Lee Ann Womack‘s “I Hope You Dance” was one of the first huge country hits of the 2000s, and is now known as a modern classic.
Written by Mark Sanders and Tia Sillers, “I Hope You Dance” was released in March 2000 to high critical praise. The track was a huge crossover success, quickly hitting number one on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. The inspiring and hopeful message of “I Hope You Dance” instantly connected with listeners and quickly became a standard musical selection at school proms and graduation ceremonies. Even after the release of five well-received albums and many hit singles, the much-beloved single is now widely-recognized as Womack’s signature song.
Since “I Hope You Dance” was released, many changes have impacted Womack’s life and career. In recent years, she’s connected with a more Americana-inspired sound which is showcased on her 2014 album, The Way I’m Livin‘. Her daughter Aubrie, who is featured in the video for “I Hope You Dance,” has since grown up and followed in her mother’s footsteps by starting a singing career of her own.
Although both Womack and country music’s sound has changed in the last fifteen years, “I Hope You Dance” stands as one of the most celebrated country songs in modern history.