Shoulda Been a Hit: Blake Shelton’s “All Over Me” [Video]
This is one of those songs. And by “one of those songs” I mean a tune that would be a HUGE hit if it was released right now. But, the funny thing with a song like Blake Shelton’s “All Over Me” is that it was released before Blake was a bona fide country music superstar. That said, his very first single, “Austin” landed at number one on the Billboard Country chart. But his follow-up . . . this song . . . didn’t do well at all. Remember this??
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By the way, I will go ahead an apologize for that cheesy video. That’s all I could find on YouTube! But bless the YouTuber who loves this song, because I do too.
See, back in 2001, we didn’t really know Blake Shelton all that well. We didn’t understand, until he was on The Voice, the range he truly has as a singer and entertainer. Country boys in 2001 didn’t really sing in a falsetto. My hunch is . . . most of them couldn’t. But Blake could and did . . . and country music fans just didn’t know what to think.
Here’s what I think. Blake could release this song, he happened to co-write with Earl Thomas Conley, and would have a chart-topper with it. We understand Blake today and appreciate, to its fullest extent, his talent. Quite honestly, I think we should have appreciated it then too. Way back in 2001 when “All Over Me” peaked at #18. Dang it! It shoulda been a hit!