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Every Popular '90s Country Singer Looks Better Now Than They Did Back Then – Here's Proof

The ’90s were a TIME for country music! It was on fire!

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So, when I came across what popular ’90s artists look like now, I couldn’t help but have a jaw-drop moment. Lordy, do they look great!

1. Tim McGraw

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What he was doing in the ’90s: In 1994, “Don’t Take The Girl” reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart and hit 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. “It’s Your Love” and “Just to See You Smile” were the top country songs of 1997 and 1998, according to Billboard Year-End.

What he’s doing now: Yes, he is still married to Faith Hill! He is currently on his Songs of America Book Tour with Jon Meacham. Last year he released his singles “Neon Church” and “Thought About You.” To date, Tim has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

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What he was doing in the ’90s: In 1994, “Don’t Take The Girl” reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart and hit 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. “It’s Your Love” and “Just to See You Smile” were the top country songs of 1997 and 1998, according to Billboard Year-End.

What he’s doing now: Yes, he is still married to Faith Hill! He is currently on his Songs of America Book Tour with Jon Meacham. Last year he released his singles “Neon Church” and “Thought About You.” To date, Tim has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

2. Dixie Chicks

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What they were doing in the ’90s: The Dixie Chicks rose to fame after the success of their 1997 single “I Can Love You Better,” which reached the Top 10 on American country music charts. The following year, they released the hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces.”

What they are doing now: Lead singer Natalie Maines just revealed that a new Dixie Chicks album is coming soon.

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What they were doing in the ’90s: The Dixie Chicks rose to fame after the success of their 1997 single “I Can Love You Better,” which reached the Top 10 on American country music charts. The following year, they released the hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces.”

What they are doing now: Lead singer Natalie Maines just revealed that a new Dixie Chicks album is coming soon.

3. Garth Brooks

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What he was doing in the ’90s: After the success of his album No Fences in 1989, Garth continued to have a success in the ’90s with his singles “The River,” “What She’s Doing Now,” and a cover of Billy Joel’s “Shameless.” He went on to become the first country artist with three albums in the Billboard 200’s top 20 in one week.

What he’s doing now: Garth and Blake Shelton actually just released a duet called “Dive Bar.” Garth is also on tour right now.

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What he was doing in the ’90s: After the success of his album No Fences in 1989, Garth continued to have a success in the ’90s with his singles “The River,” “What She’s Doing Now,” and a cover of Billy Joel’s “Shameless.” He went on to become the first country artist with three albums in the Billboard 200’s top 20 in one week.

What he’s doing now: Garth and Blake Shelton actually just released a duet called “Dive Bar.” Garth is also on tour right now.

4. Shania Twain

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Her album Woman in Me was released in 1995 when her song “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” rose to number 11 on the Billboard Country Chart. Following that, her hit “Any Man of Mine” became the number-one single in the Country Top 10 and it reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

What she’s doing now: Shania is coming to Las Vegas later this year, with a residency called “Let’s Go!” Her new series opens in December at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Her album Woman in Me was released in 1995 when her song “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” rose to number 11 on the Billboard Country Chart. Following that, her hit “Any Man of Mine” became the number-one single in the Country Top 10 and it reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

What she’s doing now: Shania is coming to Las Vegas later this year, with a residency called “Let’s Go!” Her new series opens in December at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

5. LeAnn Rimes

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Before crossing over to pop in the late ’90s, LeAnn’s debut album Blue reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

What she’s doing now: In April of this year, she released Rimes: Live at Gruene Hall and last year she released an EP called Re-Imagined. It featured re-recorded versions of her popular songs “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” “Blue,” “One Way Ticket,” “How Do I Live,” and “Borrowed.”

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Before crossing over to pop in the late ’90s, LeAnn’s debut album Blue reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

What she’s doing now: In April of this year, she released Rimes: Live at Gruene Hall and last year she released an EP called Re-Imagined. It featured re-recorded versions of her popular songs “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” “Blue,” “One Way Ticket,” “How Do I Live,” and “Borrowed.”

6. Reba McEntire

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Reba had multiple successful songs in the ’80s and in the ’90s – like “Fancy” and “Is There Life Out There.” In the early 1990s, she even branched into film with Tremors.

What she’s doing now: Today Reba is often called “The Queen of Country” because she is one of the best-selling artists of all time. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide. This year, she released an album called Stronger Than the Truth, which paid tribute to her Oklahoma roots. It became her 25th top five entry on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Reba had multiple successful songs in the ’80s and in the ’90s – like “Fancy” and “Is There Life Out There.” In the early 1990s, she even branched into film with Tremors.

