Foolish Pride

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"Foolish Pride"
Single by Travis Tritt
from the album Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof
B-side "No Vacation from the Blues"
Released March 29, 1994
Format CD single, 7" single
Genre Country
Length 4:19
Label Warner Bros. Nashville 18180
Writer(s) Travis Tritt
Producer(s) Gregg Brown
Travis Tritt singles chronology
"Take It Easy"
(1993)
"Foolish Pride"
(1994)
"Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof"
(1994)

"Foolish Pride" is a song written and recorded by American country music singer Travis Tritt. It was released in March 1994 as the first single from his album Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof. The song peaked at Number One on the U.S. country singles charts in July 1994, becoming the fourth Number One hit of his career.

Content[edit]

"Foolish Pride" is a mid-tempo ballad detailing a failed relationship, in which both halves are afraid to show each other their feelings out of pride.

Reception[edit]

Reviewing Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof for Allmusic, Brian Mansfield cited "Foolish Pride" as a standout track, saying that it "rival[s] 'Anymore' for power and Skynyrd and Bob Seger for production values."[1] Rolling Stone critic Jim Bessman also described the song favorably in his review of the album, calling it "a power ballad that shows that Tritt can be as tender and compassionate as [Randy] Travis."[2] Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that Tritt "delivers a big message about the little fights that turn into huge irreconcilable differences." She goes on to call it "another solid song, and a welcome sentiment at a time when everybody seems to be reaching for the gun."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Gustavo Garzon and premiered in mid-1994.

Chart performance[edit]

"Foolish Pride" was released in early 1994. In July of the same year, it reached the top of the country singles charts in both U.S. and Canada, becoming his fourth U.S. Number One. It was also his last Number One until he topped the charts again in 2000 with "Best of Intentions".

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM)[4] 35
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 12
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 4
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 10
Preceded by
"Wink"
by Neal McCoy
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

July 16, 1994
Succeeded by
"Summertime Blues"
by Alan Jackson
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 18, 1994
Succeeded by
"Thinkin' Problem"
by David Ball

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mansfield, Brian. "Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  2. ^ Bessman, Jim. "This Is Me/Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-04-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ Billboard, April 16, 1994
  4. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 4, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 18, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "Travis Tritt Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Travis Tritt.
  7. ^ "Travis Tritt Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Travis Tritt.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.