Five Ronnie Milsap Songs You Probably Never Heard But Might Find Awesome

Although he was nearly completely blind due to a congenital disorder, Ronnie Milsap was one of the most popular and influential country music performers of the 1970s and 80s. His hit songs appealed to a broad audience due to R&B, pop, and rock and roll elements they featured. Despite the hardships he faced in his life, Milsap won six Grammys and had his name cemented in country music history.

Ronnie Milsap is mainly known for his crossover hits ‘It Was Almost Like a Song,’ ‘Smoky Mountain Rain,’ ‘(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,’ ‘I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,’ ‘Any Day Now,’ and ‘Stranger in My House.’ However, there are several lesser-known songs in his music catalog that are equally deserving of attention. Here are five hidden gems from Ronnie Milsap’s repertoire.

5. ‘The Future Is Not It Used To Be’ (1977)

‘The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’ appears on Ronnie Milsap’s 1977 album ‘It Was Almost Like A Song.’ Written by Mickey Newbury, the song was overshadowed by the success of the two chart-topping singles: the title track and ‘What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life.’ The song is written from the perspective of a man who tries to find solace everywhere he goes after breaking up with his lover. Although there is a sense of hopelessness in the lyrics, Ronnie’s soulful vocals provide a cathartic release for the listener.

4. ‘Feelings Change’ (1983)

This song also remained in the shadow of three country chart hits featured in Ronnie Milsap’s 1983 album ‘Keyed Up.’ Written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, ‘Feelings Change’ is a somewhat optimistic song to listen to after a breakup. The lyrics suggest that one can learn to love again after accepting that feelings can change over time, with a bit of hope for things to be the same again. Like in ‘The Future Is Not What It Used To Be,’ Ronnie pats the listener on the back with his deep but soft singing and promises everything will be okay.

3. ‘A Day In The Life Of America’ (2006)

Featured in the 2006 album ‘My Life,’ ‘A Day In The Life Of America’ is Ronnie Milsap’s way of addressing American life in the 2000s. The song discusses everyday activities like drinking morning coffee, waiting in traffic, microwaving dinner, checking e-mails, and surfing TV channels until we sleep. Ronnie describes this cycle as ‘the beautiful chaos we made,’ criticizing the way of life in America. Considering the country rock tone of the song, Ronnie is longing for a peaceful and carefree country life away from the chaos and confusion of big cities.

2. ‘Mustang Sally’ (2014)

Ronnie Milsap covers the early rock and roll classic, ‘Mustang Sally,’ on his 2014 album ‘Summer #17.’ There are over a hundred renditions of this song, yet Ronnie doesn’t fall behind others with his powerful vocals and impressive piano playing. Looking through other songs in this list, ‘Mustang Sally’ stands out as an effort showcasing the musician’s ability to take a well-known classic and make it his own by blending elements of country, rock, and soul.

1. ‘Earthquake’ (1987)

‘Earthquake’ is yet another song that brings forward the rock n’ roll icon in Ronnie Milsap. Released in 1987 as a track on Milsap’s eighteenth studio album ‘Heart & Soul,’ the song draws a parallel between falling in love and an earthquake. With a lively arrangement that matches the song’s upbeat tone, Ronnie manages to get us in a good mood with this track. After all, the catchy and energetic ‘Earthquake’ deserves to rise among other hits Ronnie Milsap has made.