1994 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1994.

List of years in country music (table)


  • January 8 — Star, Mississippi, native Faith Hill hits paydirt with her first single release, "Wild One." The song spends four weeks atop the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, the longest for a debut release by a female artist since Connie Smith's debut "Once a Day" in 1964.
  • January 30 — Clint Black, Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker perform the halftime show (billed as "Rockin' Country Sunday") at Super Bowl XXVIII. The finale featured a special appearance by Naomi Judd, who joined Wynonna in performing The Judds' single "Love Can Build a Bridge" (their first major appearance together since their "Farewell Tour" of 1991), to which everyone eventually joined in.
  • March – Tim McGraw's first major hit, "Indian Outlaw," causes considerable controversy due to lyrics about Native Americans, and the single is boycotted at a handful of stations. Nevertheless, the song's notoriety helps spur its popularity and allows it to become just the second major crossover hit in 10 years, reaching No. 15 on the Billboard magazine Hot 100 singles chart (in addition to its No. 8 peak on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart); the song will also jumpstart McGraw's fledgling career, which had gotten off to a less-than-stellar start a year earlier.
Incidentally, McGraw's first taste of success comes at approximately the same time as that of his wife-to-be — Faith Hill. At this point, their careers are on separate paths.
  • April 12 — The premiere issue of Country Weekly magazine hits the store shelves. Garth Brooks graces the cover of the first issue.
  • May 9 — Newcomer artist John Berry passes out during a concert and is rushed to a hospital in Atlanta, where an operation is performed to remove a cyst found in the third ventricle of his brain.[1]

Top hits of the year[edit]

