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Walker Hayes Revists ’90’s Country’ in New Single

"'90’s Country' is my tribute to the musical time period that moved me the most," said Hayes.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Walker Hayes Revists ’90’s Country’ in New Single
Walker Hayes; Photo Credit: Matthew Berinato

If you’re looking for a new jam, look no further than Walker Hayes’ latest single, “90’s Country.” Co-written by Hayes, Shane McAnally and LYRX, the song gives a dose of nostalgia by mentioning more than 20 song titles from the decade and telling a story of young love.

“I feel like, when we are young especially, while we are experiencing so many ‘firsts,’ when songs move us, we recall exactly where we were when we heard them. Also, the experience of hearing a song for the first time has so much to do with the emotions it will evoke in us for the rest of our lives,” Hayes shared with CMT. “So, ’90’s Country’ is my tribute to the musical time period that moved me the most. I listened to ’90s country with my mother in the car driving to the beach, with my father on the Waffle House jukebox, and with my brother in his truck driving to baseball games. These songs are very nostalgic.”

The bubbly, feel-good tune comes hot on the heels of Hayes’ moving “Craig,” which told the story of a man who provided for Hayes’ family when he needed help the most.

“Honestly, I wanted to take a break and release something lighter. ‘You Broke Up With Me’ was fun, yet definitely addressed an inner emotion of mine. The whole ‘How Do You Like Me Now’ attitude is how I felt when we released it against all odds. Then ‘Craig’ was about as deep as I can go. And I’d been working on ‘90’s Country’ for a while — we were back and forth about whether to release something else off of the album boom., or start fresh. We decided to start fresh with something no one had heard. We decided to finish this tune and go with it. Honestly, after losing (our baby daughter) Oakleigh this summer, I didn’t want a heavy song to explain. I just wanted to keep it light, still honest, but on the easy listening side.”

Can you catch all of the songs listed in Hayes’ “90’s Country”?

Songs Mentioned in “90’s Country”:
“Strawberry Wine” – Deana Carter
“Amazed” – Lonestar
“Cowboy Take Me Away” – Dixie Chicks
“Wink” – Neal McCoy
“I Like It, I Love It” – Tim McGraw
“Check Yes or No” – George Strait
“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” – Kenny Chesney
“Jukebox Junkie” – Ken Mellons
“Vidalia” – Sammy Kershaw
“Queen of My Double Wide Trailer” – Sammy Kershaw
“Shut Up and Kiss Me” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
“John Deere Green” – Joe Diffie
“I Cross My Heart” – George Strait
“Walkaway Joe” – Trisha Yearwood
“The Church on Cumberland Road” – Shenandoah
“Dust on the Bottle” – David Lee Murphy
“Sold (The Grundy County Auction)” – John Michael Montgomery
“She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” – Sammy Kershaw
“Chattahoochee” – Alan Jackson
“Daddy’s Money” -Ricochet
“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” – Shania Twain
“Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks