Ladies in the '90s

Album: Yet to be titled (2018)
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  • Co-penned by Lauren Alaina, this fun, upbeat song tells the story of her childhood through references to the music her parents were playing.

    I was raised on radio waves where the ladies dominated
    Sometime I close my eyes and just replay it

    Back in the 1990s, female country artists didn't struggle to be heard on the radio, as they do now.
  • As well as referencing the titles of songs by country legends like "Fancy" (Reba McEntire), "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (Shania Twain), and "Cowboy Take Me Away" (Dixie Chicks), Alaina also gives a shout-out to tunes by pop and R&B stars such as "Genie in a Bottle" (Christina Aguilera), "Vogue" (Madonna)," and "No Scrubs" (TLC).

    I just wanna feel like ladies in the '90s
    Turn the dial and find me some 'Strawberry Wine'
    So I can sing all night long, actin' like I'm Britney
    Come on, 'baby, hit me' just 'one more time'

    Alaina references in the chorus Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine" and Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time."
  • Lauren Alaina wrote the song with:

    English singer-songwriter Amy Wadge, who was a childhood friend of Ed Sheeran. They have collaborated together since Sheeran's early EP, Songs I Wrote With Amy. Their co-writes include Sheeran's hit singles "Thinking Out Loud" and "Galway Girl."

    Nashville musician and producer Jesse Frasure, whose other credits include Jon Pardi's "Dirt on My Boots," Chris Lane's "Fix," and Rascal-Flatts' "I Like the Sound of That."
  • The song was released just a couple of weeks after Walker Hayes' "90's Country." His song pulls a similar trick, telling a love story through the titles of classic country songs from the 1990s.
  • Lauren Alaina explained that she co-wrote the song to say thank you to the women she heard on the radio when she was a little girl dreaming of being a country star.

    "I grew up in a time where my dreams could come true because there were women doing it, and I believed I could be a female on the radio and be a songwriter and be a woman on stage, because Martina, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Shania, the Dixie Chicks – all of these women were doing it fearlessly and inspired me to become who I am, and I wanted to write a song for them to thank them."

    Alaina added that she grew up during a time in country music where women had a good share of airplays on the radio. Unfortunately, that's not the case now and a question she often gets asked is why there's such a lack of female presence on the airwaves. A second reason for writing this song, she said, was to "put a positive spin on my answer to why aren't more women on the radio? My answer is I have no idea, but look how amazing it is when they are."
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