Billboard: Alan Jackson's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

6/27/2017 by Chuck Dauphin - 

2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for longtime country music fan favorite Alan Jackson. He continues his well-received tour with Lee Ann Womack, playing venues across the United States, playing hit after hit for more than two hours a night.

In October, the singer will be enshrined – along with songwriter Don Schlitz and Jerry Reed – as one of the new members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, ensuring that his music will continue to be celebrated for as long as fans love country music and want to know about its’ heritage. Over the course of his career, Jackson has given fans some of the format’s greatest moments. Billboard takes a look at ten of his finest moments on record!

10. Alan Jackson - “Chattahoochee”

The number one rule for a songwriter is often said to write what you are familiar with. If that’s so, no Alan Jackson song did that task better than his 1993 summer anthem that sent country fans down rivers, lakes, or oceans in their backyards – while paying homage to a river in his native Georgia, where it gets “hotter than a hoochie-coochie.”

9. Alan Jackson - ​“Midnight In Montgomery”

Always one to tip the hat to the legends that inspired him, this 1992 hit about Hank Williams remains one of his most haunting melodies. Just like with many of his biggest hits, the video helped tell the story of this one, reminding newer country fans of the heritage of the format.

8. Alan Jackson - "Home”

Many of Jackson’s finest records were inspired by his family, and this one drew its’ inspiration from his parents and the example that they set for him growing up. It was definitely a case of a song waiting for its’ time. He included it on his 1990 debut album, and then included it on his first Greatest Hits disc in 1995….and the rest was history.


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