Singles released by American artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist Reference
4 1 Addicted to a Dollar Doug Stone
11 8 Baby Likes to Rock It The Tractors
1 1 Be My Baby Tonight John Michael Montgomery
2 2 Before You Kill Us All Randy Travis
1 4 The Big One George Strait
4 2 The Boys and Me Sawyer Brown
17 25 The Call of the Wild Aaron Tippin
2 1 Callin' Baton Rouge Garth Brooks
13 6 The Cheap Seats Alabama
5 11 The City Put the Country Back in Me Neal McCoy
9 7 Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind Confederate Railroad
1 1 Don't Take the Girl Tim McGraw
2 3 Down on the Farm Tim McGraw
1 1 Dreaming with My Eyes Open Clay Walker
20 8 Elvis and Andy Confederate Railroad
2 3 Every Once in a While BlackHawk
2 5 Fast as You Dwight Yoakam
1 1 Foolish Pride Travis Tritt
10 9 Girls with Guitars Wynonna
1 1 A Good Run of Bad Luck Clint Black
11 29 Goodbye Says It All BlackHawk
4 5 Half the Man Clint Black
4 17 Hangin' In Tanya Tucker
5 20 Hard to Say Sawyer Brown
2 6 He Thinks He'll Keep Her Mary Chapin Carpenter
5 2 Hey Cinderella Suzy Bogguss
3 19 How Can I Help You Say Goodbye Patty Loveless
3 9 I Can't Reach Her Anymore Sammy Kershaw
1 1 I Just Wanted You to Know Mark Chesnutt
50 20 I Love You 'Cause I Want To Carlene Carter
2 3 I Never Knew Love Doug Stone
2 5 I See It Now Tracy Lawrence
9 8 I Sure Can Smell the Rain BlackHawk
1 1 I Swear John Michael Montgomery
2 2 I Take My Chances Mary Chapin Carpenter
3 12 I Try to Think About Elvis Patty Loveless
3 4 I Want to Be Loved Like That Shenandoah
4 21 I Wish I Could Have Been There John Anderson
3 3 I'd Like to Have That One Back George Strait
3 2 I'm Holding My Own Lee Roy Parnell
3 19 I've Got It Made John Anderson
1 1 If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too) Shenandoah
1 1 If I Could Make a Living Clay Walker
26 12 If It Wasn't for Her I Wouldn't Have You Daron Norwood
1 1 If the Good Die Young Tracy Lawrence
1 2 If You've Got Love John Michael Montgomery
19 10 In My Own Backyard Joe Diffie
12 14 Independence Day Martina McBride
8 24 Indian Outlaw Tim McGraw
6 8 Is It Over Yet Wynonna
18 It Won't Be Over You Steve Wariner
5 6 John Deere Green Joe Diffie
8 6 Jukebox Junkie Ken Mellons
5 4 Kick a Little Little Texas
6 8 Life #9 Martina McBride
4 4 Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous Tracy Byrd
2 25 A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action Toby Keith
2 7 Little Rock Collin Raye
1 1 Live Until I Die Clay Walker
1 1 Livin' on Love Alan Jackson
2 6 Love a Little Stronger Diamond Rio
8 9 Lovebug George Strait
4 2 The Man in Love with You George Strait
8 5 Man of My Word Collin Raye
6 4 More Love Doug Stone
1 2 My Love Little Texas
2 3 National Working Woman's Holiday Sammy Kershaw
1 1 No Doubt About It Neal McCoy
13 8 Nobody's Gonna Rain on Our Parade Kathy Mattea
5 22 Now I Know Lari White
18 16 O What a Thrill The Mavericks
7 14 One Night a Day Garth Brooks
1 9 Pickup Man Joe Diffie
1 1 Piece of My Heart Faith Hill
22 4 Pocket of a Clown Dwight Yoakam
7 5 Renegades, Rebels and Rogues Tracy Lawrence
2 5 Rock Bottom Wynonna
2 1 Rock My World (Little Country Girl) Brooks & Dunn
4 2 Rope the Moon John Michael Montgomery
21 20 Sawmill Road Diamond Rio
3 11 She Can't Say I Didn't Cry Rick Trevino
6 7 She Dreams Mark Chesnutt
15 11 She Thinks His Name Was John Reba McEntire
4 4 She'd Give Anything Boy Howdy
1 1 She's Not the Cheatin' Kind Brooks & Dunn
1 5 Shut Up and Kiss Me Mary Chapin Carpenter
5 9 Spilled Perfume Pam Tillis
3 3 Standing Outside the Fire Garth Brooks
2 2 State of Mind Clint Black
14 13 Stop on a Dime Little Texas
1 1 Summertime Blues Alan Jackson
7 3 T.L.C. A.S.A.P. Alabama
21 12 Take It Easy Travis Tritt
2 12 Take Me as I Am Faith Hill
17 21 Take These Chains from My Heart Lee Roy Parnell
22 17 Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof Travis Tritt
1 3 That Ain't No Way to Go Brooks & Dunn
10 23 That's My Baby Lari White
6 18 That's My Story Collin Raye
20 18 There Goes My Heart The Mavericks
7 15 They Asked About You Reba McEntire
2 3 They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore Boy Howdy
2 1 Thinkin' Problem David Ball
2 10 Third Rate Romance Sammy Kershaw
1 1 Third Rock from the Sun Joe Diffie
20 17 (Tonight We Just Might) Fall in Love Again Hal Ketchum
14 4 Try Not to Look So Pretty Dwight Yoakam
1 1 Tryin' to Get Over You Vince Gill
4 3 Untanglin' My Mind Clint Black
3 16 Walking Away a Winner Kathy Mattea
4 8 Watermelon Crawl Tracy Byrd
6 7 We Can't Love Like This Anymore Alabama
11 16 We Don't Have to Do This Tanya Tucker
9 6 We Just Disagree Billy Dean
25 6 What a Crying Shame The Mavericks
2 1 What the Cowgirls Do Vince Gill
5 2 What's in It for Me John Berry
3 5 When Love Finds You Vince Gill
7 6 When the Thought of You Catches Up with Me David Ball
2 13 When You Walk in the Room Pam Tillis
2 2 Whenever You Come Around Vince Gill
11 6 Where Do I Fit in the Picture Clay Walker
20 9 Where Was I Ricky Van Shelton
1 1 Whisper My Name Randy Travis
4 11 (Who Says) You Can't Have It All Alan Jackson
1 1 Who's That Man Toby Keith
5 4 Why Haven't I Heard from You Reba McEntire
1 1 Wild One Faith Hill
1 1 Wink Neal McCoy
2 17 Wish I Didn't Know Now Toby Keith
21 14 Woman, Sensuous Woman Mark Chesnutt
12 14 Words by Heart Billy Ray Cyrus
1 1 XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl) Trisha Yearwood
20 14 You Just Watch Me Tanya Tucker
6 43 You Will Patty Loveless
1 1 Your Love Amazes Me John Berry

