Wynonna and Naomi Judd stole the hearts of country fans in the 1980s when they formed The Judds. Since then they’ve won five Grammy Awards, several CMA and ACM Awards and still remain one of country’s most beloved duos.
Naomi was raising her daughter, Wynonna, by herself when they started playing music together all those years ago. Eventually, they caught the eye of a record producer and that led to a deal with RCA. The rest is sweet music history.
As a duo, The Judds have won multiple Grammy Awards, each for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. In 1984, they started winning CMA and ACM Awards (and would continue to win them for several years). Whether we’re talking about “Why Not Me” or “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days), these are the 10 Best The Judds Songs.
10 “Girls’ Night Out”
This track came from The Judds’ album Why Not Me and was written by Brett Maher and Jeffrey Bullock. It was a No. 1 hit for the duo and no Judds fan can deny this track is perfect for a night out.
9 “Love is Alive”
Kent Robbins wrote “Love is Alive” and — you guessed it — it was a No. 1 for The Judds. “Love is alive / And at our breakfast table / Every day of the week,” they sing.
8 “Have Mercy”
“Have Mercy” was released as a single from The Judds in the fall of 1985. It was a No. 1 hit and stayed at the top spot for two weeks. Paul Kennerley penned this one.
7 “Give a Little Love”
“Give a Little Love” was also written by Kennerley but it wasn’t as successful as “Have Mercy.” This song peaked at No. 2, just missing the top spot.
6 “Young Love (Strong Love)”
“Young Love (Strong Love)” is a beautiful song that the duo released in 1989. It tells the story of a couple who start out as young lovers. The song was the 13th No. 1 hit for The Judds.
5 “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain”
This is one of the quintessential songs from The Judds. It was released as a single in 1986 and became a No. 1 hit. It was written by Brent Maher and Don Schiltz and is still one of their catchiest tracks.
4 “Mama He’s Crazy”
“Mama He’s Crazy” was an important track for the mother-daughter duo. It was their second country hit and their very first No. 1 hit.
3 “Why Not Me”
You can’t make a list of the best Judds songs without including this one. It was released as a single in 1984 and quickly climbed the charts, stopping only when it reached the top. This was their second No. 1 hit.
2 “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days)”
“Grandpa” is a reflection on a changing world, with sweet thoughts of yesterday. The touching track was written by Jamie O’Hara and was the sixth No. 1 single for the duo. To this day, it remains a classic country track.
1 “Love Can Build a Bridge”
This is the only song on this list that was co-written by one of The Judds. Naomi cowrote it with Paul Overstreet and John Barlow Jarvis. This one wasn’t a No. 1 hit but its meaning is why it’s at No. 1 in our hearts. Naomi cowrote this one when she was sick with Hep C. It’s a reminder to always stand by family and friends.
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