January 14

“She Let Herself Go” Marks George Strait’s 40th No. 1

The King of Country George Strait began the year 2006 with a bang when his song “She Let Herself Go” hit the top of the country chart giving him his 40th No. 1 single. The song reaching the summit marked a new No. 1 hit on that chart at that time. It took over for “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” a Billy Currington’s single, which fell to the third spot.

Also, with the song securing the top, Strait earned two-thirds of his 60 chart-topper hits to date. But wait, there’s more about the song’s success than that. It marked a significant milestone in the career of Strait. Specifically, his 40th No. 1 song made the singer tie the record held by Conway Twitty at that time. And of course, surpassed it later.

"She Let Herself Go" Marks George Strait's 40th No. 1 1
Photo credit: George Strait/Official Facebook Page

About the Song

“She Let Herself Go” tells a not-so-ordinary breakup story. In fact, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who reviewed the song favorably, described it as a “clever breakup tale.” The ‘unusual’ narration conveyed in the song was Dean Dillon and Kerry Kurt Phillips’ ideas. They collaborated for the writing of the tune which dropped in September 2005. It served as the second single on Strait’s Somewhere Down in Texas album.  

It’s commonly thought that women are the ones who suffer more after a breakup. Their tendency to undergo depression would be higher compared to men given their vulnerable nature. That’s what the male character in the song thought would happen to his partner the moment he left her. He somewhat underestimated her ability to handle things and her life when he’s no longer with her.

But, what he didn’t see coming was how abundant the woman’s inner strength was. This allowed her to successfully cope with the separation and even gave her the chance to live her life to the fullest. Without him in her life did not really leave her empty and miserable. Instead, the situation drove her to experience the things she never had with him.

Let herself go on a singles cruise
To Vegas once, then to Honolulu
Let herself go to New York City
A week at the Spa, came back knocked-out pretty
When he said he didn’t love her no more
She let herself go

So ladies, the next time you go through a breakup, you can be upset for a while but not forever. Just let yourself go as what George Strait has beautifully sung in his 40th No. 1 hit.


George Strait

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