What she’s doing now: Today Reba is often called “The Queen of Country” because she is one of the best-selling artists of all time. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide. This year, she released an album called Stronger Than the Truth, which paid tribute to her Oklahoma roots. It became her 25th top five entry on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

7. Alan Jackson

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What he was doing in the ’90s: Alan already had a Greatest Hits Collection that was released in 1995. Some of his famous songs during the ’90s include “I’ll Try,” “Tall, Tall Trees,” “Livin’ on Love,” and “Gone Country.”

What he’s doing now: Alan Jackson is currently on tour! Check out his concert dates here.

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What he was doing in the ’90s: Alan already had a Greatest Hits Collection that was released in 1995. Some of his famous songs during the ’90s include “I’ll Try,” “Tall, Tall Trees,” “Livin’ on Love,” and “Gone Country.”

What he’s doing now: Alan Jackson is currently on tour! Check out his concert dates here.

8. Deana Carter

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Deana is most widely known for her 1996 hit “Strawberry Wine” which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks.

What she’s doing now: She is currently touring and acting. Her movie A Very Country Wedding was released last month.

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Deana is most widely known for her 1996 hit “Strawberry Wine” which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks.

What she’s doing now: She is currently touring and acting. Her movie A Very Country Wedding was released last month.

9. Kenny Chesney

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What he was doing in the ’90s: Kenny had several hit albums in the ’90s: In My Wildest Dreams, All I Need to Know, Me and You, I Will Stand, and Everywhere We Go (which featured his hit “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”).

What he’s doing now: Kenny is touring the US this year at smaller-sized venues and arenas rather than at larger stadiums.

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What he was doing in the ’90s: Kenny had several hit albums in the ’90s: In My Wildest Dreams, All I Need to Know, Me and You, I Will Stand, and Everywhere We Go (which featured his hit “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”).

What he’s doing now: Kenny is touring the US this year at smaller-sized venues and arenas rather than at larger stadiums.

10. Trisha Yearwood

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Trisha released a self-titled debut album in 1991 where her lead single “She’s in Love with the Boy” peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Chart. She went on to play adult contemporary and country pop music later in the ’90s.

What she’s doing now: Her single “Every Girl in This Town” was released this summer. It debuted at number 21 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. She is also going on her first solo tour in five years, starting this October.

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Trisha released a self-titled debut album in 1991 where her lead single “She’s in Love with the Boy” peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Chart. She went on to play adult contemporary and country pop music later in the ’90s.

What she’s doing now: Her single “Every Girl in This Town” was released this summer. It debuted at number 21 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. She is also going on her first solo tour in five years, starting this October.

11. Vince Gill

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What he was doing in the ’90s: Vince released successful albums in the ’90s – he played both electric and acoustic guitars while singing. Some popular songs include “One More Last Chance” and “I Still Believe In You.”

What he’s doing now: Vince has been touring with the Eagles since 2017, singing the lead vocals. His new album Okie is available this August.

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What he was doing in the ’90s: Vince released successful albums in the ’90s – he played both electric and acoustic guitars while singing. Some popular songs include “One More Last Chance” and “I Still Believe In You.”

What he’s doing now: Vince has been touring with the Eagles since 2017, singing the lead vocals. His new album Okie is available this August.

12. Pam Tillis

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Pam won the CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year Award in 1994 and was nominated multiple times throughout the ’90s for Grammy’s Best Female Country Vocal Performance of “Maybe It Was Memphis,” “Mi Vida Loca,” and “All The Good Ones Are Gone.”

What she’s doing now: Pam is currently playing shows on tour for Chicks with Hits. In addition, she is working on a new album set to be released later this year.

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Pam won the CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year Award in 1994 and was nominated multiple times throughout the ’90s for Grammy’s Best Female Country Vocal Performance of “Maybe It Was Memphis,” “Mi Vida Loca,” and “All The Good Ones Are Gone.”

What she’s doing now: Pam is currently playing shows on tour for Chicks with Hits. In addition, she is working on a new album set to be released later this year.

13. Martina McBride

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Martina released her second album The Way That I Am in the ’90s and it featured two singles that got into the country top ten. “My Baby Loves Me” peaked at number two and “Life No. 9” peaked at number six. Her other album Wild Angels featured “Safe in the Arms of Love,” which hit the top five on country charts.

What she’s doing now: Her Christmas album It’s the Holiday Season was released last year along with a cookbook called “Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life.” Martina also has a cooking show on Food Network called Martina’s Table.

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Martina released her second album The Way That I Am in the ’90s and it featured two singles that got into the country top ten. “My Baby Loves Me” peaked at number two and “Life No. 9” peaked at number six. Her other album Wild Angels featured “Safe in the Arms of Love,” which hit the top five on country charts.

What she’s doing now: Her Christmas album It’s the Holiday Season was released last year along with a cookbook called “Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life.” Martina also has a cooking show on Food Network called Martina’s Table.

