The Best of 1995 Country Music

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Looking for a way to get in touch with your inner redneck? Or maybe you’re just a fan of good ol’ country music. Either way, we’ve got you covered with the best of 1995 country music.


In 1995, country music saw the rise of a number of artists who would go on to be some of the biggest names in the genre. Shania Twain released her self-titled debut album, which would eventually become one of the best-selling albums of all time. Garth Brooks continued his dominance with the release of his album Fresh Horses, while other artists like George Strait and Alan Jackson also released successful albums.

This was also a big year for country music on the radio, as songs like “The Dance” by Garth Brooks and “I Can Love You Like That” by John Michael Montgomery became huge hits. Country music was also becoming more popular on television, with shows like Nashville Now and Hee Haw remaining popular.

So what were the best country songs of 1995? Here are our picks:

The Year in Country Music

1995 was an important year for country music. Garth Brooks released his album Fresh Horses, which topped the charts and won several awards. George Strait also released an album in 1995, called Blue Clear Sky. This album was also very successful. Other notable country albums released in 1995 include Faith, Hope and Love by Alan Jackson, and The Woman in Me by Shania Twain.

Notable Releases

Garth Brooks continued his domination of the country charts in 1995 with the release of his fifth studio album, Fresh Horses. The album’s lead-off single, “She’s Every Woman,” became Brooks’ ninth No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Brooks wasn’t the only country superstar with a new album in 1995. Tim McGraw’s Not a Moment Too Soon, his second studio album, was released in February and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album’s first single, “Indian Outlaw,” was a controversial song that some interpreted as being disrespectful to Native Americans. Despite the backlash, the song was a huge hit, peaking at No. 8 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

In June, Toby Keith released his self-titled debut album. The album’s first single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” was an instant smash, becoming Keith’s first No. 1 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart. Keith would go on to have one of the most successful careers in country music history, releasing more than 20 studio albums and becoming one of the genre’s most recognizable stars.

Other notable releases in 1995 include John Michael Montgomery’s Kickin’ It Up, George Strait’s Lead On, Alan Jackson’s Who I Am and Tracy Lawrence’s Time Marches On.

The Academy of Country Music Awards

The Academy of Country Music Awards were first given out in 1966, and they are now one of country music’s biggest nights. The awards are given out by the Academy of Country Music, which is a membership organization made up of country music professionals. The awards are given out in a variety of categories, and the nominees are voted on by the Academy’s members.

The 1995 Academy of Country Music Awards were held on April 18th, 1995 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The awards show was hosted by Reba McEntire, and it was a night to remember for many country music fans. Some of the biggest winners of the night included Garth Brooks, who won Entertainer of the Year, and Vince Gill, who won Male Vocalist of the Year.

The 1995 Academy of Country Music Awards were a great night for country music, and they showcased some of the genre’s biggest stars. If you’re a fan of country music, then this is definitely a show that you don’t want to miss.

The Year in Country Music, Continued

1995 was a big year in country music, and many of the artists who made a splash in 1994 continued to dominate the airwaves. Tim McGraw’s “Not a Moment Too Soon” and Alan Jackson’s “Gone Country” were both certified platinum, while George Strait’s “Check Yes or No” and Brooks & Dunn’s “My Maria” each went gold.

The Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. They are given in recognition of “superlative technical and artistic achievement in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.”

The 1995 Grammy Awards were held on February 28, 1995, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The country music category was dominated by women that year, with four out of the five nominees being female artists. And the winner was…

Shania Twain for “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”

The Country Music Association Awards

The Country Music Association Awards are voted on by eligible members of the association. The awards ceremony is held every fall in Nashville, Tennessee. This year’s awards show was hosted by Vince Gill and Reba McEntire.

The award for Entertainer of the Year went to Garth Brooks. He also won the Male Vocalist of the Year award. Alison Krauss won her fourth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year award.

In the category of vocal group, Diamond Rio won their first-ever CMA award. Little Texas took home the award for vocal duo of the year, and BR5-49 was named top new vocal group or duo.

The top new artist award went to Chad Brock, who beat out such contenders as Brad Paisley, Clay Walker, and Dixie Chicks. Brock’s debut album, It Matters to Me, was also named album of the year.

Lee Ann Womack’s single, “I Hope You Dance,” was named song of the year, and Mark Chesnutt’s “Goin’ Through the Big D” was named single of the year.


In conclusion, the best of 1995 country music was a great year for the genre. There were many great artists and albums that came out during this time. If you are a fan of country music, then you should definitely check out some of the albums and artists from this year.

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