Might be a bit hard to read; the header is Classic Rewind: Brad Paisley-- "He Didn't Have to Be".
Granted, looking at the blog header, their kind of country and mine aren't the same. I actually do like Brad Paisley. (Not this song. This song exemplifies the sort of mawkishness I detest in Nashville.) This post actually has nothing to do with the quality of the song, however.
Can a song only eleven years old rightly be called "classic"?
Let's look at the top 25 songs of 1999 (at least, as far as About.com is concerned):
1) "God Gave Me You"--Bryan White (Hand to God, I have no idea what this song is, though it's prompted a visceral reaction from my husband.)
2) "Little Man"--Alan Jackson
3) "Lessons Learned"--Tracy Lawrence
4) "Pop a Top" --Alan Jackson
5) "Gone Crazy"--Alan Jackson/"When I Said I Do" --Clint Black
6) "I Love You" --Martina McBride
7)"You Were Mine" --Dixie Chicks
8) "Amazed" --Lonestar
9) "Anymore" --Travis Tritt (edit: As Erik pointed out to me, this song is from 1991. Very odd.) (Edit, part 2: Ah, Travis Tritt back in the righteous mullet days.)
10) "Cowboy Take Me Away" --Dixie Chicks
Eh, screw it. I actually have no idea what the selection criteria were there; for all I know it's the author's favorites. At any rate, some of the songs rank very high up on my personal list (I actually did put "You Were Mine" as one of my favorite songs of the decade, and I'll get around to Part Two of that list eventually).
But classics? No. None of them. 'Cause if ANY song that came out in 1999 is a classic, so is this: