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Kenny Chesney
"Greatest Hits"

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Year of Release: 2000

track listing
  • I Lost It
  • Don't Happen Twice
  • The Tin Man
  • Fall In Love
  • All I Need To Know
  • For The First Time
  • Me And You
  • Back Where I Come From
  • When I Close My Eyes
  • She's Got It All
  • That's Why I'm Here
  • How Forever Feels
  • You Had Me From Hello
  • She Thinks My Tractor
    Is Sexy
  • What I Need To Do
  • Baptism
  • Because Of Your Love

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    The month of January is always cold. Yet, the music of Kenny Chesney should make us feel warm. Kenny returns this week, with his Greatest Hits Hsssss compilation. And, like many Greatest Hits / Best Of compilations, or a box set "anthology," there are new, unreleased tracks included. This Greatest Hits compilation was released in 2000. He had five studio albums previously released. This compilation was his first Greatest Hits set: Songs from his previous albums, plus a total of four new tracks, one live recording, a remix, and re-recording. So, for those who had his previous released studio album, this album does have a reason to have it in your Kenny Chesney library. 17 songs, 7 "new/live/redone" tracks. That's almost half of the album right there.

    By 2000, Kenny Chesney was just breaking ground, to become a popular and well-known Country artist. In looking at the song titles, just a few would get the "I know/remember that one!" Again, he was just getting started, having 5 studio albums, and at that time, his first Greatest Hits compilation.

    Of the four new tracks, "I Lost It" starts off the set, and would become a single. It's a nice, calm tune. It has a George Strait feel, as if he (Strait) could have recorded it himself. "Don't Happen Twice" is the second of four new tracks, and I vaugely remember hearing it before, but it's not of his tunes that triggers the memory bells right away. Regardless of that, it is a good typical Kenny Chesney tune. "The Tin Man" was originally from his In My Wildest Dreams (1994) album, and for this compilation, it was re-recorded. In My Wildest Dreams was Kenny's first studio album, so it's obvious, that not many songs from this album were instant hits. Yet, this re-recording is a nice, calm, good tune by Kenny. That same concept of no big hits (yet) is from his second studio album, where the tune "Fall In Love" is from -- All I Need To Know (1995). "Fall In Love" is a great, bouncy Country tune, being compared to the early Tim McGraw. The title track of Kenny's second album is next, another nice, calm Country tune.

    "For The First Time" is the third new track, and its a good upbeat Country tune, typical Kenny. "Me ANd You" is more of a ballad, and it's from All I Need To Know." Another nice, ballad'ish tune. "Back Where I Come From" was originally written and recorded by Country artist Mac McAnnally. Kenny recorded it for his third studio album, Me And You (1996). Kenny has the live version for this compilation, as he explains in the beginning, of how it growing up in the country. He says it's one of his favorite tunes. The next track is from the Me And You album, "When I Close My Eyes." COUNTRY. Keith Whitley comes to mind on this one. (Did I mention that this set has COUNTRY TUNES? More on that later...)

    1997 saw the release of the fourth studio album, I Will Stand. And from it, "She's Got It All" is a song that was just getting the popularity started for him. YES! This is one I definitely rememmbered. Brooks & Dunn comes to mind on this one also. Another track from that album is next, "That's Why I'm Here." Another nice Country tune.

    Kenny's next album was released in 1999 -- Everywhere We Go. "How Forever Feels" is one of Kenny's best tunes. A GREAT TUNE! Jimmy Buffett, Richard Petty are mentioned in this song. The next tune is another great one, the nice, ballad'ish "You Had Me From Hello." By this time now, KENNY CHESNEY was becoming a well-known artist. Both "How Forever Feels" and "You Had Me From Hello" reached #1 on the Country singles chart (Billboard). Another track from Every We Go, reminds me of the musical style of Trace Adkins' "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk." Tractors seemed to be a popular thing in County songs, "She Thinks My Tractor Is Sexy" is this tune. (And Jason Aldean would later have his reference to Tractors - "Big Green Tractor" (2009). Another nice ballad is next, also from Everywhere We Go -- "What I Need To Do." Once again, another nice ballad'ish tune, "Baptism" is a duet with Randy Travis. It's also from the Everywhere We Go release. The last song is the fourth new track, and it's another nice Country song -- "Because Of Your Love."

    Kenny Chesney is a true COUNTRY artist. No Pop-Country sound, no Country Rap either (!!) THIS IS PURE COUNTRY. That is all to say.

    All in all, this is a great compilation of an artist that would become famous in Country music. COUNTRY MUSIC. He would later of course, become more and more popular. A legend in the making, Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits is a great introduction to his music. But for those who were there in the beginning, expecially by 1999, Kenny Chensey's career has soared into great Country popularity. He has released many albums since that first Greatest Hits compilation, and also achieving many #1 Country hits to his credit. From the Greatest Hits, a total of _ songs reached #1: "She's Got It All," "How Forever Feels," "You Had Me From Hello," and "Don't Happen Twice." (As of this date, Kenny has achieved a total of 23 #1 COUNTRY songs. That is quite an accomplishment. They are all great COUNTRY songs. And 17 Number One Country albums. His latest, Here And Now was released in 2020.

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