May 28

“There’s No Way”: Alabama’s 1985 Love Ballad Chart-topper

There’s no way I could make it without you
There’s no way that I’d even try
If I had to survive without you in my life
I know I wouldn’t last a day, oh baby, there’s no way

"There's No Way": Alabama's 1985 Love Ballad Chart-topper 1
Photo Credits: visualhunt.com

It means so much to me whenever I see that ‘wanting me’ look in your eyes
I don’t know how I could do without holding you close every night
I’ve waited so long just to have you to hold
Now that I’ve got you, I’ll never let go

About the Song

Penned by John Jarrard, Lisa Palas, and Will Robinson, “There’s No Way” is a 1985 hit recorded by American country music band Alabama. Released on January 20, 1985, it is the first song from the band’s 9th studio album, 40-Hour Week. Together with the band, Harold Shedd produced the song under the RCA label.

"There's No Way": Alabama's 1985 Love Ballad Chart-topper 2
Alabama. Photo Credits: thoughtco.com

This 4-minute song is a love ballad. Diverting from their main country and southern rock musical style, Alabama channels their pop-styled aspect in this song.

There’s No Way” was a chart-topper in 1985. It placed no. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and no. 2 on Canada RPM Country Tracks.

16th No. 1 Single for Alabama

"There's No Way": Alabama's 1985 Love Ballad Chart-topper 3
Photo Credits: popsugar.com

After its release in January 1985, “There’s No Way” quickly entered the Billboard charts. By May, it became the no. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. In addition, this record gave Alabama its 16th straight no. 1 in as many single releases. With this achievement, the song allowed the band to tie Sonny James’ 14-year-old record for most No. 1 songs in as many consecutive single releases.

Moreover, from 1980 to 1993, Alabama amassed a total of 40 no.1 hits on a variety of different charts. The most notable songs during this time are “Tennessee River” and “Reckless”.

"There's No Way": Alabama's 1985 Love Ballad Chart-topper 4
Alabama. Photo Credits: nashcountrydaily.com

It is more than 40 years since the band Alabama left hometown Fort Payne, Alabama to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, bar called The Bowery. They are said to be the band that changed everything. The band sold 73 million albums gaining them a spot at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Furthermore, Alabama was the first band to win the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year and earned countless CMA and ACM Awards.

Let’s relive and watch Alabama’s 1985 hit “There’s No Way” below:

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