March 27

1997 No. 1 Hit: “We Danced Anyway” by Deana Carter

1997 No. 1 Hit: "We Danced Anyway" by Deana Carter 1

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About the song

Penned by Randy Scruggs and Matraca Berg, “We Danced Anyway” is a country song recorded by American country music artist Deana Carter. The song was produced by Chris Farren and Jimmy Bowen. It was released in December 1996 as the second single and second Number One hit from her debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?.

To note, it reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song spent 2 weeks at the top of the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Also, for six non-consecutive weeks at the top of Canada’s RPM Country Tracks. It was also the RPM chart number-one single of the year in 1997.

Behind the song and some thoughts…

In the lyrics, the singer recounts happy memories of dancing in a “happy little foreign town” with a lover and invites her lover to dance again.

Most of us have heard about the five “love languages,” when applied to our interpersonal relationships. Some people prefer loving words, while others prefer giving and receiving gifts. While some like actions that show love, and others like physical touch. Others just like the person they care about to be present and engaged.

This got me thinking: maybe there’s a love language in dance. Maybe, part of what makes us connect with certain partners comes down to what connects best with us. And I think, that is the real essence of love.

1997 No. 1 Hit: "We Danced Anyway" by Deana Carter 2

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Chart Performance: 1997 Hit Song

We Danced Anyway” debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of December 14, 1996. The song peaked at Number One on the chart in March 1997 becoming Carter’s second number one hit overall.

Here’s a part of the song that I love…

“…A half a world away, far far away
I remember you were laughing
We were so in love, we were so in love
And the band played songs we’d never heard
But we danced anyway
We never understood the words
We just sang
And we danced anyway…”
Watch and sing with Deana Carter’s “We Danced Anyway.”

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Deana Carter, We Danced Anyway

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