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Takeover Tuesday: Jon Pardi Shares His Favorite '90s Country Classics

Jon Pardi
Jim Wright

Jon Pardi

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible. 

This week, we had Jon Pardi put together a playlist for us, as his latest single "Heartache on the Dance Floor" is holding strong at No. 3 on the Country Airplay chart and he's getting ready to embark on Lucky Tonight Tour, part of the CMT On Tour series (with special guests Midland and Runaway June) that marks the 32-year-old's third headlining run. But while he's celebrating all of his current success, when it comes to compiling a playlist, all he wants to do is throw it back to the classics -- the '90s, that is.

Pardi expressed his love for '90s country when we chatted with him for our "A Brief History of '90s Country" segment at Michigan's Faster Horses Music Festival in July, specifically pinpointing Joe Diffie as one of his biggest influences. "How Joe Diffie influenced me is that, 'John Deere Green,' if you play it live today, it's still badass," Pardi said. "He was one of the few guys that had a bunch of hits with a mullet, and that is strong. That is country strong."

"John Deere Green" is one of the 21 tracks Pardi chose for his Takeover Tuesday playlist, which includes songs by Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn, artists who were also highlighted in our "Brief History of '90s Country" video. In addition, there's selections from artists who are still kicking it today like Shania Twain, Tim McGraw and George Strait -- but which songs? See for yourself (and check out our "Brief History of '90s Country" video) below.

Oh, and one more thing Jon wants to tell you: "Dust off your high-waisted Wranglers, because these are some of my favorite country hits of the 90s!"


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