During the early 90s, a fresh wave of commercial traditionalist country music exploded, with Aaron Tippin being a part of it. His sentimental ballads and working-class anthems resonated with many country music fans of his generation. Aaron was not your ordinary folk for someone who wanted to be a pilot and had even gained a pilot’s license. However, his marriage broke up, and his dream to be a commercial airline pilot ended abruptly after being fired.
He later moved to Nashville, where he worked as a songwriter at Acuff -Rose, where he wrote for famous artists such as Charlie Pride, Mark Collie, and David Ball. Tippin released his first album, You’ve Got To Stand For Something, in 1991, which featured an excellent studio band of Mark O’Connor, Larrie Londin, and Emory Gordy Jr.
Tippin’s music endeared him to many female fans with his album Read Between the Lines producing his first chart-topper, “There Ain’t Nothing Wrong With The Radio.” Throughout his short musical career, Aaron Tippin released several other top 10 hits, but his popularity took a nosedive after the release of his 1995 classic, “That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You.”
Aaron Tippin spent several years releasing no music, but in 2013, he appeared in the “All In The Same Boat Tour” with fellow country singers such as Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw. With that brief history of this legendary country musician, let us have a look at some of his greatest songs of all time.
10. Whole Lotta Love on the Line
Legendary country musician Charley Pride initially recorded this track for his album The Best of Charley Pride. However, Aaron Tippin recorded it and released it in 1994 as the fourth track from the album Call of the Wild. The song’s lyrics are fantastic, and the way Aaron Tippin delivers them through his amazing voice makes this song truly great.
9. She Made a Memory Out of Me – You’ve Got to Stand for Something
Our number nine song on the list of the best Aaron Tippin songs of all time is a song about a lady who was in love with Tippin, but Tippin was cheating on her. As the song’s lyrics say, the lady moved him from her heart to the back of her mind. In the song, Aaron expresses his regrets for treating her that way. “She Made a Memory Out of Me” is the seventh track from his 1991 hit album, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something.”
8. For You I Will
“For You I Will” is the lead single from Aaron Tippin’s 1998 album, What This Country Needs. The song, set on a steel guitar backdrop, sees Tippin change his working man-theme style to a slightly romantic tone with incredible lyrics. The track performed well in the charts, peaking at position six on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Tracks.
7. My Blue Angel
The video is about a woman in a relationship with a man. However, she leaves him for a thug, only for the thug to reveal that the lady is an undercover police detective. The video ends with an embrace after Tippin, and the lady meet again, with the lady showing Tippin his police badge. The track peaked at position seven on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks and position 16 in the Canada Country Tracks in 1993.
6. Kiss This
Rumour has it that Aaron Tippin wrote this song with his wife after an argument. “Kiss This” is a song based on a woman who revenges on his cheating husband. The song’s incredible lyrics feature classic lines such as “draggin him down the list of done me wrongs.” “Kiss This” became the last Aaron Tippin number one song on the charts. Surely, his record label should have encouraged him to get into more arguments with his wife so that he can release such hits.
5. Working Man’s PhD
“Working Man’s PhD” is a song dedicated to the average American working-class man. The hit song was released in 1993 from the album “Call of the Wild.” The song peaked at position 7 on the Billboard US Hot Country Songs and number 6 on the Canada Country Tracks.
4. Where The Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly – Stars and Stripes
“Where The Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” is one of the greatest patriotic songs ever. Listening to this song fuels the American pride in you because of its highly patriotic view of the U.S. The song was released on September 2001 from the album Stars & Stripes. The video of the song was filmed in different New York locations and shows the rubble at the World Trade Center after 9/11 terror attacks.
3. You’ve Got To Stand For Something
You cannot afford to be a puppet on a string throughout your life. It is essential to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything. “You’ve Got To Stand For Something” is a song that has a true meaning.The song was released in 1990 and was Aaron Tippin’s first music video.
2. I Got It Honest
I always liked Aaron Tippin’s music when I was younger. However, I appreciate his music more and he has become one of my favorite country musicians. “I Got It Honest” is the lead single from Aaron Tippin’s 1994 album Lookin’ Back at Myself. The track peaked at position 9 in the Canada Country Tracks and at position 15 in the US Hot Country Songs.
1. That’s As Close As I’ll Get to Loving You – Tool Box
The top song on our list of the best Aaron Tippin songs is a song which talks about a man’s anxiety because of loving a woman who is far away from him. “That’s As Close As I’ll Get to Loving You” was released in August 1995 from Aaron Tippin’s hit album Tool Box. The song displays Aaron’s vocal prowess and his eloquent expression of love, which does justice to the fine lyrics. The whole video of the song was released in black and white and it peaked at the top position on CMT’s Top 12 Countdown in December 1995. The song also peaked at position on the Billboard US Hot Country Songs and number 10 on the Canada Country Tracks.
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