Our Top 10 Alan Jackson songs list looks at the songs and career of one of the best selling and most popular country music artists of all time. If your a fan of country music, pop, music, rock music or any sort of music, chances are you have listened to an Alan Jackson song that put a big smile on your face, and a groove in your rock and roll country shoes. The man has been incredibly successful in the music business since he first appeared on the scene in the late 1980s. Alan Jackson has been at the forefront of what many call the neotraditional country music scene.
So many country artists who have come out in the past 30 years have explored crossing the genres of country music with pop music, rock ‘n’ roll and of course some good old honky-tonk sounds to sort of make everyone happy. Of course they will always be the old school traditional country music fans who will balk at the crossing of genres claiming that it ain’t country at all. In the end, sales dont lie and neither does great music. Alan Jackson has been successful on both fronts. The legendary artist has released an incredible body of work that stands among the finest of all his peers. He remains one of the most commercially successful having sold close to one hundred million albums so far.
Alan Jackson’s first album was released in 1989 entitled New Traditional. A few years later in 1990, Alan Jackson would sign his first major label record deal with Arista Nashville records and release his first album on the label entitled Here in the Real World. This was simply a stunning debut album that put Alan Jackson on the map instantly. Alan Jackson followed up his debut album one year later with the great record entitled Don’t Rock the Jukebox released in 1991. From that point on Alan Jackson would release sixteen studio albums. On the singles charts Alan Jackson has celebrated an unbelievable thirty five number one singles. He has won multiple Grammy Awards and a whopping sixteen Country Music Association Awards. This is a man that you put right up there with some of the greats like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. He has just had such an incredible musical career. It’s an honor to write about him and share our 10 favorite Alan Jackson songs.
# 10 – Here In the Real World
We open up our top 10 Alan Jackson songs list with the second single release of his career and his first top 10 hit entitled “Here In The Real World.” This is old school country music. Just listen to that fiddle and that slow old style country groove. This is a song about real heartbreak, real loss in what Alan Jackson calls the real world. The song was released on the album entitled Here in the Real World. It was the second single released from the album. The album was released in 1989. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number three. “Here In The Real World” would also prove to be Alan Jackson’s first number one single of his career as it hit number one on the Canadian Country Music charts. The song was composed by Alan Jackson and Mike Irwin.
# 9 – Good Time
Continuing with our top 10 Alan Jackson songs list we take a listen to the up beat great song entitled “Good Time.” If ever there was a song that was so perfectly titled it was this supercharged Alan Jackson song entitled “Good Time.” The video that stars Alan Jackson is a whole lot of fun as it is basically showing the premise of trying to incorporate the longest line dance in history. There’s so much great footage in this video you can’t miss it.
The song “Good Time,” was released on the album also entitled Good Time. The album was released in 2007. It was the second single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number one.The song was a top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 just peaking in at number forty. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number fifty seven The song was composed by Alan Jackson.
# 8 – Chattahoochee
I wonder how many people look at the title of the song “Chattahoochee,” and know how to pronounce it. In the number eight spot on our top 10 Alan Jackson songs list we present the fun high spirited song entitled “Chattahoochee.” Do you hear that Kenny Loggins “Footloose,” riff at the start of the song? It’s not exact, but it’s in there. This great honky tonk song “Chattahoochee,” was released on the album entitled A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘Bout Love). That title of the album makes its way into the lyrics of the song “Chattahoochee.” The album was released in 1993. It was the third and most successful single released from the album.
“Chattahoochee,” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number one. The song “Chattahoochee,” crossed over onto the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number forty six. In Canada they loved this song as much as they did in the United States as it went all the way to number one on the Canadian country music charts. The song was composed by Alan Jackson and Jim McBride. “Chattahoochee,” won multiple awards including The Country Music Association Awards for “Song Of The Year,” and “Single Of The Year.”
# 7 – Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)
It just seems very much appropriate to include this song on this lists as yesterday as of this writing, we just passed the twentieth anniversary of September 11. It was difficult for songwriters to compose songs about this horrible event. Only a few were really able to do it. Bruce Springsteen composed and entire album called The Rising about 9/11. This Alan Jackson songs aimed to do what Springsteen did it in just talking to the people in how they felt about the events. Twenty years later it still hurts. This writer is from New York and often performed as musician in the World Trade Center. I will never forget……………
# 6 – It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
When you first heard the title of this song “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere,’ you’re probably wondering is Alan Jackson talking about happy hour or the point that 5 o’clock is usually when you punch out at work. Maybe he’s talking about both. Especially when you see that he’s got Jimmy Buffett singing on the song with him. A man who is all about partying and having a good time. As soon as you hear Alan Jackson singing out the words pour me something tall and strong you know exactly what he’s talking about. You know this is one of those songs that get a lot of plays on jukeboxes in juke joint around the world.
# 5 – Little Bitty
At the halfway point on our top 10 Alan Jackson songs list is the song energetic, upbeat song entitled “Little Bitty.” How could you not love this classic song. It just makes you feel good. The song was issued on the album entitled Everything I Love. The album was released in 1996. It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number one. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number fifty eight. “Little Bitty,” also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number two. The song “Little Bitty” was composed by the legendary songwriter Thomas T. Hall who passed away at eighty five years old just recently in August of 2021.
# 4 -Freight Train
We could not compose a top 10 Alan Jackson songs list without including the sensational song “Freight Train.” This one has a strong Johnny Cash vibe to it. There so much substance to this one. There’s a little Bob Dylan, a little Dire Straits, a little Charlie Daniels Band, some Hank Williams and a whole lot of intense spirit fueling this one. The guitar and banjo work on this track is off the charts spectacular. The song “Freight Train,” was released on the album entitled Freight Train. The album was released in 2010. The song was never released as a single but it remains a real popular Alan Jackson song. The song “Freight Train,” was composed by Fred Eaglesmith.
# 3 – Small Town Southern Man
There is nothing like a great grooving country rock song like “Small Town Southern Man.” This is one of Alan Jackson’s best. Another great song about family and simplicity. God and family are subjects that fuel so many of the great Alan Jackson songs. The lyric “his greatest contribution is the ones he leaves behind,” just cuts right through you in it’s simplicity as to what life is all about. The song was released on the album entitled Good Time. The album was released in 2007 It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number one. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number forty two. The song was composed by Alan Jackson.
# 2 -Livin’ on Love
There’s nothing like a simple love song that is dedicated to those who can’t afford anything in life, but don’t seem to care because they are in the words of Alan Jackson are just “Livin’ On Love.” It reminds me of the old Rich Man Poor Man story where the character played by Peter Strauss is a millionaire that has everything he wants but is in a nightmare marriage, yet the young brother played by Nick Nolte is a poor man but in the end is much richer than his older brother because he is so happily married. In many way that seems to be the point of this great Alan Jackson song that is so well loved by everyone I guess Livin’ On Love!
The song “Livin’ On Love,” was released on the album entitled Who I Am. The album was released in 1994. It was the first single released from the album. “Livin’ On Love,” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number one. The song also was a hit on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles reaching number one. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number one. The song “Livin’ On Love,” was composed by Alan Jackson.
# 1 – Remember When
Everyone loves the Alan Jackson song entitled “Remember When.” How could you noit. This is such a tender heartfelt ballad about looking back at the life of his family, his wife, his kids, It’s such a beautiful loves song that anyone who has ever been married and raised a family will relate to in such a loving manner. Of course not everyone’s lives have gone smooth, but this one is as sentimental as it gets and that’s the reason it was such a huge hit. It’s a slow ballad that is fueled by an acoustic guitar and sweet sugary strings that wrap around Alan Jackson golden vocals chords.
“Remember When,” was released on the album entitled Greatest Hits Volume II. The album was released in 2003. It was the first and only single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number one. The song also was a top 30 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 Charts reaching number twenty nine. It was one of the biggest country hits of the year as it ended the year at number two on the US Billboard Year Ending Country charts. The song was composed by Alan Jackson.
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