1996 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1996.

List of years in country music (table)

Events[edit]

Top hits of the year[edit]

Singles released by American artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist Reference
21 18 4 to 1 in Atlanta Tracy Byrd
15 3 Ain't Got Nothin' on Us John Michael Montgomery
5 2 All I Want Is a Life Tim McGraw
13 15 All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down The Mavericks
(featuring Flaco Jiménez)
11 14 Almost a Memory Now BlackHawk
24 18 Are We in Trouble Now Randy Travis
1 1 The Beaches of Cheyenne Garth Brooks
1 1 Believe Me Baby (I Lied) Trisha Yearwood
17 8 Big Guitar BlackHawk
1 1 Bigger Than the Beatles Joe Diffie
10 1 Blue LeAnn Rimes
1 1 Blue Clear Sky George Strait
12 14 Born in the Dark Doug Stone
18 24 Bury the Shovel Clay Walker
18 21 By My Side Lorrie Morgan & Jon Randall
1 2 Carried Away George Strait
19 8 The Change Garth Brooks
10 30 Change My Mind John Berry
4 4 Cowboy Love John Michael Montgomery
23 27 C-O-U-N-T-R-Y Joe Diffie
1 3 Daddy's Money Ricochet
6 2 Deep Down Pam Tillis
2 9 Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You Toby Keith
1 8 Don't Get Me Started Rhett Akins
- - Down In A Ditch Joe Diffie
3 10 Every Light in the House Trace Adkins
2 2 Every Time I Get Around You David Lee Murphy
34 17 Every Time My Heart Calls Your Name John Berry
2 1 The Fear of Being Alone Reba McEntire
12 10 Givin' Water to a Drowning Man Lee Roy Parnell
6 44 Goodnight Sweetheart David Kersh
23 17 Grandpa Told Me So Kenny Chesney
1 1 Guys Do It All the Time Mindy McCready
2 3 Heads Carolina, Tails California Jo Dee Messina
21 12 Heart Half Empty Ty Herndon featuring Stephanie Bentley
3 3 Heart's Desire Lee Roy Parnell
14 5 Heaven Help My Heart Wynonna
14 34 Heaven in My Woman's Eyes Tracy Byrd
12 1 High Lonesome Sound Vince Gill
6 20 Holdin' Onto Somethin' Jeff Carson
3 4 Home Alan Jackson
23 8 Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best Marty Stuart & Travis Tritt
2 6 Hypnotize the Moon Clay Walker
2 3 I Am That Man Brooks & Dunn
4 2 I Can Still Make Cheyenne George Strait
2 8 I Don't Think I Will James Bonamy
5 8 I Know She Still Loves Me George Strait
3 2 I Think About You Collin Raye
1 5 I'll Try Alan Jackson
4 2 I'm Not Supposed to Love You Anymore Bryan White
4 4 If You Loved Me Tracy Lawrence
22 25 Irresistible You Ty England
1 2 It Matters to Me Faith Hill
19 17 It Works Alabama
7 4 It Wouldn't Hurt to Have Wings Mark Chesnutt
15 17 It's All in Your Head Diamond Rio
14 21 It's Lonely Out There Pam Tillis
5 2 It's Midnight Cinderella Garth Brooks
5 11 It's What I Do Billy Dean
6 6 Jacob's Ladder Mark Wills
2 28 Learning as You Go Rick Trevino
1 1 Like the Rain Clint Black
3 1 Like There Ain't No Yesterday BlackHawk
1 2 Little Bitty Alan Jackson
1 1 Living in a Moment Ty Herndon
1 3 Lonely Too Long Patty Loveless
4 4 Long as I Live John Michael Montgomery
9 10 Love Is Stronger Than Pride Ricochet
12 20 Love Remains Collin Raye
4 13 The Maker Said Take Her Alabama
13 8 Mama Don't Get Dressed Up for Nothing Brooks & Dunn
2 6 Me and You Kenny Chesney
5 4 Meant to Be Sammy Kershaw
3 7 More Than You'll Ever Know Travis Tritt
1 1 My Maria Brooks & Dunn
1 1 No News Lonestar
3 4 Not Enough Hours in the Night Doug Supernaw
3 10 Not That Different Collin Raye
2 2 On a Good Night Wade Hayes
1 4 One Way Ticket (Because I Can) LeAnn Rimes
5 7 Only on Days That End in "Y" Clay Walker
13 5 Out with a Bang David Lee Murphy
20 14 Ready, Willing and Able Lari White
1 2 Rebecca Lynn Bryan White
18 Redneck 12 Days of Christmas Jeff Foxworthy
9 14 Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands Reba McEntire
8 14 The River and the Highway Pam Tillis
5 12 The Road You Leave Behind David Lee Murphy
19 19 'Round Here Sawyer Brown
8 9 Runnin' Away with My Heart Lonestar
38 18 Say I Alabama
1 5 She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart Tim McGraw
17 20 She Said Yes Rhett Akins
26 20 She's Got a Mind of Her Own James Bonamy
1 1 So Much for Pretending Bryan White
13 13 Some Things Are Meant to Be Linda Davis
3 8 Someone Else's Dream Faith Hill
2 42 Stars over Texas Tracy Lawrence
19 26 Starting Over Again Reba McEntire
1 1 Strawberry Wine Deana Carter
6 13 Ten Thousand Angels Mindy McCready
4 3 That Girl's Been Spyin' on Me Billy Dean
4 3 That Ol' Wind Garth Brooks
18 34 That's Enough of That Mila Mason
4 19 That's What I Get for Lovin' You Diamond Rio
4 7 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye Neal McCoy
20 33 There's a Girl in Texas Trace Adkins
13 27 A Thousand Times a Day Patty Loveless
1 1 Time Marches On Tracy Lawrence
1 3 To Be Loved by You Wynonna
4 10 Too Much Fun Daryle Singletary
3 19 Treat Her Right Sawyer Brown
10 7 Vidalia Sammy Kershaw
2 2 Walkin' Away Diamond Rio
5 21 What Do I Know Ricochet
5 15 What I Meant to Say Wade Hayes
12 21 When a Woman Loves a Man Lee Roy Parnell
45 18 When Cowboys Didn't Dance Lonestar
23 21 Whole Lotta Gone Joe Diffie
1 5 Wild Angels Martina McBride
6 10 A Woman's Touch Toby Keith
5 6 Worlds Apart Vince Gill
25 18 Would I Randy Travis
37 13 Wrong Place, Wrong Time Mark Chesnutt
1 1 You Can Feel Bad Patty Loveless
6 1 You Can't Lose Me Faith Hill
3 13 You Gotta Love That Neal McCoy
7 22 You're Not in Kansas Anymore Jo Dee Messina

