Back to his 10 best country songs

Born on August 22, 1957, country artist Holly Dunn began her journey through the country music landscape at an early age. The Texas native traveled to Nashville after graduating from college, looking for her own career in the industry. After finding work as a songwriter and demo singer, she landed her own solo recording contract in 1985.

She released her self-titled debut album the following year, which included her single “Daddy’s Hands”. This track became her first Top 10 hit in 1986 and began a string of hits that continued through the mid-1990s. During her career, she released 10 studio albums and ranked two number one hits 1: “Are You Ever Gonna Love Me” in 1989 and “You Really Had Me Going” in 1990.

Dunn retired from the country music industry in 2003 following the release of his last album and first gospel-centric project, Full circle. In 2016, she announced that she had been diagnosed with “a rare and very aggressive form of ovarian cancer”. Three years later, on November 14, 2016, Dunn died of the disease at the age of 59.

Although his life was cut short, Dunn’s impressive collection of country songs from the 1980s and 90s will live on through new generations of listeners. Let’s take a trip back in time and enjoy these 10 standout songs by Holly Dunn.

  • “Will You Ever Love Me”

    From: “The Blue Rose of Texas” (1989)

    Dunn co-wrote this with his brother Chris Waters and award-winning songwriter Tom Shapiro for his fourth album The Texas Blue Rose. The declarative tune was selected as the record’s lead single and became her first No. 1 hit in the summer of 1989.

  • “Love Someone Like Me”

    From: “Cornerstone” (1987)

    In 1987 Dunn released “Love Someone Like Me” as the lead single from his second album corner stone. Written by Dunn and fellow country talent Radney Foster, the pleading ode peaked at No. 2 on the country charts in the United States and Canada.

  • “Here’s My Heart Again”

    From: “The Blue Rose of Texas” (1989)

    This infectious single was a big hit for Dunn in the fall of 1989. His heartfelt delivery elevated the track’s compelling melody and lyrics, which were penned by fellow ’90s hitmaker Joe Diffie, as well as the songwriters- acclaimed composers Lonnie Wilson and Wayne Perry.

  • “Only when I love”

    From: “Cornerstone” (1987)

    Another Dunn, Chris Waters and Tom Shapiro co-write, “Only When I Love” shows off the softer side of his vocal talents. The nostalgia single reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1987.

  • “That’s what your love does to me”

    From: “Across the Rio Grande” (1988)

    The first single from Dunn’s third album Across the Rio Grande became another big hit, peaking at No. 5 on the country charts in 1988. Written by Dunn, Waters and Warren Peterson, “That’s What Your Love Does To Me” finds the amorous singer ready to settle down and put the honky-tonk nightlife behind her.

  • “Strangers Again”

    From: “Cornerstone” (1987)

    There are few experiences as disconcerting or dizzying as the end of an intimate relationship. Waters and Dunn teamed up to write the heartbreaking and thoughtful “Strangers Again,” which climbed to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot Country singles chart in 1988.

  • “(It’s Always Gonna Be) Someday”

    From: “Across the Rio Grande” (1988)

    How long does it take for true love to arrive? When do you know it’s time to move on? These are the questions at the heart of “(It’s Always Gonna Be) Someday”, which served as the second single from Dunn’s third album in 1988. The heartbreaking tune reached No. 11 on Billboard‘s country chart that same year.

  • “Heart Full of Love”

    From: “Heart Full of Love” (1990)

    The title track from Dunn’s famous 1990 album is a celebration of a love that makes everything in life even better than before. The cheerful tune was penned by Greek-born country songwriter Kostas, who penned some of the genre’s biggest hits of the decade, including The Chicks’ “I Can Love You Better,” “Timber, I ‘m Falling in Love” by Patty Loveless,” and “Because You Love Me” by Jo Dee Messina.

  • “You really got me going”

    From: “Heart Full of Love” (1990)

    Dunn, Waters and Shapiro struck country gold again with the first single from his 1990 record Heart full of love. The fiery track “You Really Had Me Going” became Dunn’s latest No. 1 hit and stands as one of his most recognizable recordings.

  • “Daddy’s Hands”

    Excerpt from: “Holly Dunn” (1986)

    Released in 1986 as the final single from her self-titled debut album, “Daddy’s Hands” became Holly Dunn’s trademark song. Dunn wrote the song as a Father’s Day gift to his dad with no real intention of sharing it with the world. It received so much positive feedback from friends and fans that she opted to record and release it, but Dunn was unprepared for the popularity of the emotional track.

    “Daddy’s Hands” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard charts and landed her nominations for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 1987 Grammy Awards.

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