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist Reference
16 5 Days in May Blue Rodeo
11 Alcohol in the Bloodstream Ian Tyson
18 Almost Like You Cared Cassandra Vasik
6 Baby Don't Cry One Horse Blue
13 By Heart Joel Feeney
18 Circle of Love Joan Kennedy
10 Country in the City Don Neilson
10 Dynamite Desert Dolphins
14 Everything Money Can Buy One Horse Blue
11 Everything to Me Joel Feeney
52 12 Give Me a Ring Sometime Lisa Brokop
1 Guitar Talk Michelle Wright
12 Here We Go Again Patricia Conroy
15 Hillbilly Jane Straight Clean & Simple
5 Honest Man George Fox
17 If I'm Only Good for One Thing Larry Mercey
1 It Can't Happen to Me Charlie Major
4 Louisiette Prairie Oyster
10 Love's Looking for Me One Horse Blue
13 Man of a Thousand Songs Ron Hynes
5 No Hasta La Vista Tonight George Fox
10 No Kathleen Ron Hynes
1 Nobody Gets Too Much Love Charlie Major
4 North Country The Rankin Family
9 Now and Then Michelle Wright
57 1 One Good Man Michelle Wright
1 The Other Side Charlie Major
9 Red Hot Blues Quartette
8 River of No Return Terry Kelly
19 Rockabilly Heart Cindy Church
5 Say the Word Joel Feeney
5 Stolen Moments Jim Witter
1 Such a Lonely One Prairie Oyster
1 Somebody's Leavin' Patricia Conroy
6 Sweet Sweet Poison Jim Witter
15 Tell Me the Lie Don Neilson
10 That's What Highways Are For The Goods
10 There You Go Prescott-Brown
10 Train of Dreams Gary Fjellgaard
17 Way Beyond the Blue Anita Perras
7 The Wayward Wind Anne Murray
4 Wear and Tear on My Heart George Fox

Top new album releases[edit]