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist Reference
18 All She Wants Rena Gaile
4 All the Way Jason McCoy
5 Ancient History Prairie Oyster
1 Anita Got Married Duane Steele
1 Candle Jason McCoy
10 Cloud of Dust Rena Gaile
1 Cornfields or Cadillacs Farmer's Daughter
1 Crank My Tractor Michelle Wright
20 A Fine Line Lawnie Wallace
10 Foolproof Desert Dolphins
18 Forty Days and Nights The Rankin Family
28 7 Home Ain't where His Heart Is (Anymore) Shania Twain
2 1 I Do Paul Brandt
4 I Waited Chris Cummings
8 1 If I Were You Terri Clark
1 1 (If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here! Shania Twain
1 It's Lonely I Can't Stand Charlie Major
3 Keep Me Rockin' Patricia Conroy
13 Love Music Loves to Dance Calvin Wiggett
5 1 My Heart Has a History Paul Brandt
1 1 No One Needs to Know Shania Twain
50 1 Nobody's Girl Michelle Wright
4 One Step Back Jamie Warren
5 1 Poor Poor Pitiful Me Terri Clark
16 Rhythm of Your Wings Gary Fjellgaard
9 Roving Gypsy Boy The Rankin Family
14 Sittin' Pretty Thomas Wade & Wayward
18 So, So Long Rachel Matkin
2 Stuck on Your Love Duane Steele
34 11 Suddenly Single Terri Clark
1 Sure Enough Chris Cummings
13 Take You by the Heart The Cruzeros
1 Tell Me Something I Don't Know Charlie Major
8 Thought I Was Dreaming Lawnie Wallace
3 The Trouble with Love Duane Steele
1 Unbelievable Love Prairie Oyster
2 Waiting on You Charlie Major
12 Watching Her Sleep Jamie Warren
3 3 When Boy Meets Girl Terri Clark
15 Wild and Free Joan Kennedy
15 Windows to the Past The Neilsons
1 1 You Win My Love Shania Twain
8 Zero to Sixty Thomas Wade & Wayward

