YMMV / Randy Travis

  • Award Snub: He is one of the biggest names never to have won the highly coveted "Entertainer of the Year" award.
  • Covered Up:
    • Subverted with "I Told You So". Carrie Underwood covered the song, but while it was climbing, it got re-released as a duet with him.
    • "Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man" is a cover of Mark Collie.
    • Played straight with "It's Just a Matter of Time". The song had already been a big pop hit for Brook Benton, a #1 country hit for Sonny James and a #7 country hit for Glen Campbell.
    • Also "What'll You Do About Me", an album cut from Always & Forever. Steve Earle, The Forester Sisters and Doug Supernaw all charted with their own versions of the song, with Supernaw's being the most successful; even so, the song is still associated mainly with Travis.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • His 1986 debut album (under the name Randy Travis, at least), Storms of Life, is widely celebrated as one of the greatest and most influential albums in country music history, the success of which is credited with being a driving force behind the brief revival of traditional country music in the mainstream.
    • Always & Forever (1987) achieved even bigger success and established Travis as a solid country performer, with many considering it his finest album. All four singles topped the Billboard Coutry charts, and it's also his best-selling album with five million copies sold in the United States.
  • Dork Age: His Wind in the Wire (1992) album, for a TV movie of the same name. The singles went nowhere, and the album got poor reviews. Warner Bros. staff even referred to it as an "angst period".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Forever And Ever, Amen" may be considered this now that he and and wife divorced.
  • Padding: The last two songs on Wind in the Wire, a cowboy album, are Hawaiian-themed.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: He was among the first generation of 1980s acts who returned the genre to a more traditional sound following the pop-influenced "urban cowboy" country movement. Other artists soon followed in his footsteps, including the "class of '89" acts such as Clint Black and Alan Jackson who would later overshadow him and, as a result, obfuscate how much of a pioneer he was. With pop influences being a Cyclic Trope, he found himself once again out of mode come the late 1990s-early 2000s.
  • Signature Song: "I Told You So".
  • Special Effects Failure: The music video for "Before You Kill Us All", which has Randy against an animated background, has really bad chroma-key.