He’s the King of Country. He didn’t get that title by having 10 number 1 hits. Or even 20. Or 30 or 40. You see where this is going. Countless number ones, but yet arguably the best George Strait song only reached number 2 on the charts.
“Run” was released in September of 2001. The song was blocked from the top by Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me” and a month later by Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).” So in all fairness there was some stiff competition at a very fragile and uncertain time.
The song did reach the top of the Canadian Country charts — Strait’s very first number one, north of the border. Thanks, Canada.
This song is such a piece of art, from the haunting opening cords, to the soaring harmonies of the chorus. It doesn’t sound like any other song out there, country or otherwise, and it even strays a little from the familiar sound we were used to with George Strait.
There’s no doubt this is still, clearly, a fan favorite. It was the song Strait brought home to this years ACMS’s, which he sang with Miranda Lambert, and that moment became one of the most memorable performances of the night.
The King could re-record this song, throw it on country radio, and 18 years later this song would be making its way to the top spot.