US CAN Album Artist Record Label
3 7 8 Seconds (soundtrack) Various Artists MCA Nashville
10 Already Restless Prescott-Brown Epic
23 9 American Recordings Johnny Cash American
2 The Best…So Far Anne Murray SBK/Capitol
15 BlackHawk BlackHawk Arista Nashville
8 5 Boomtown Toby Keith Mercury/PolyGram
23 11 The Bradley Barn Sessions George Jones MCA Nashville
13 Bryan White Bryan White Asylum
1 Country Heat 4 Various Artists RCA
9 Eighteen Inches of Rain Ian Tyson Stony Plain
12 Extremes Collin Raye Epic
9 2 Feelin' Good Train Sammy Kershaw Mercury/PolyGram
29 20 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Doug Stone Epic
8 Greatest Hits Vol. III Alabama RCA Nashville
17 Haywire Chris LeDoux Liberty
17 15 Healing Hands of Time Willie Nelson Liberty
5 Heart of the Country '94 Various Artists Quality
16 7 Heartsongs: Live from Home Dolly Parton Columbia
1 1 The Hits Garth Brooks Liberty
3 I See It Now Tracy Lawrence Atlantic
4 1 If I Could Make a Living Clay Walker Giant
29 19 Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album Various Artists BNA
10 8 Kick a Little Little Texas Warner Bros.
7 Kickin' Country 2 Various Artists Sony
1 1 Kickin' It Up John Michael Montgomery Atlantic
1 3 Lead On George Strait MCA Nashville
19 Lookin' Back at Myself Aaron Tippin RCA Nashville
13 7 Love a Little Stronger Diamond Rio Arista Nashville
28 6 Love and Luck Marty Stuart MCA Nashville
52 22 Mama's Hungry Eyes:
A Tribute to Merle Haggard
Various Artists Arista Nashville
4 1 Maverick (soundtrack) Various Artists Atlantic
37 14 Moonlight Becomes You Willie Nelson Justice
1 New Country Various Artists Warner
13 1 No Doubt About It Neal McCoy Atlantic
3 11 No Ordinary Man Tracy Byrd MCA Nashville
1 1 Not a Moment Too Soon Tim McGraw Curb
6 13 Notorious Confederate Railroad Atlantic
8 One Emotion Clint Black RCA Nashville
2 Only One Moon Prairie Oyster Arista
7 Outlaws & Heroes Various Artists Sony
2 1 Read My Mind Reba McEntire MCA Nashville
3 The Reasons Why Michelle Wright Arista Nashville
30 2 Red Hot + Country Various Artists Mercury/PolyGram
1 1 Rhythm, Country and Blues Various Artists MCA Nashville
23 Rick Trevino Rick Trevino Columbia
19 She'd Give Anything Boy Howdy Curb
8 Skynyrd Frynds Various Artists MCA Nashville
1 1 Stones in the Road Mary Chapin Carpenter Columbia
11 6 Storm in the Heartland Billy Ray Cyrus Mercury/PolyGram
34 6 Super Hits Willie Nelson Columbia
17 The Sweetest Gift Trisha Yearwood MCA Nashville
6 Sweetheart's Dance Pam Tillis Arista Nashville
3 3 Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof Travis Tritt Warner Bros.
6 3 Thinkin' Problem David Ball Warner Bros.
6 9 Third Rock from the Sun Joe Diffie Epic
10 5 This Is Me Randy Travis Warner Bros.
6 Today's Biggest Country Various Artists K-Tel
2 1 The Tractors The Tractors Arista Nashville
3 Untamed and True Various Artists MCA
1 1 Waitin' on Sundown Brooks & Dunn Arista Nashville
12 Walking Away a Winner Kathy Mattea Mercury/PolyGram
15 Wanted Man Johnny Cash Mercury/PolyGram
7 War Paint Lorrie Morgan BNA
6 4 What a Crying Shame The Mavericks MCA Nashville
15 What a Way to Live Mark Chesnutt Decca Nashville
8 When Fallen Angels Fly Patty Loveless Epic
2 2 When Love Finds You Vince Gill MCA Nashville
1 1 Who I Am Alan Jackson Arista Nashville
24 Wishes Lari White RCA Nashville
3 You Can't Resist Patricia Conroy Warner

Other top albums[edit]

US CAN Album Artist Record Label
60 1994 Merle Haggard Curb
51 The Best of Chris LeDoux Chris LeDoux Liberty
52 Christmas Time's A-Comin' Sammy Kershaw Mercury/PolyGram
61 Christmas with The Judds and Alabama The Judds & Alabama RCA Nashville
43 Country 'Til I Die John Anderson BNA
56 The Cowboy Way (soundtrack) Various Artists Epic
48 Deep Thoughts from a Shallow Mind Doug Supernaw BNA
31 Every Little Word Hal Ketchum Curb
29 Greatest Hits Billy Dean Liberty
38 Greatest Hits Suzy Bogguss Liberty
31 In the Vicinity of the Heart Shenandoah Capitol Nashville
39 The Judds: Number One Hits The Judds RCA/Curb
42 Ken Mellons Ken Mellons Epic
62 Love and Honor Ricky Van Shelton Columbia
51 Men'll Be Boys Billy Dean Liberty
66 Reflections The Judds RCA/Curb
28 Shoot for the Moon Linda Davis Arista Nashville
55 Simpatico Suzy Bogguss & Chet Atkins Liberty
35 Super Hits Charlie Daniels Epic
65 Super Hits Shenandoah Columbia
71 Super Hits Conway Twitty Epic
50 Today's Greatest Country Various Artists K-Tel
52 Today's New Country Various Artists K-Tel
56 Today's Number One Country Various Artists K-Tel
63 Waymore's Blues (Part II) Waylon Jennings RCA Nashville


  • May 4 – RaeLynn, country music star of the 2010s, best known for "God Made Girls."
  • November 8 – Lauren Alaina, runner-up of the 10th season of American Idol, with follow-up successes including "Like My Mother Does."


Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Juno Awards[edit]

Academy of Country Music[edit]

Canadian Country Music Association[edit]

Country Music Association[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "The Grand Ole Opry: History of Country Music. 70 Years of the Songs, the Stars and the Stories," Villard Books, Random House; Opryland USA, 1995
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.


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