No One Else On Earth

Album: Wynonna (1992)
Charted: 83
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Songfacts®:

  • In this fiery anthem, Wynonna Judd builds strong defenses to protect her heart, but a determined man breaks his way through to her soul. "I'm outta control," she belts. "How did you get to me?"

    It was written by country scribes Jill Colucci and Stewart Harris, who previously collaborated on the Travis Tritt hit "I'm Gonna Be Somebody," along with The Pointer Sisters' "Dare Me" songwriter Sam Lorber.
  • It was written by country scribes Jill Colucci and Stewart Harris, who previously collaborated on the Travis Tritt hit "I'm Gonna Be Somebody," along with The Pointer Sisters' "Dare Me" songwriter Sam Lorber.

    Colucci (who was also the voice of the America's Funniest Home Videos theme song, "The Funny Things You Do," in the '90s) was walking down the halls of EMI Music when she ran into producer Tony Brown. He told Colucci he was looking for songs for Wynonna, who was newly solo from The Judds and planning her debut album, and asked if she had any. She came up with this tune, and it became one of the signature songs of Wynonna's solo career.
  • Although she doesn't like the word "crossover" because she doesn't believe in categorizing music, Wynonna was a key player in country music going mainstream in the early '90s after the dissolution of The Judds. Wynonna wasn't sure if she, or her fans, was ready to forge ahead with a solo career so soon after the duo's unexpected split (due to mom Naomi's Hepatitis C diagnosis) but she went ahead and released her self-titled debut in 1992. Three of the album's singles went to #1 on the Country chart, with "No One Else On Earth" also breaking into the Billboard Hot 100. The album also went to #4 in the US, where it sold 5 million copies.
  • This was #1 on the Country chart for four weeks, making it one of four singles to hold the top spot for four or more weeks. The others were "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus, "What She's Doing Now" by Garth Brooks, and "Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks & Dunn.
  • After her daughter was born in 1996, Wynonna's postpartum performances took a toll on this singer, especially this strenuous track. She recalled in her 2007 autobiography, Coming Home To Myself, "Five weeks after Grace was born, I was back out on the road singing 'No One Else On Earth' at the top of my lungs and feeling the sting from my C-section stitches."
  • When Wynonna performed this at the Grand Ole Opry in 2005, she told the crowd how the song allowed her to fully unleash her sassy side right at the start of her solo career. "As time went on, the more you listened, the sassier I got," she said, "and this next song pushed me over the edge. I like it there."
  • The album earned Wynonna a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1993, but she lost to Mary Chapin Carpenter for "I Feel Lucky."

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