May 1

Reba McEntire’s 1989 Platinum Album, “Sweet Sixteen”

How does it feel to be a no. 1 recording artist of your time? Well, this question best suits country music queen Reba McEntire. She was considered as the most successful female recording country music artist in the 1980s and 1990s. During that time, she earned 22 number 1 hits and released multi-awarded albums.

To note, she had five gold albums, six platinum albums, two double-platinum albums, four triple-platinum albums, a quadruple-platinum album, and a quintuple-platinum album, for certified album sales of 33.5 million over the 20-year period.

This Okie (Oklahoman) native just serves everything right. She continued to sell records into the 21st century. While doing music as her main bread and butter, she expanded her empire as she entered the stage of acting and stand-up comedy. She further widened her career by venturing into the fashion industry and having her own clothing line.

Such diversification made her the greatest crossover star to emerge from country music since Dolly Parton.

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Reba McEntire’s “Sweet Sixteen” album cover (Photo by

Going back to this day in 1989, Reba McEntire released her Platinum album, Sweet Sixteen. This album amassed accolades that are well-deserved and gave McEntire amazing success in the late 80’s. This album contains 10 well-written songs penned by McEntire herself together with some of the finest songwriters of her age. Selling 500,000 copies in its first week, it is no doubt that Sweet Sixteen is McEntire’s one of the best albums.

More About the Album

Sweet Sixteen is Reba McEntire’s fourteenth studio album. Certified Platinum by the RIAA, the album sold over 1 million copies. Notably, there were four singles that entered the Billboard country charts. These are “Cathy’s Clown,” which is a cover version of The Everly Brothers‘ song and “Walk On,” and the top ten hits “‘Til Love Comes Again” and “Little Girl.”

Produced by McEntire herself and Jimmy Bowen, Sweet Sixteen was released on May 2, 1989, by MCA Records. The album’s title derives from its being McEntire’s sixteenth album, counting compilation and Christmas albums.

To note, the album reached no. 17 on the Country Albums chart on its debut in May 1989. Interestingly, on June 24, 1989, it went to no. 1 and stayed there for 13 consecutive weeks.

Watch and listen to two of the album’s no. 1 hits, “Cathy’s Clown,” and “Walk On.”

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Reba McEntire, Sweet Sixteen

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