at your high-school football game.
Fashion inspiration: Let’s just talk about the vest main Little Texas guy is wearing and keep going from there.
7. George Strait, “Check Yes Or No”
Power lyric: “Do you love me, do you wanna be my friend?”
Good for: Fantasizing about marrying your first love. Good luck with that!
Fashion inspiration: Um, everything. Strait set the gold standard for hot cowboys the world over.
8. Reba McEntire, “Is There Life Out There”
Power lyric: When Reba says “I learned more from the stains than I did from the paper” in the music video / short film.
Good fer: When you need a push to do the thing you’ve always been afraid to do. Also, crying throughout the entire music video.
Fashion inspiration: A hair color that lit a fire in the hearts of millions.
9. Shania Twain, “You’re Still The One”
Power lyric: “We’re still together, still going strong.”
Good fer: OBVIOUSLY, dancing at your wedding.
Fashion inspiration: Shania Twain basically singlehandedly brought country music into the 21st century, sexiness-wise. For better or worse.
10. Brooks & Dunn, “My Maria”
Power lyric: “She is the sunlight when skies! are! gray!”
Good fer: Watching CMT in bed at 1 a.m., accompanied by Whataburger and a broken heart.
Fashion moment: Exceptionally well-maintained facial hair – were Brooks & Dunn innovators in the field of manscaping?
11. Dixie Chicks, “Wide Open Spaces”
Power lyric: “She needs wide open spaces, room to make her big mistakes.”
Good fer: All-day singalongs with the girls you live with after moving out of yer parents house for the first time.
Fashion inspiration: Over-complicated slumber party up-dos forever.
12. Martina McBride, “Independence Day’
Power lyrics: “Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing / Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning!”
Good fer: Planting a seed of feminism that will grow for the rest of your life, hopefully not resulting in arson (as it does in this song).
Fashion inspiration: Short haircuts need hairspray too, y’all.
13. Clay Walker, “Hypnotize The Moon”
Power lyric: “Once you start to love her, you know you’ll never stop.”
Good fer: Imagining that when you grow up, love will actually be remotely like this.
Fashion moment: Clay Walker’s ever-present cowboy hot of eternal hotness.
14. Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Passionate Kisses”
Power lyric: “Is it too much to demand, I want a full house and a rock and roll band / Pens that won’t run out of ink and cool quiet and time to think.”
Good fer: Old car, tape deck, windows down.
Fashion inspiration: Giant earring realness.
15. Rick Treviño, “Bobbie Ann Mason”
Power lyric: “I got a guitar so I could sing meeee-and Bobbie Ann Mason!”
Good fer: Visiting home during breaks from college and missing high school like hell.
Fashion inspiration: Rick Trevino really owns his relatively small stature in this video, life, and in the hearts of all young women of the ’90s.
16. Pam Tillis, “Cleopatra, Queen Of Denial”
Power lyric: “Just call me Cleopatra!”
Good fer: Makeover night with all your galfriends.
Fashion inspiration: Bring back crimpers, please.
17. Vince Gill, “When I Called Your Name”
Power lyric: “Nobody answers when I call your name.” :(
Good fer: A rainy day when you don’t feel like getting out of bed and you DO feel like crying.
Fashion inspiration: Leather chokers for men, I guess.
18. Deana Carter, “Strawberry Wine”
Power lyric: “My first taste of love whoaaaaaa bittersweet.”
Good fer: Pretending you know how sex works.
Fashion inspiration: DID YOU SHAVE YOUR LEGS FOR THIS?!?!
19. Clint Black, “Killin’ Time”
Power lyric: “This killin’ time is killin’ me” with extra growl on it.
Good fer: Your afternoon smoke break on the loading dock at work.
Fashion inspiration: Are dimples a fashion statement?
20. Suzy Bogguss, “Drive South”
Power lyric: [sassy aside:] “Ain’t going to pack my nylons!”
Good fer: Getting the hell outta Dodge.
Fashion inspiration: “How to dress for a teacher-parent conference but still look smokin’,” by Suzy Boggus.
21. Patty Loveless, “I Try To Think About Elvis”
Power lyric: “I just can’t concentraaaaate, you’re all I think about these days.”
Good fer: The walkman you’re carrying to school where yer gonna see your biggest crush!
Fashion inspiration: Literally every single moment of this video is an inspirational fashion moment. I can’t count them all, but I would probably kill someone to have Patty’s outfit. AND THOSE BANGS.
22. Randy Travis, “Look Heart, No Hands”
Power lyric: “No chains, no strings, no fences, no walls.”
Good fer: Fallin’ in love.
Fashion inspiration: Big hair: It’s not just for gals.
23. Garth Brooks, “The Dance”
Power lyric: The entire freakin’ song! Which you can still recite on command like poetry.
Good fer: Graduations, weddings, birthdays, funerals, and all of life’s other major events, basically.
Fashion inspiration: Black=mysterious and thoughtful. Shadowy lighting is a bonus.
Here’s a Spotify playlist with everything except Garth, because he hates the internet or something.
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