Three Classic George Strait Songs Earn New Platinum Status

You may not hear “King” George Strait on mainstream country radio anymore, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t listening. On the contrary, with the way much of today’s mainstream country music leaves listeners flat, they’re turning to the back catalogs of country greats like George Strait to relive the music that has withstood the test of time. For Strait, that has resulted in him receiving three new certifications from the RIAA for certified sales and streams.

“Amarillo By Morning” was one of George Strait’s first hits. It came off his 1982 album Strait From the Heart, and has since become one of his signature tunes. The lonesome fiddle start off and ending compliment a story about a cowboy traveling from San Antonio to Amarillo to compete in the rodeo. The song has now officially gone Triple Platinum, making it one of Strait’s most successful songs.

Also joining the Triple Platinum club is Strait’s song “Troubadour,” which is an interesting song to find such success. Even though Strait minted more #1s in country music history than anyone, “Troubadour” was not one of them. The 2008 single takes a reflective look back on Strait’s career as an aging performer, and stalled at #7 when it was initially released. But time is always the greatest arbiter of quality, and time has been very kind to the track, along with the video with its 110 million streams.

“Troubadour” was recorded with Vince Gill singing backup vocals. Along with “Amarillo By Morning,” “Troubadour” joins “Check Yes or No” as the songs that have achieved Triple Platinum status from Strait’s catalog. “Check Yes or No” was Certified Triple Platinum in February.

And last but not least, another George Strait signature song in “Ocean Front Property” has finally achieved Platinum status. The 1986 single and title track to his early 1987 album was one of the first Dean Dillon-penned songs that help put Strait on the map. Dillon wrote the song with legendary country songwriter Hank Cochran and Royce Porter.

Don’t be surprised if we continue to see a rise in RIAA Certifications as back catalog songs continue to outperform current country songs as fans both new and old hearken back to the 80s and 90s as a better time for country music.

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