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The Best Alan Jackson Songs Part 5
It’s a heartbreak song about a gal heading out of town for a new life. She’s heading out the door because there is no common ground anymore. She’s leaving the marriage in Tennessee and heading for Texas. All the guy can do is wish he could move Dallas back to Tennessee, but his thoughts are hopeless. There is no getting her back and there’s probably part of him that realizes it. That’s the tough part about breakups sometimes – they catch you by surprise.
9. Livin’ On Love
These songs about the simple country life from Alan get me every time. Here we have the love story of two people barely getting by on life with the common means of money and possessions. What the couple has though is love and that’s all they need to make their lives happy and full. Alan has the right kind of charm to tell these kinds of stories. And that’s really what I think Alan Jackson is best at – telling the stories of the simple, good country life people still lead today.
8. Love’s Got A Hold On You
It was the fifth and final single from the Don’t Rock The Jukebox album, but this song became another number one hit for Alan and probably one of his more remembered songs. It’s got the groovy, upbeat melody and the catchy, fun lyrics. The great image of a guy falling in love and not knowing why he’s acting weird is fun and energizes. If you’ve ever fallen head over heels for someone you know that it can make you a little crazy. You may not need to go to the doctor though. Love’s just got a hold on you.
7. There Goes
I love the emotion in this song. It’s so upbeat and fun. Sure it’s not the snappy uptempo number, but I love this kind of laid back good time feeling kind of song. The song went number one back in 1997, which was just about the time I really became interested in country music. This was the kind of music that really got me interested in country. It’s the simple kind of love song that sees a guy falling for a woman. It’s nothing tricky or surprising about the lyrics and that’s the charming appeal that made people fall for the song. I still think Alan writes the best melodies and lyrics when he solo writes and this is a perfect example.
6. Here In The Real World
Without Here In The Real World we may not even know who Alan Jackson is. Ok, I’m sure AJ would have made it big at some point, but this was the song that broke his career through to the mainstream. The song compared real life with that of the old movies Alan would watch. He seemed to have a love for the westerns. In real life, though, it’s real people that get hurt when hearts are broken. People cry real tears and things really aren’t easy. It’s a unique topic for a song and it was just the right track to break Alan into the top 3 on the charts for the first time back in 1990.
Alan was always at his best when he was singing about the simple life he grew up in. With the aptly titled Home he had to wait for it to see the light of day on radio. The song was cut for his first record, but never made it out as a single. Later on his greatest hits collection the song was released and became a huge hit. I love the line about his granddaddy rolling down an old tool shed on two logs. It’s a great image and a great country hook that just about everyone sings along with when it comes on the radio. It doesn’t take too much to make a happy home for a family and that’s just what Alan sang about in this classic.
4. Don’t Rock The Jukebox
Alan kicked off his second album with a major hit. Don’t Rock The Jukebox is a genius use of wording to create one of the best country songs of all time. The song is an ode to traditional country music. The idea for the song actually caught Alan a bit by surprise. He was playing a show one night in a little honky tonk. He was hanging out over in the corner by an old wobbly jukebox. A guy in his band walked over to chat and leaned against the old music player and it rocked over a bit. Alan looked at him and said… The rest was history and the double meaning song became a huge hit. I don’t need too much rock on my jukebox. Plenty of Alan Jackson will do just fine.
3. Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow
If you pressed me for my all time favorite Alan Jackson song it would be Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow. I love the image of Alan Jackson working the small time shows while trying to make it big in Nashville. He was chasing his dreams when everyone around him thought he would never make it anywhere doing what he loved. He fell in love with country music while listening to his daddy’s radio. I think the dreaming in the song and the hope for a better life is what connected with so many fans. I love, love, love this song and it makes me feel good each time I hear it.
2. A House With No Curtains
This song is going to catch a few people off guard. It wasn’t even a top 15 hit for Alan. The song is one of my favorites though and since this is my list I had to give it a little unfair advantage. I just think the lyrics are so clever and the song so…so country. A House With No Curtains is about a couple that stays together even though they are not happy. They still put on the show, but they both know that everyone sees things are falling apart. Well…maybe not falling apart, but the couple just can’t come to terms that they really aren’t meant for each other and everybody can see through the windows of their relationship.
It’s almost an iconic image. Alan Jackson (and his stunt double) bare footing on the water behind the ski boat on a lake in the summer. Chattahoochee became a huge hit for Alan Jackson and really became the signature song in a collection of legendary songs. It’s a simple song about growing up as a young boy down south. Learning about the way things are and just trying to live the good life is what the song is about. It’s simple yet the story rang true with fans. And the fast melody had everybody singing along nonstop for years and years.
That’s the end of the line for the best Alan Jackson songs. Now you’ll just have to settle for a burger and a grape snow cone.