16 Biggest Hits

16 Biggest Hits

by Ricky SkaggsRicky Skaggs


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Does 16 Biggest Hits really contain Ricky Skaggs' 16 biggest hits as measured in the country singles charts? No, it doesn't. It contains his 13 biggest hits, plus three other songs that have special significance for the artist and his audience. Among his top 16 singles are "You Make Me Feel Like a Man," "Love's Gonna Get You Someday," and "Let It Be You," none of which are included here. In their place are "Don't Get Above Your Raising," Skaggs' first Epic single and first significant hit; "You May See Me Walkin'," his first Top Ten hit; and "Wheel Hoss," an album track from his Country Boy album written by his mentor, Bill Monroe. It's hard to argue with such substitutions, except to note that they rob the album's title of strict accuracy. The music contained here helped define the new traditionalist movement in country music in the '80s. Skaggs, a top instrumentalist steeped in bluegrass, found a formula at the start of that decade which combined a heavy emphasis on traditional playing with a fresh approach that didn't violate the old-time sound so much as extend it. Trends come and go, and after Skaggs' style passed from mass popularity he predictably returned to the traditional style from which he had emerged, but not before he had reinvigorated country music with the hits heard on this album, which stands as an excellent introduction to his most popular work.

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Release Date: 09/12/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646164020
catalogNumber: 61640
Rank: 4857


  1. Don't Get Above Your Raising
  2. You May See Me Walkin'
  3. Crying My Heart Out over You
  4. I Don't Care
  5. Heartbroke
  6. I Wouldn't Change You If I Could
  7. Highway 40 Blues
  8. You've Got a Lover
  9. Don't Cheat in Our Hometown
  10. Honey (Open That Door)
  11. Uncle Pen
  12. Something in My Heart
  13. Country Boy
  14. Wheel Hoss
  15. Cajun Moon
  16. Lovin' Only Me

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