Sam Hunt Takes ‘Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s’ To No.1

Sam Hunt earned another chart-topping single this week with “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s.” The superstar’s latest single…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 18, 2021


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Sam Hunt earned another chart-topping single this week with “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s.”

The superstar’s latest single reached the top spot on both the Country Aircheck/Mediabase and Billboard Country charts, marking his eighth career No.1. 

“Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s” was written by Sam Hunt, Chris La Corte, Zach Crowell, Ernest K. Smith and Josh Osborne. Hunt recently reflected on the day they co-wrote the song and revealed that Osborne is the one who brought the idea to him.

“[He] called me one afternoon when I was driving home from Nashville. He called me with this idea, ‘I Bet Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s.’ He said, ‘I feel like it sounds like you.’ I said, ‘Man, I love it. Let’s write that,’” he recalled. “So, fast forward several months we did a little writing retreat outside town, rented a little cabin and wrote the song. It was kind of the ninth hour in terms of the second record coming out. Typically, I don’t know for sure that a song is going to be on a record until it’s finished, and I listen to it and I’m like, ‘yeah, okay. This is going to work for the record.’ But that one, I would sit and write the track listing and I would put ‘Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s’ on the track listing before we even wrote the song, and I knew I had to get it right.”

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Hunt brought the track to life with a cinematic music video, which debuted in December of 2020.

Directed by Justin Clough, the video follows the story of a man who was just released from prison. His mother picks him up from the penitentiary and he proceeds to try to settle back into his normal life. He turns to his faith to help get him through but is still haunted by his past and an ex that he can’t seem to get off his mind.

The main character continues to move on with his life and even lands a new job, but things appear to get complicated when he has a run-in with his past lover. The video ends before viewers find out what happens next.

 “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s” appears on the superstar’s latest album, Southside, and is the follow-up to the chart-topping hits, “Hard To Forget” and “Kinfolks.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.