Top new album releases[edit]

US CAN Album Artist Record Label
21 All the Good 'Uns (The Best of Ian Tyson) Ian Tyson Stony Plain
10 Anne Murray Anne Murray SBK/Capitol
13 The Best of Country Heat Various Artists BMG
17 9 The Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney Various Artists Walt Disney
7 3 Between Now and Forever Bryan White Asylum
12 18 Big Love Tracy Byrd MCA Nashville
13 The Birth of a Star Patsy Cline Razor & Tie
1 1 Blue LeAnn Rimes Curb
1 3 Blue Clear Sky George Strait MCA Nashville
6 Blue Moon Toby Keith A&M
5 Blue Plate Special Prairie Oyster Velvel
1 1 Borderline Brooks & Dunn Arista Nashville
33 12 BR5-49 BR5-49 Arista Nashville
14 1 Calm Before the Storm Paul Brandt Reprise
23 Christmas: The Gift Collin Raye Epic
18 Christmas Volume II Alabama RCA Nashville
1 CMT Canada '96 Various Artists BMG
1 Collection The Rankin Family EMI
3 Crank It Up: The Music Album Jeff Foxworthy Warner Bros.
2 1 Did I Shave My Legs for This? Deana Carter Capitol Nashville
6 16 Dreamin' Out Loud Trace Adkins Capitol Nashville
6 22 Everybody Knows Trisha Yearwood MCA Nashville
1 1 Everything I Love Alan Jackson Arista Nashville
9 9 Faces John Berry Capitol Nashville
74 6 For Me It's You Michelle Wright Arista Nashville
4 Friends & Lovers Various Artists Sony
9 10 Full Circle Randy Travis Warner Bros.
12 6 Gettin' Out the Good Stuff David Lee Murphy MCA Nashville
10 The Gift Kenny Rogers Magnatone
21 Goodnight Sweetheart David Kersh Curb
8 9 Greater Need Lorrie Morgan BNA
2 5 Greatest Hits Clint Black RCA Nashville
18 14 Greatest Hits Mark Chesnutt Decca Nashville
3 5 High Lonesome Sound Vince Gill MCA Nashville
27 21 Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best Marty Stuart MCA Nashville
23 I Stoled This Record Cledus T. Judd Razor & Tie
18 It's What I Do Billy Dean Capitol Nashville
14 4 IV Diamond Rio Arista Nashville
22 8 Jo Dee Messina Jo Dee Messina Curb
10 3 Just the Same Terri Clark Mercury/PolyGram
17 Learning as You Go Rick Trevino Columbia
74 18 Lisa Brokop Lisa Brokop Capitol Nashville
6 18 Living in a Moment Ty Herndon Epic
11 Makin' Hay Farmer's Daughter Universal
9 Me and You Kenny Chesney BNA
4 2 Measure of a Man Kevin Sharp Asylum
7 7 Neal McCoy Neal McCoy Atlantic
3 New Country 3 Various Artists Warner
19 11 Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly) Various Artists Decca Nashville
11 On a Good Night Wade Hayes Columbia
61 14 One Ride in Vegas Deryl Dodd Columbia
3 13 A Place in the World Mary Chapin Carpenter Columbia
17 Politics, Religion and Her Sammy Kershaw Mercury/PolyGram
36 13 Reflections: Songs of Love John Denver RCA
7 8 The Restless Kind Travis Tritt Warner Bros.
2 1 Revelations Wynonna Curb/MCA Nashville
14 12 Ricochet Ricochet Columbia
4 The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett Curb
19 Shady Grove Jerry Garcia & David Grisman Acoustic Disc
72 11 Solid Ground Ricky Skaggs Atlantic
13 Somebody New Rhett Akins Decca Nashville
21 Somewhere Inside Chris Cummings Warner
20 4 Spirit Willie Nelson Island
12 11 Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 The Beach Boys River North
21 Steppin' Country 2 Various Artists Columbia
5 1 Ten Thousand Angels Mindy McCready BNA
3 3 Tennessee Moon Neil Diamond Columbia
43 20 That's Enough of That Mila Mason Atlantic
4 4 Time Marches On Tracy Lawrence Atlantic
20 14 Trail of Tears Billy Ray Cyrus Mercury/PolyGram
21 24 Treasures Dolly Parton Rising Tide
10 16 The Trouble with the Truth Patty Loveless Epic
8 Untamed and True 3 Various Artists MCA
20 Used Heart for Sale Gary Allan Decca Nashville
5 14 What I Do the Best John Michael Montgomery Atlantic
16 What I Live to Do James Bonamy Epic
1 3 What If It's You Reba McEntire MCA Nashville

