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23 Years Ago: Faith Hill Scores Her First No. 1 Hit

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Twenty-three years ago today (Jan. 1, 1994), Faith Hill started off the new year on a high note: She scored her very first No. 1 hit with her song “Wild One,” from her debut album, Take Me as I Am.

“Wild One” stayed at the top of the charts for an astonishing four weeks — the first time that a female country artist had accomplished that feat in 30 years. In addition to “Wild One,” Take Me as I Am also spawned the No. 1 single “Piece of My Heart;” the album ultimately sold more than 3 million units.

Following the success of her freshman record, Hill went on to sell more than 27 million more albums, also notching 13 No. 1 singles and three No. 1 records.

Hill’s celebration for the chart-topping success of “Wild One” came only a couple of weeks after the singer made her long-awaited debut on the Grand Ole Opry. And the year 1994 was a big one for the Mississippi native as well: She won her first CMA Award, and was nominated for two ACM Awards.

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