That helped his self-titled album to be certified Platinum — a sure sign of what was to come in his career. In the twenty-four years that have passed since that debut, Keith has provided fans with songs to fit just about every emotion — love, happiness, pain, loss, and even a little bit of rage at a time where others in the United States were feeling the same emotion. Here are ten times that Toby Keith has tapped into the American consciousness with some of his best….
After almost two decades on the chart, the singer found himself with perhaps his most unusual hit in the fall months of And, to quote the lyrics, that was excuse enough….. The events of September 11, had everyone in the nation re-thinking their priorities in life. Toby Keith was no different than the average American in that sense. Even early on, Keith had found a way to say things in song that nobody else was saying, and this was a great example of that.
The BMI Song of the Year was a realistic look at the masculinity behind the lead character in the song. Ah, the life of a country music star! Keith brought an understated eloquence on this early hit about a woman embarking on her own path for the very first time. It came at a time when lyrical content was as critical as any other ingredient for a song to have success.
Keith wrote the song as a tribute to his recently-deceased father. He performed it only in concert for awhile, until the Commandant of the Marine Corps convinced him it was his duty to record the track, in support of the troops. The wordplay of the song was very impressive, particularly for a newcomer still on his first album — yet another taste of what was in store for country music fans. In a time period where many were lamenting the changing of the sounds of country music, this chart-topper struck many by surprise.
With over three million spins on country radio stations, this song was one of the most played tracks of the s. Whether we want to admit it or not, there has always been someone or something in our past that we have secretly dreamed of proving wrong about our lives.
It could be a former lover, a former boss, or a teacher. In this career-defining performance, Keith allowed the video to show a guy proving to the former Homecoming Queen that he did exactly what he had always planned on doing, but this song was definitely personal for the singer. One of the reasons he asked to terminate his contract with Mercury was due to the fact that the label rejected several songs for a new album — with this one being one of them. Sometimes, he who laughs last in the music business laughs the loudest.
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