What Mattered Most (song)
|"What Mattered Most"|
|Single by Ty Herndon|
|from the album What Mattered Most|
|B-side||"You Don't Mess Around with Jim"|
|Released||February 6, 1995|
|Ty Herndon singles chronology|
"What Mattered Most" is the title of a debut song written by Gary Burr and Vince Melamed, and recorded by American country music singer Ty Herndon. It was released in February 1995 as Herndon's debut single, and was served as the lead-off single and title track from his debut album What Mattered Most, as well as Herndon's first Number One single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart.
Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song unfavorably saying that while Herndon turns in a "credible vocal performance", it is "a shame that this formulaic, by-the-numbers song, written by two Nashville pros, doesn't make much of an impression." Michael McCall of New Country was more positive, calling it "a powerful, sensitive song about a man who realizes, too late, that he noticed everything about his lover except what was in her heart."
From What Mattered Most liner notes.
- Gary Burr - background vocals
- Joe Chemay - bass guitar
- Dan Dugmore - steel guitar
- Paul Franklin - Dobro
- Rob Hajacos - fiddle
- Kraig Hutchens - electric guitar
- Mike Jones - background vocals
- Paul Leim - drums
- Terry McMillan - percussion
- Steve Nathan - keyboards
- Brent Rowan - electric guitar
- Biff Watson - acoustic guitar
The music video was directed by Steven Goldmann and premiered in early 1995.
"What Mattered Most" debuted at number 62 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of February 25, 1995.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||90|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||43|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||18|
"Gonna Get a Life"
by Mark Chesnutt
|Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
May 27, 1995
by Clint Black
"Don't Cry Little Angel"
by Prairie Oyster
|RPM Top Country Tracks
May 22, 1995
"What Kind of Man"
by Joel Feeney
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