Other top albums[edit]

US CAN Album Artist Record Label
40 A.K.A. Wham Bam Sam Hank Williams, Jr. Curb
60 All Because of You Daryle Singletary Giant
74 Almost Alone Chet Atkins Columbia
53 Don't Fence Me In Lari White RCA Nashville
73 Elvis: Great Country Songs Elvis Presley RCA
51 Give Me Some Wheels Suzy Bogguss Capitol Nashville
56 Greatest Hits John Anderson BNA
60 Greatest Hits Confederate Railroad Atlantic
36 Hang of the Heartache Desert Dolphins Quality
39 Hit Country '96 Various Artists K-Tel
43 The Hits Hal Ketchum Curb
26 I Lived to Tell It All George Jones MCA Nashville
47 I Will Always Love You
and Other Greatest Hits
Dolly Parton Columbia
53 Live Jeff Foxworthy Laughing Hyena
47 The Luv Collection: Real Luv Various Artists EMI-Capitol
60 28 Mandy Barnett Mandy Barnett Asylum
38 Mark Wills Mark Wills Mercury Nashville
45 My Roots Are Showing… K. T. Oslin BNA
38 NASCAR: Hotter Than Asphalt Various Artists Columbia
66 NFL Country Various Artists Gridiron
54 Now and Then Shenandoah Capitol Nashville
40 Paradise John Anderson BNA
32 P.O. Box 423 Duane Steele Mercury/PolyGram
36 Remembering Stan Rogers:
An East Coast Tribute II
Various Artists Atlantica
50 The Rocky Mountain Collection John Denver RCA
32 Semi Crazy Junior Brown Curb
37 Smokin' Armadillos Smokin' Armadillos Curb
26 Some Things Are Meant to Be Linda Davis Arista Nashville
33 Stampede Chris LeDoux Capitol Nashville
38 Star of Wonder –
A Country Christmas Collection
Various Artists Arista Nashville
44 Starlite Lounge David Ball Warner Bros.
46 Super Hits Alabama RCA Nashville
66 Super Hits Waylon Jennings RCA Nashville
51 Super Hits Keith Whitley RCA Nashville
29 Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr.
& Hank Williams III
Curb
54 Two Ways to Fall Ty England RCA Nashville
26 Unchained Johnny Cash American
42 31 You Still Got Me Doug Supernaw Giant

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

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]

RPM Big Country Awards[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
  • Kingsbury, Paul, "Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947-1989," Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
  • Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.

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