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The Best Alan Jackson Songs Part 3
This was Alan’s tribute to his Dad. The song is about what every kid loves to do growing up: Drive. The song tells the story of Alan growing up and being able to drive what his dad would let him. Then things move into Alan’s new life where he lets his own kids drive the Jeep around their property. I remember the first time my dad let me drive the truck. It was back in the field on my Uncle’s farm. It’s funny how that’s the exciting stuff you remember from your days as a kid.
29. Tonight I Climbed The Wall
What a great way to sing about love and devotion. Alan wrote this song about a couple that had been fighting. They had built a wall between them will all the argument and disagreement. Now the guy in the song climbed that wall. He put all the indifference behind him and went to his wife. After he made the climb and admitted his faults he realized the things they were fighting over were so small.
28. I Only Want You For Christmas
Alan released his first Christmas single back in 1991. The song – I Only Want You For Christmas – was a snappy little number about being in love on Christmas Day. The song nearly cracked the top 40 back during its initial release and now it makes an appearance on radio every holiday season. I always look forward to hearing this one during Christmas. It’s a great song period no matter what the season.
27. Monday Morning Church
At the tail end of 2004 Alan released this sad country song about a guy losing the love of his life. The loss was apparently sudden and tragic, but that’s beside the point. Here we have the story of a guy suffering an enormous loss. Now he’s wondering how something so bad could happen. He’s done all the good things he’s been asked to do. Why would he be shown such pain for his good life? This is a powerful and emotional song about faith. I love songs like this even though they don’t usually make a huge impact. Some people just don’t want to hear it. For others, these songs make you think.
26. Summertime Blues
This song was original recorded and and made famous by Eddie Cochran way back in 1958. It was later covered by the Beach Boys and The Who, but it was in 1994 that Alan Jackson made the song his own and took it to number one on the country charts. It’s a story about coming of age in the summer and going through various things boys go through during the summer months. Cars, work, and trying to get by. The classic story made the song. That and the cool deep voice hook in the chorus.
25. Little Bitty
Tom T. Hall wrote this fun little track. Alan took it to number one on the country singles charts in 1996-1997. The song takes a look at the busy life people were leading back in the ’90s. The internet was just about to boom and life was getting fast paced. Alan took Tom’s song and made people realize that living the simple, little country life is still not a bad way to go about it. People agreed with them and the song remains a hit even today.
24. Who’s Cheating Who
Alan took this song to number two on the charts in 1997. It was actually a cover of Charly McClain’s number one hit from 1980. The song is a simple one about cheating and the people we live our lives with. There’s nothing special to it except for a great melody and great lyrics. It’s interesting to listen to the original version after hearing Alan’s. Both are great, but I’ll always side with Alan on his songs. It would be interesting one day to see Alan’s songs covered by others. Someone like Chris Young maybe.
23. She’s Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues)
Alan’s album A Lot About Livin’ (And Little ‘Bout Love) was a huge, huge success in 1992. The set sold something like 6 million copies. The first song released as a single was She’s Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues). It was yet another co-write with Alan and Randy Travis (those two really need to get together again for a session). It’s a groovy little song that shot up the charts to number one. A good old country song about loving and leaving from Alan Jackson. It really doesn’t get any better.
22. Right On The Money
I’m not sure why, but this song has a special place in my heart. In 1998 I really took a strong liking to country music and the songs on the radio at that time were a big part of my growing obsession. Right On The Money peaked at the top spot that year, but seems to be overlooked in some instances among the greats in Alan’s collection. Phil Vassar had a hand in writing the tune. It’s a good old song about loving a good woman. She’s even the best cook that’s ever melted cheese. A classic country line.
21. Little Man
In 1999, Alan released Little Man as the final single from his High Mileage album. It’s a great track and I think it’s too often overlooked in his collection. The song is about how things have changed in the late 20th century and beyond. Local events, businesses, and community were left behind in favor of connecting with the outside world. I don’t think Alan was trying to say either way is wrong or right. I think he was simply acknowledging that times were changing and he captures that emotion well.