This week in 1999, Lonestar dominated the country radio charts with their crossover smash, “Amazed.”
The ACM and CMA award-winning group released “Amazed” in March of 1999. The song is featured on Lonestar’s third studio album, Lonely Grill, and went on to spend eight weeks at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country chart, making it the band’s longest-running No.1 single and most notable hit.
Written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey, the track also hit No.1 on the Billboard 100, making it the first record since 1983’s “Islands in the Stream” to top both charts. Additionally, “Amazed” reached the No.2 spot on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and ranked No.1 on the 1999 Billboard year-end country chart.
“You can tell that the inspiration came from some honest hearts,” Lonestar’s Richie McDonald shared with Country Weekly magazine. “It’s changed our lives and our careers. And it’s incredible to see the way it’s touching everybody out there. It’s changed a lot of people’s lives.”
“Amazed” was crowned 1999 ACM Single of the Year and ACM Song of the Year.
The iconic single has been kept alive over the years with covers by many artists and has become a staple on wedding playlists through the years.
To date, Lonestar has raked in 10 chart-topping singles.
The band continues to tour to this day, however, lead singer Richie McDonald, was replaced by Drew Womack in early 2021.