Mark Chesnutt Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)
Mark Nelson Chesnutt was born on September 6th 1963 in Beaumont, Texas USA. He quit school in the 111th grade and began performing in clubs in Southeast Texas. His first album was “Doing My Country Thing”, a collection of 8 singles he’d released over the previous 10 years or so in 1988. In 1990 his second album “Too Cold At Home” peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
He produced his most successful work during the decade between 1990-2000, when he released 8 albums and 20 Top 10 singles including 8 that reached the number 1 spot.
Best Mark Chesnutt Albums Of All Time
Mark has released 26 albums in total and as always we will rank the top 15 as we see them from the rest to the best.
15. Tradition Lives (2016)
This was Mark’s 15th studio album which was released on July 8th 2016. It includes the track “There Won’t Be Another You” which was a cover of the Merle Haggard song that Mark had recorded years before. It was never intended to be released on this album but was included as the album was scheduled for release shortly after Merle’s death.
14. Heard It In A Love Song (2006)
“Heard It In A Love Song” was Mark’s 12th studio album which was released on September 5th 2006. This album produced covers of Tammy Wynette’s “Apartment #9”, Waylon Jennings “Dreaming My Dreams With You” and The Marshall Tucker Band 1977 hit single “Heard It In A Love Song” which is also the title track.
13. Outlaw (2010)
Released on June 22nd 2010 this was Mark’s 14th studio album. It is an album of cover songs made famous by artists including; Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Hank Williams Jr. Mark was quoted as saying, “When I was first approached to record this CD, my reaction wasn’t just ‘yes,’ but ‘hell, yeah. I cut my teeth on this kind of music, and it’s an opportunity [that might not have otherwise presented itself] for me to pay tribute to some of my biggest heroes in country music”.
12. Rollin’ With The Flow (2008)
This was Mark’s 13th studio album which was released on June 24th 2008. The title track and lead single is a cover of Charlie Rich’s number 1 hit from 1977. Mark’s version peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Country charts. While all other singles from this album failed to chart apart from “She Never Got Over You” which peaked at number 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
11. Thank God For Believers (1997)
Released on September 23rd 1997 this was Mark’s 7th studio album and his 3rd for the Decca label. Singles released from this album include; “It’s Not Over”, “I Might Even Quit Lovin’ You” and the title track. The track “It’s Not Over” features Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.
10. Lost In The Feeling ( 2000)
Mark’s 9th studio album which was released on October 17th 2000 marked his return to MCA records. This album produced 2 singles; “Fallin’ Never Felt So Good” and the title track neither of which reached the Top 40 on the Hot Country Songs chart. This was the first album of his career to not chart any Top 40 hits. The album itself peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
9. Savin’ The Honky Tonk (2004)
Released on September 21st 2004, this was Mark’s 11th studio album and his first for the Vivaton! label. The album cover features all of Mark Chesnutt’s road band and crew. This album contains the Keith Whitley song “Would These Arms Be In Your Way” and Kevin Fowler’s “Beer, Bait and Ammo”.
8. Mark Chesnutt (2002)
Mark’s 10th studio album which was released on May 21st 2002 was his only album for Columbia Records. This album produced the singles “She Was”, “I Want My Baby Back” and “I’m In Love With A Married Woman” The album peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
7. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (1999)
Released on February 9th 1999, this was Mark’s 8th studio album and his last for the Decca label. He released the title track as a single and it became his last number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was also his biggest crossover hit reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard 100 chart.
6. What A Way to Live (1994)
This was Mark’s 5th studio album and his first for the Decca label. It was released on September 13th 1994 and as well as the number 1 hit “Gonna Get A Life” there were 3 other singles released from this album which were; “She Dreams”, “Goin’ Through The Big D” and “Down In Tennessee”. This is the album that produced the duet with Waylon Jennings “Rainy Day Woman”.
5. Wings (1995)
Released on October 3rd 1995 this was Mark’s 6th studio album and his 2nd for the Decca label. This was the first of Mark’s studio albums not to achieve RIAA certification and the first produced by Tony Brown.
4. Greatest Hits (1996)
This was Mark’s first greatest hits compilation album which was released on November 19th 1996. This album contains 10 Top 5 hit songs from his 2nd to 5th studio albums as well as 2 previously unrecorded tracks which were “It’s A Little Too Late” and “Let It Rain”. “It’s A Little Too Late” made it to the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
3. Longnecks & Short Stories (1992)
Released on March 21st 1992, this was Mark’s 3rd studio album released on the MCA label. There were 4 singles released from this album which were all Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “I’ll Think Of Something” reaching the number 1 spot. The other singles were “Old Flames Have New Names”, “Ol’ Country” and “Bubba Shot The Jukebox”. Also included on this album was the track “Talking To Hank” a duet with George Jones and the track “It’s Not Over” featuring Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.
2. Almost Goodbye (1993)
This was the 4th studio album, released by Mark Chesnutt on June 22nd 1993 on the MCA label. This album produced 4 singles with 3 “It Sure Is Monday”, “I Just Wanted You To Know” and the title track all reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The 4th, “Woman (Sensuous Woman)” peaked at number 21 on the same chart.
1. Too Cold At Home (1990)
This was Mark’s second studio album released on the MCA label on September 14th 1990. This album produced 5 singles which were “Brother Jukebox”, “Blame It On Texas”, “Your Love Is A Miracle”, “Broken Promise Land” and the title track. All 5 of those singles reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “Brother Jukebox” reaching number 1. The album itself peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
All Mark Chesnutt Albums In Chronological Order
|Doing My Country Thing||1988|
|Too Cold At Home||1990|
|Longnecks & Short Stories||1992|
|What A Way to Live||1994|
|Thank God For Believers||1997|
|Live In Concert||1997|
|I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing||1999|
|Lost In A Feeling||2000|
|Top Marks (His First Twenty Hits)||2000|
|20th Century Masters||2001|
|Savin’ Honky Tonk||2004|
|Heard It In A Love Song||2006|
|Rollin’ With The Flow||2008|
|The Ultimate Collection (Complete MCA Singles 1990-2000) (2 CD Set)||2011|
|Live From The Big D||2012|
|The Big Bang Concert Series-Live||2017|
|Gone But Not Forgotten…A Tribute Album By Mark Chesnutt||2018|
|Live From The Honky Tonk (Deluxe Edition) (2-CD set)||2021|
Frequently Asked Questions
Mark Chesnutt’s best selling album is “Longnecks & Short Stories” which has sold in excess of a million copies.
The newest Mark Chesnutt album is “Live From The Honky Tonk (Deluxe Edition) which was released in 2021.
The first Mark Chesnutt album is “Doing My Country Thing” which was released in 1988.
Mark Chesnutt’s most famous song is “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” taken from the album of the same name.
Mark Chesnutt started singing as a career in 1980 and released his first album, “Doing My Country Thing” in 1988.
Mark Chesnutt’s genre is neotraditional country and honky tonk.