XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)

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"XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)"
Single by Trisha Yearwood
from the album Thinkin' About You
B-side "One in a Row"
Released June 24, 1994
Genre Country
Length 2:49
Label MCA
Writer(s) Matraca Berg, Alice Randall
Producer(s) Garth Fundis
Trisha Yearwood singles chronology
"Better Your Heart Than Mine"
(1994)
"XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)"
(1994)
"Thinkin' About You"
(1995)

"XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)" is a song written by Matraca Berg and Alice Randall, and recorded by American country music singer Trisha Yearwood. It was released in June 1994 as the lead single from her album Thinkin' About You. The song became her second number-one hit on the US country charts [1] and her first since "She's In Love With The Boy" in 1991. In addition, the single also peaked at number 14 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and number-one on the Canadian Country singles chart. It is the theme song to her Food Network show Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

Content[edit]

The song is narrated by Yearwood and it tells the story of a young woman who has dreams and ambitions, but also discusses how she works hard and is a simple American girl who "signs her letters with XXX's and OOO's". She dreams of becoming successful in a man's world, citing her father as an example. The chorus verifies how the woman is a simple American girl.

In the song, there are pop culture references to R&B singer Aretha Franklin and country singer Patsy Cline.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song unfavorably, saying that the song is obviously supposed to mean something, "with its rapid-fire scheme and assertive-woman references." She goes on to say that the song ends up "sounding like exactly what it is - the theme to a bad television show."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)" debuted at number 73 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 9, 1994.

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[4] 14
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 70
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 6
Preceded by
"Whisper My Name"
by Randy Travis
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

September 10-September 17, 1994
Succeeded by
"Third Rock from the Sun"
by Joe Diffie
Preceded by
"What the Cowgirls Do"
by Vince Gill
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 26, 1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trisha Yearwood biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  2. ^ Billboard, July 9, 1994: Vol. 106 Iss. 28 - p. 69
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2604." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 26, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Trisha Yearwood – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Trisha Yearwood.
  5. ^ "Trisha Yearwood – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Trisha Yearwood.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.