John Michael Montgomery

Kentucky native John Michael Montgomery was the undisputed king of Slow-Dance Country in the '90s, with songs like "I Swear" and "I Can Love You Like That" mopping the floor with last-call dreamers and teens at the prom. Remember, his hit with "I Swear" predates syrupy R&B-lite act All-4-One's 1994 version. Sure, JMM could turn a frown into a smile with cuts like the auction-caller-evoking "Be My Baby Tonight" and the uplifting "Life's a Dance," but it was on those songs designed for making promises (and probably not keeping them) that he really excelled while also annoying grittier country fans. You can still hear JMM's influence in people like Dierks Bentley and Billy Currington, so there will always be a place for feel-good, no-nonsense nonsense country.

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