Rewinding the Country Charts: 25 Years Ago, Brooks & Dunn Were 'Brand New' & No. 1

Hosts Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks photographed for the 38th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 9, 2004.

In 1991, the pair arrived with their first of 20 Hot Country Songs No. 1s, the most for a duo.

On Sept. 7, 1991, Brooks & Dunn's debut single "Brand New Man" vaulted 5-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The buoyant tale of becoming "born to love again" became the first leader for the pair – Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn – of 20, the most among duos.

Tim DuBois, then-president of Arista Records, had urged the then-soloists to team up; prior to 1991, each had charted two Hot Country Songs entries, with none reaching the top 40.

Penned by the twosome with Don Cook, "Man" became the first of four No. 1s from B&D's debut LP of the same name; "My Next Broken Heart," "Neon Moon" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie" would follow. Only Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line and now (as of the Sept. 10 chart) Sam Hunt have since also conquered radio with four leaders each from a major-label debut full-length.

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Brooks & Dunn split in 2010 but reunited in 2015 for dates with Reba McEntire at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace; a new run starts Nov. 30.

Brooks, 61, has hosted the syndicated American Country Countdown since 2006 and Dunn, 63, is set to release Tattooed Heart. The album's "Damn Drunk," featuring Brooks, is their first recording together since 2007.


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