14. Billy Ray Cyrus

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What he was doing in the ’90s: Billy’s hit song “Achey Breaky Heart” reached number one for five consecutive weeks on country charts and was also a hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, his album, Some Gave All, was certified nine times Multi-Platinum in the United States in 1996.

What he’s doing now: Billy Ray has an album called The Snakedoctor Circus out right now. He also did a remix of Lil Nas X’s song”Old Town Road,” which remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten consecutive weeks.

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What he was doing in the ’90s: Billy’s hit song “Achey Breaky Heart” reached number one for five consecutive weeks on country charts and was also a hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, his album, Some Gave All, was certified nine times Multi-Platinum in the United States in 1996.

What he’s doing now: Billy Ray has an album called The Snakedoctor Circus out right now. He also did a remix of Lil Nas X’s song”Old Town Road,” which remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten consecutive weeks.

15. SheDaisy

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What they were doing in the ’90s: The group’s 1999 debut album, The Whole SHeBANG, featured three singles that did very well on Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts: “Little Good-Byes,” “This Woman Needs,” and “I Will… But.”

What they were doing now: The group hasn’t done anything since 2011, when they released a cover of “With a Little Luck” as part of the Linda McCartney tribute album.

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What they were doing in the ’90s: The group’s 1999 debut album, The Whole SHeBANG, featured three singles that did very well on Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts: “Little Good-Byes,” “This Woman Needs,” and “I Will… But.”

What they were doing now: The group hasn’t done anything since 2011, when they released a cover of “With a Little Luck” as part of the Linda McCartney tribute album.

16. Brooks and Dunn

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What they were doing in the ’90s: The first single from Brooks & Dunn’s fourth album, Borderline, was a cover version of B.W. Stevenson’s 1972 single “My Maria.” Their version of the song spent three weeks at number one and it was also that year’s top country song, according to the Billboard Year-End charts.

What they are doing now: Brooks and Dunn are still currently touring and their new album called Reboot features re-recordings of their previous hit songs with guest vocals from popular country music artists.

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What they were doing in the ’90s: The first single from Brooks & Dunn’s fourth album, Borderline, was a cover version of B.W. Stevenson’s 1972 single “My Maria.” Their version of the song spent three weeks at number one and it was also that year’s top country song, according to the Billboard Year-End charts.

What they are doing now: Brooks and Dunn are still currently touring and their new album called Reboot features re-recordings of their previous hit songs with guest vocals from popular country music artists.

17. Jo Dee Messina

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Her self-titled debut album was released in 1996, which featured the Top 10 hits “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore.” Her second album – I’m Alright – was released in 1998 and it had three number one singles: “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright,” and “Stand Beside Me.”

What she’s doing now: Last year her song “Bigger Than This” came out and it caught the attention of both country music and Christian music industries. She is currently on tour.

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What she was doing in the ’90s: Her self-titled debut album was released in 1996, which featured the Top 10 hits “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore.” Her second album – I’m Alright – was released in 1998 and it had three number one singles: “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright,” and “Stand Beside Me.”

What she’s doing now: Last year her song “Bigger Than This” came out and it caught the attention of both country music and Christian music industries. She is currently on tour.

18. George Strait

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What he was doing in the ’90s: In 1990, he had already released his tenth studio album – Livin’ It Up – which featured two number one hits, including “Love Without End, Amen” and “I’ve Come to Expect It From You.” George continued to have successful albums throughout the ’90s.

What he’s doing now: This year George released his 30th studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine. He also recently announced he will be performing in Kansas next year.

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What he was doing in the ’90s: In 1990, he had already released his tenth studio album – Livin’ It Up – which featured two number one hits, including “Love Without End, Amen” and “I’ve Come to Expect It From You.” George continued to have successful albums throughout the ’90s.

What he’s doing now: This year George released his 30th studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine. He also recently announced he will be performing in Kansas next year.

19. Faith Hill

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What she was doing in the ’90s: After her debut album, Take Me As I Am, Faith became the first female country singer in 30 years to hold Billboard’s number one position for four consecutive weeks with her song “Wild One.” Her version of “Piece of My Heart” also made its way to the top of the country charts.

What she’s doing now: Faith is currently an executive producer of the Emmy-nominated daytime talk show Pickler and Ben. In addition, she is a judge on CBS’s The World’s Best.

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What she was doing in the ’90s: After her debut album, Take Me As I Am, Faith became the first female country singer in 30 years to hold Billboard’s number one position for four consecutive weeks with her song “Wild One.” Her version of “Piece of My Heart” also made its way to the top of the country charts.

What she’s doing now: Faith is currently an executive producer of the Emmy-nominated daytime talk show Pickler and Ben. In addition, she is a judge on CBS’s The World’s Best.

’90s country forever!



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