So close to the top…
The Best Alan Jackson Songs Part 4
I was close to listing this song in the top ten. It’s probably in my top 3 favorite Alan Jackson songs. I probably should have put it in the top 3, but I’m happy with it here. Someday is another simple yet awesome country song. The guy in the song is seeing the life he knows end. The woman he’s with is fed up with him. She’s finally moving on. The guy was always saying he’d get his act together someday, but someday never came around and she got sick of waiting. Women put their faith in love and the ambitions of their man. Sometimes it doesn’t work out and someday never comes. It can make for some sad times…and good country songs.
19. Good Time
Old Alan brought back line dancing 2008 with the title track to his hugely successful album. Good Time had the line dancing beat and country fans took to the song as fast as you can two step. The track hit the top of the charts that year and Alan kept things rolling in his big career. This song was a throwback for me to the days when Alan would take a great melody and pair it with some simple lyrics about the good country life. I really liked where hew as heading when this song was released.
18. Remember When
Alan Jackson’s second greatest hits album became a must have because of its two huge hit singles. The first single you’ll read about in two spots, but the second was also a huge hit. Remember When is an apparent autobiographical song about Alan and his wife. It’s a sweet ballad about their life together. Alan gives fans a little peek into their lives over the years. There were through some ups and downs, but through it all they were able to still love each other and look back fondly at the good times they have had together.
17. I’ll Try
Alan took this song to number one back in 1996. The song was off his first collection of hits. I’ll Try is about a guy and the love of his life. They’re talking about their worries and dreams for the future. They’ve both been in difficult situations and they’re not sure if they can make each other happy. The guy sits back and says that he will only promise to try and do the best he can to make things work. Sometimes that’s what you have to go with in a relationship. It takes a bit of a risk in order to experience something great.
16. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
There aren’t many country songs that hit multiple week number one status. In the summer of ’03 that’s just what Alan Jackson did though. The first single from his second greatest hits collection was It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere. The song became a huge, huge country hit that year and remains popular every time the sun shines on the beach somewhere in the country world. Alan called in Jimmy Buffett to help him out with the island themed song. It made for a great combo and both artists had a huge boost in their careers not that either needed it.
15. Gone Crazy
Gone Crazy was released on 1998’s High Mileage album. The song peaked in the top five on the country charts. It’s a great country breakup song. The guy is at home going crazy out of his mind thinking about what he could have done differently to make his ex stay with him. Now she’s gone though and she’s not coming back. She’s gone and he’s gone crazy. If you’ve ever really screwed up with a girl you know what this song is about. You don’t realize the mistakes you’re making until it’s too late.
This was an interesting song. Alan Jackson sat down and wrote the first person story of a guy calling in to the local paper to place a wanted ad. The man isn’t looking for new love. He is looking for forgiveness with the woman he blew it with. She left and now he’s missing her something bad. He calls up the paper and wants to place the ad. It’s a really interesting take on what a country song can be. It’s a great song with a good melody and even the spoken words are great. I’ve always loved hearing this song on the radio.
13. (Who Says) You Can’t Have It All
Alan Jackson is probably the best at taking a simple melody and a short set of simple lyrics and making it memorable. This song is the perfect example. Alan laid out a catchy yet simple melody and put it to the heartbreak lyrics and created a country classic. It’s the song about a guy that is almost laughing looking at his sad bachelor life and wishing he was back with his woman. He laughs about the things he doesn’t have now that she’s gone. He does have a light bulb without a shade. Who says you can’t have it all?
12. Everything I Love
Cigarettes, Jack Daniels and caffeine have had their grasp on a few people. Everything I Love was a song from Alan Jackson that told the story of a guy watching his life fall apart. Everything in the guy’s life is falling apart. Everything he loves is literally killing him. He loves those cigarettes, those shots of JD, and those cups of coffee in the morning. He also loves his good woman, but she left and now the life he’s leading without her is killing him. It seems the guy doesn’t stand a chance.
11. Gone Country
Something I love about Alan Jackson is he always had the best way for being subtle in the way he let everyone know his feelings toward something a little controversial. I think it all started way back in 1994 with Gone Country. The song was not written by AJ, but he sang the hell out of the song – a story about the rush to country music in the ’90s by music execs and every kind of singer there was out there. Alan used this song to share his feelings on how country music became saturated. He later used the same subtle tactic in 1999 when he stopped his own song at the CMA’s and performed George Jones’ Choices as a tribute to his hero after George had been denied the opportunity to perform the entire song. AJ is awesome.