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Top 10 Alan Jackson Songs
'Chasin' That Neon Rainbow'
This hit from Alan's debut album, 'Here in the Real World,' turned out to be a glimpse into his future. With lines like, "Chasin' that neon rainbow / Living that honky tonk dream / Cause all I've ever wanted / Is to pick this guitar and sing," Alan proved early in his career that he was in the music business to stay.
'Don't Rock the Jukebox'
This classic from 1991 still gets airplay, even though it's pretty hard to find a jukebox anywhere these days. It gets our vote because the song asks for the music of George Jones instead of the Rolling Stones to soothe a broken heart -- a remedy that still rings true today.
'Midnight in Montgomery'
This tribute to Hank Williams, the pride of Montgomery, Ala., was penned by Alan, who sings of paying a visit to the country legend's grave on the eve of the anniversary of his death. With haunting lyrics like "It's midnight in Montgomery / Just hear that whippoorwill / See the stars light up the purple sky / Feel that lonesome chill," Alan describes his encounter with Hank's ghost so convincingly, we think it actually might have happened.
'Where I Come From'
A traveling tale about a truck driver who misses the small town ways of life as he lives his life on the road, Alan reminisces about classic things like "corn bread and chicken" and "front porch pickin'" that he yearns for when he's driving his rig. The song makes small town living trump big city life any day.
It's the reverse tale of leaving the small town for the big city in this story about three separate people who yearn for a slower pace life while pursuing their Nashville dreams. With one in Las Vegas, one in New York and another in Los Angeles, they all wear a "new kind of suit," have a "new kind of walk" and a "new kind of talk" after making Tennessee home.
'Livin' on Love'
A simple but poignant love story about a happy young couple who trust that their love will sustain them through their lean years, this song travels with them throughout their lives until they are "two old people without a thing / Children gone but they still sing / Side by side on that front porch swing / Livin' on love." It's 'Can't Buy Me Love' gone country.
'It's Five O'Clock Somewhere'
With Jimmy Buffett
This duet, which sounds like it may have been written at 'Margaritaville,' gives permission to have happy hour at any time of day. The song, with accompanying video featuring Alan's boat 'The Hullbilly,' stayed at No.1 a whopping eight weeks and marked Jimmy's first No.1 hit in country music, as well as Alan's highest position on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
In a song dedicated to his wife of now 31 years, Denise, Alan puts their family scrapbook to music. Through the ups and downs, seeing life come into the world and leave it, their relationship has triumphed. They remember the good times and the bad and realize both have made their love stronger.
The Chattahoochee River clearly holds a special place in Alan's heart. Using the "muddy waters" to teach him "a lot about livin' and a little 'bout love," Alan's catchy lines and memorable imagery earned him two CMA Awards for both Single and Song of the Year for this now classic hit.
'Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning'
This poignant, Grammy-winning song was written as the nation grieved in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With emotion-driven lines like, "Did you weep for the children / Who lost their dear loved ones" and "Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her / Did you dust off that Bible at home?" the entire country became enraptured by this chart topper. Written by Alan just a few weeks after the tragedy, it provided lyrical comfort for a fearful and grieving nation, no matter what your musical tastes.