Alan Jackson: 16 Biggest Hits

Alan Jackson swung into popularity during the 90s, along with the rest of the neo-traditionalist movement. Like George Strait, Alan Jackson has been able to maintain mainstream radio success, despite the influx of new country music styles and younger faces. Alan Jackson: 16 Biggest Hits serves as a comprehensive introduction to Alan Jackson’s sound, as well as a demonstration of the clean instrumentals and smooth voice that have earned Jackson the distinction of living legend.
1) Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow- Seeing as how Alan Jackson is a multimillionaire country musician, one might be skeptical of Jackson’s ability to feign the role of a struggling country singer attempting to “chase that neon rainbow.” However, Jackson effortlessly conveys that message in this song, especially through the line “this overhead is killing me, half the time I sing for free, but when the crowd’s into it Lord it makes this thing I’m doing seem right.”
2) Who’s Cheatin’ Who- Alan Jackson covers this old Charly McClain hit to perfection. Apparently, country music fans agreed by making this tune one more top five single for Alan Jackson. The opening line of this song, “Everywhere you look, you can write a book on the troubles of a woman and man. Still, you cannot impose, you can’t stick your nose into something that you don’t understand. Still, you wonder who’s cheatin’ who,” essentially sums-up this song’s message of the complexities of love. Unlike Jackson’s other classical country songs, this song, while still maintaining its country roots, consistently employs a rock n’ roll guitar.
3) Tall, Tall Trees- To anyone accustomed to the Alan Jackson sound, which employs gratuitous amounts of pedal steel guitar and fiddles, the fact that Jackson would pay homage to country music legend George Jones shouldn’t come as a surprise. In covering Jones’s Tall, Tall Trees, Jones demonstrates why he’s such an acclaimed country singer. Unlike other artists’ covers, which leave the listener longing for the original version, Jackson’s distinctive phrasing effectively makes this single resemble an original Jackson single. Additionally, this song is quintessentially country. After all, what’s more uniquely country than a straight-forward, playful love song, set to a shuffle beat and lively fiddles?
4) Chattahoochee- “Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee, it get’s hotter than a hoochie-coochie. We laid rubber on the Georgia asphalt…got a little crazy but we never got caught.” This opening lyric’s playful conveyance of youthful irresponsibility and care-free living is the reason this single isn’t just an Alan Jackson classic, but also a country music standard. Additionally, the rapid fiddles & consistent guitar riffs, adorning a fast shuffle beat, converge in a way that effectively represents Jackson’s Southern roots.
All in all, Alan Jackson is more than a country music icon. In fact, Jackson’s an American music treasure. The fact that Alan Jackson has been so consistently successful and relevant through two decades should be enough to perk the curiosity of anyone interested in quality music. However, Jackson is also highly respected by his musical peers, both past and present. As any real country music fan understands, if an artist is good enough for George Strait and George Jones, then than artist is good enough for a listen.


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