March 28

“How Was I to Know”: Reba McEntire’s 1996 No.1 Hit

"How Was I to Know": Reba McEntire's 1996 No.1 Hit 1

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The song and then some…

This is another Reba McEntire number one single. And when Reba opens her mouth, there’s no denying that she’s like an angel sent from above. “How Was I to Know” is a song that centers on someone’s dilemma and worries. Worry that the happy that he/she is feeling now may be temporary, thus, he/she wants to know earlier about it. However, he/she doesn’t have the power of such, hence the question, how was I to know?

“My world revolved around you
Every word was a promise I was hangin’ on
Swept up inside a whirlwind
I just couldn’t see the end till you were gone…”

All about love…

Love is a feeling of well being and of good emotions. It is an activity that keeps us in good spirit and is liked by our emotions. Let us engage and create a feeling of love by making ourselves self-capable through appropriate changes in our dealings with others.

However, there is no other way to love and be loved. The physical intimacy devoid of good feelings is not love but lust. Often, people fail to conceive love as pious in essence. While dealing with others, let us take care that our dealings make them cheerful, by helping them to come out of their problem, appreciate their successes and be grateful for help received from them. All these activities are to express love.

On the other hand, the benefit of giving love to others is that it appeals to our heart, and makes us connected to others. Also, it provides stability and security, removes fear and gives a feeling of being good towards other people. One can get to know love by first generating such feelings of being good to others. How can a person feel the love from others if he is filled with ego, anger, and selfish tendencies? These negative emotions suppress inner urge to love others.

1996 No. 1 Hit Single

The song was written Stephony Smith, Cathy Majeski and Sonny Russ, “How Was I To Know” was performed and recorded by American country music singer Reba McEntire. The second single from the album What If It’s You, it was released in November 1996. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. In addition, it also peaked at no. 1 at the RPM Canada Country Tracks.

Here’s the song, listen and try to know why it became a chart-topper in 1996.

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How Was I to Know, Reba McEntire

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