Alan Jackson Top Ten Songs

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Alan Jackson is the pride of Newnan, Ga., and we’re counting down 10 of the country legend’s most memorable songs.

With more than 60 singles to his credit, nearly half of which have reached No. 1, narrowing down the list is tough. But for giving us the chance to revisit your impressive body of work, we not only say Happy Birthday, Alan, we say — to quote Ernest Tubb — “Thanks. Thanks a lot!”

10. “I Don’t Even Know Your Name”

Though he can deliver a sentimental ballad as convincingly as a hardcore country tune, Alan can also showcase his playful sense of humor in his songs, never better than on this rip-roaring tale that ends in a booze-fueled surprise wedding.

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9. “Tall Tall Trees”

The year Alan was born, 1958, one of this song’s co-writers, George Jones, recorded his own version of this irresistible ditty. The other co-writer, Roger Miller, has also recorded it. With a pedigree like that, it’s no wonder the song was another No. 1 for Alan.

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8. “Chattahoochee”

School was out but Alan couldn’t help learning “a lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love.” The ultimate summer song is topped off by a burger and grape sno-cone. But next time you go water-skiing, Alan, leave the jeans at home.

Watch the “Chattahoochee” Video

7. “Little Bitty”

Sure, the lyrics are simple, but this Cajun-tinged tune, penned by the great Tom T. Hall, captured the pleasure of small-town living so well that it went from little bitty to a big ole monster of a hit.

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6. “I’ll Go on Loving You”

The spoken lyrics were haunting and, considering the fragile state of his marriage at the time, the whole song was a bit uncomfortable, like listening in on a private conversation. But vulnerability and daring make for great art.

Watch the “I’ll Go on Loving You” Video

5. “Gone Country”

Nashville has been the destination for many an aspiring singer and songwriter, with differing opinions of what “country” means. The debate rages on, but no one captured its essence as well as a singer who couldn’t be considered anything but country.

Watch the “Gone Country” Video

4. “Midnight in Montgomery”

This goosebump-inducing ballad doesn’t even mention Hank Williams‘ name until the very last line (and even then it’s only his first name), but Alan conjures up the ghostly image of the country legend so well that we’re a little spooked, but in the best possible way.

Watch the “Midnight in Montgomery” Video

3. “Remember When”

With a remarkably beautiful melody and lyrics that are as honest and heartbreaking as they are hopeful, this is simply one of the most gorgeous country songs of all time. Nostalgic and poignant, this No. 1 single should have come with a Kleenex box.

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2. “Here in the Real World”

He’s broken our hearts numerous times with his sincere approach to songs that could, in another’s hands, come off as cloying or silly. This flawless heart-stopper was the first big hit he had and the first sign we were witnessing the rise a true country star.

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1. “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning”

What could have been seen as an opportunistic way to exploit a tragic situation was instead a soothing reminder that we all experience pain in different ways — and we’re all in this together. Anyone who listens to this would be hard-pressed not to find a reference in it to which they couldn’t relate.

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