The song is featured on Southside
Multi-platinum-selling country star Sam Hunt claims his eighth career No. 1 with “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s.” The track has ascended to the top of both the Country Aircheck/Mediabase and Billboard Country charts this week. The Georgia native co-wrote the single with Zach Crowell, Chris LaCorte, Josh Osborne and Ernest K Smith.
“My buddy, Josh Osborne, called me one afternoon when I was driving home from Nashville. He called me with this idea, ‘I Bet Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s.’ He said, ‘I feel like it sounds like you.’ I said, ‘Man, I love it. Let’s write that,’” recalls Hunt. “So, fast forward several months we did a little writing retreat outside town, rented a little cabin and wrote the song. It was kind of the ninth hour in terms of the second record coming out. Typically, I don’t know for sure that a song is going to be on a record until it’s finished, and I listen to it and I’m like, ‘yeah, okay. This is going to work for the record.’ But that one, I would sit and write the track listing and I would put ‘Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s’ on the track listing before we even wrote the song, and I knew I had to get it right.”
The track appears on Hunt’s platinum-certified sophomore album, Southside. The album is Hunt’s second No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart following his 3x platinum debut album Montevallo. Like its predecessor, Hunt wrote every track on Southside including his chart-topping “Hard to Forget,” the record-breaking “Body Like A Back Road,” and “Kinfolks.”
Upon its release a year ago, Southside was celebrated by the RIAA as one of only four albums, and the only country project, to reach platinum status in the first half of 2020.