Inspired by Oklahoma Today‘s September issue focusing solely on country music, we’ll be counting down the Top 100 Oklahoma Country Songs over the next several weeks.
Every weekday, we will unveil another five songs that helped shape the way Oklahoma country music is heard by the outside world.
5. Reba McEntire – “Fancy” (1991)
Although Bobbie Gentry’s 1969 original earned her a Grammy nomination, it’s Reba McEntire’s version of “Fancy” that’s the most well-known. The drama builds throughout the song here, making the top 10 hit arguably McEntire’s signature song.
“There’s a reason that Reba uses this as the encore for her shows and has for years. This Southern gothic tale of a white-trash girl determined to become a lady by any means necessary crackles with power, especially with the Chockie-bred belter’s mighty drawl behind it. Dress Reba in a floor-length spangled red gown and play the memorable video, and it’s an epic encore.” - Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman