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The Best Alan Jackson Songs Part 2
Everything is always a little more fun with controversy. Two country legends teamed up for Murder on Music Row. The year was 2000 and Alan Jackson and George Strait didn’t officially release the song, but they performed it at an award show and some people in the industry were offended. Country had gone a bit back to the pop ways with a few new acts and the traditional guys felt they needed to say something. The two didn’t write it, but the song had an impact and probably always will each time the pop influences find their way back into country music.
39. Blue Blooded Woman
I always have a soft spot in my heart for artists’ first singles. Blue Blooded Woman didn’t become Alan’s first hit yet I think it’s a great song. I’m not sure why this one didn’t race up the charts. It’s hard for new artists to break through even when they have good material. The country world just wasn’t ready for Alan when he came out with this one, but it worked out in the end. If you haven’t heard this song before be sure to check it out. It’s classic AJ.
38. I’ll Go On Loving You
It seemed to be interesting times for Alan Jackson in the late ’90s. The rumor was he was having troubles with his marriage as his wife later described in her memoirs. I’ll Go On Loving You seemed to have a bit of darkness to it. It still charted high on the singles charts yet the entire album it was on had this dark side as Alan admitted later on. It was still a great song though. Alan is one of the best at capturing emotion even on songs he didn’t write himself.
37. Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
Some people will put this song higher on the charts. I remember watching the CMAs when Alan first performed this song after 9/11. The song soon captured the emotions of the nation and it became a huge hit song. It was quite the accomplishment for Alan. He knows how to get his feelings down on paper and the story that he had heard the melody in his head one night was great.
36. The Talkin’ Song Repair Blues
Alan Jackson took this song to number 18 on the charts back in 2005. It wasn’t his biggest hit by any means, but I thought it was a classic. It’s a fun song written by the legendary Dennis Linde. The song is about a guy that runs down on his luck and needs his car fixed. The two try to hustle each other and it makes for some fun back and forth. It’s a great song that deserved to charts higher, but even so it stands tall on its own.
35. Tall, Tall Trees
On Alan Jackson’s ’95 Greatest Hits release he nailed it with this new single. The song was actually a cover of a song co-written by two country greats – George Jones and Roger Miller. I think I remember reading a quote from George about the song where he had forgotten he had even written it. I’m sure he was kidding, but I think it’s pretty cool that Alan was able to dig up this old classic, make it his own, and turn it into a great country hit.
34. Midnight In Montgomery
On Alan’s second album he really came into his own and became a country star. On that record was a different kind of song from Alan Jackson. Midnight In Montgomery was Alan’s tribute to the great Hank Williams. Alan always paid tribute to those that came before him. It was one of Alan’s humble traits that probably contributed to much of his success. This song was never really one of my favorite Alan tunes until years after it was released. Now I see it for the great tribute it is.
33. That’d Be Alright
Alan did a little reflecting on life and people over the years. With this song he thought that it’d probably be a little better if everyone didn’t have so much to worry about. And all he asked for himself was half a ham sandwich in his lunch pale. Alan always seemed to be the soft spoken humble type, but every once and a while he let out his feelings about the world with great songs like this hit from 2002.
32. I’d Love You All Over Again
Beginning in 1991 Alan Jackson started a run of many many number one hits on the country charts. This was the first number one for AJ. It’s a great love song about knowing all the things you have gone through with someone and be willing to do it all over again without question. I still hear this song on the radio from time to time. It’s a classic Alan song from his very first album. Alan was really hitting it with country fans when this one came out and it’s no wonder it’s still a huge hit with fans even today.
31. Small Town Southern Man
At the end of 2007 Alan Jackson kicked off a great run of hits with Small Town Southern Man. The song was kind of a throwback to the tunes Alan made famous back in the early ’90s. It was a simple song about good southern folks. Alan was always at his best singing about the things he knew from his family and friends back in the simple southern life. The song hit the top spot on the charts and started another run of three straight top hits. Not a bad feat for a guy nearing his twentieth year at the top of the country world.