Every Country Music Song of the Year Since 1967

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1992: Look at Us
> Songwriter(s): Max D. Barnes, Vince Gill
> Performer / recording artist: Vince Gill
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 17 weeks between Oct. 12, 1991 and Feb. 1, 1992

Vince Gill scored his second Song of the Year honor in a row with this collaboration with veteran Nashville songwriter Max D. Barnes. Gill co-wrote the song for his wife Janis to celebrate their marriage.

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1993: I Still Believe in You
> Songwriter(s): John Barlow Jarvis, Vince Gill
> Performer / recording artist: Vince Gill
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 19 weeks between July 11, 1992 and Nov. 14, 1992

John Barlow Jarvis has co-written songs for the likes of Wayon Jennings, The Judds, Gary Morris, Delbert McClinton, Mac Davis, and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. He also co-wrote this song with Vince Gill, the third Gill Song of the Year in as many years.

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1994: Chattahoochee
> Songwriter(s): Alan Jackson, Jim McBride
> Performer / recording artist: Alan Jackson
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 17 weeks between June 5, 1993 and Sep. 25, 1993

Jim McBride’s first real success as a songwriter came when Conway Twitty recorded his “A Bridge That Just Won’t Burn” in 1980. In the early ’90s, he met a young singer-songwriter named Alan Jackson, and the rest was country music history. The two co-wrote a string of No. 1 hits for Jackson, including “Chasing that Neon Rainbow,” “(Who Says) You Can’t Have It All,” “Someday,” and this smash hit.

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1995: Independence Day
> Songwriter(s): Gretchen Peters
> Performer / recording artist: Martina McBride
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 17 weeks between May 28, 1994 and Sep. 17, 1994

Herself a recording artist, Gretchen Peters had early success with this song about domestic abuse recorded by Martina McBride, who got her start opening for Garth Brooks before becoming a country star on her own. Dubbed Songwriter of the Year at the 1996 Nashville Music Awards, Peters has also written for Bryan Adams, Trisha Yearwood, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and others.

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1996: Go Rest High on That Mountain
> Songwriter(s): Vince Gill
> Performer / recording artist: Vince Gill
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 18 weeks between Sep. 16, 1995 and Jan. 13, 1996

Vince Gill’s fourth entry on the roster of Song of the Year winners, this soulful ballad about personal loss is his work alone, as both songwriter and singer. The song won two Grammy awards, including Best Country Song.