Alan Jackson Albums Ranked

Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American singer and songwriter. He was known for blending traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country-pop sounds (for a style widely regarded as “neotraditional country”), as well as penning many of his own songs. Jackson recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums. Jackson was one of the best-selling music artists of all-time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide, with 44 million sold in the United States alone. He had 66 songs appear on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart; of the 66 titles, and six featured singles, 38 have reached the top five, and 35 have claimed the number one spot. Out of 15 titles to reach the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, nine have been certified multi-platinum. He was the recipient of two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards, and nominee of multiple other awards. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 by Loretta Lynn[2] and into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. Here are all of Alan Jackson’s albums ranked.

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10. Like Red On A Rose (2006)

“”Like Red on a Rose” is an emotional juggernaut, from the first track to the last. It’s jam-packed with catchy melodies and wonderful lyrics, and many instrumental odes to other genres. It’s got the peaks and valleys that every great album should have, and not a single letdown among the album’s many songs. The title track, in particular, is perhaps the most underrated love song to hit country radio waves in recent memory–it’s catchy, witty, and so damn convincing, but that’s Alan Jackson for you.”

9. Here In The Real World (1990)

“”Here in the Real World” is hands down my favorite. The song is seeped in country sound – whenever I hear it, I immediately picture Alan singing in some tiny honky-tonk bar. The main act has finished, and Alan is sent in to close out the night, singing to a few inebriated patrons. Perhaps my imagination is a bit fertile, but “Here in the Real World” is so incredibly atmospheric. Audiences agreed, and the single shot to #3 in early 1990. The CD became a hit, and Alan was heralded as one of the leaders of the new movement of traditional country singers. “Here in the Real World” is arguably Alan’s most country sounding CD, but all the elements that he’d continue to hone in his subsequent releases are here: great writing and singing.”

8. What I Do (2004)

“”What I do” is what he does so perfectly: A blend of lilting ballads of the love-lost variety, up-tempo numbers with a nice slice of humor (“The Talkin’ Song Repair Blues” is hilarious), and with a blazing track to show off the immense virtuosity of the musicians, “Burnin’ the Honkey Tonks Down” will knock your socks off. Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and Hargus “Pig” Robbins (piano) are among those that back Jackson in this CD, with the exception of the final track, which was recorded live at the 2004 Flameworthy Awards in Nashville, and has a different line-up, which includes guitarist Tom Rutledge.”

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7. Everything I Love (1996)

“he title track is about how all life’s pleasures (including his partner) are ruining him and he’s going to have to give them up. Little bitty was written by Tom T Hall and would surely have been a major hit for him had he written it in the seventies. However, he wrote it long after most people had lost interest in his music, so Tom was grateful to Alan for having a number one country hit with it and rekindling interest in his own music”

6. Good Time (2008)

“”Good Time” is jam-packed with solid country music and, as usual for an Alan Jackson album, the songs will appeal to a wide audience. There are love ballads for the ladies, a drinking song or two for the guys, some autobiographical songs, and lots of Alan Jackson humor on display.”

5. Thirty Miles West (2013)

“Every aspect of Thirty Miles West is close to perfect. As Alan himself put it himself in the post 9/11 classic Where Were You (Drive, 2002), he’s “just a singer of simple songs,” which is very true, but he has once again proven that he is much more than that.”

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4. Don’t Rock The Jukebox (1991)

“The title track was inspired by an event that actually happened, where somebody was leaning on a jukebox and somebody else told him not to rock it. Alan took the phrase and wrote a song in which he changed the meaning of the phrase Don’t rock the jukebox – the song is actually a plea to fill the jukebox with country music (especially George Jones records) rather than rock music.”

3. The Bluegrass Album (2013)

“The album has a nice flow and it was easy for me to identify the songs Alan wrote, eight of the fourteen. After listening to the album several times and especially the first track, Long Hard Road, I hope Alan is sending a message to his fans… that being that he is returning to our roots as a nation, mountain music. Todays country music for the most part has changed drastically and not for the better.”

2. A Lot About Livin’ (And A Little ‘Bout Love) (1992)

“The album opens with the upbeat song about growing up on the river. “Chattahoochee” is one of the more upbeat songs on the album, and has a little catchy riff and staccato style lyrics. “Mercury Blues” bookends the album with another upbeat song. Like the stereotype of Country, a lot of the songs on this album are about being left by a woman. Songs like “She’s Got the Rhythm (and I Got the Blues)” and “(Who Says) You Can’t Have It All” are true ballads of the broken heart. “Up To My Ears In Tears” is more of a comical and upbeat version of being dumped, filled with some good guitar work.”

1. Drive (2002)

“This is a very strong album. Jackson has consistently recorded excellent country music throughout the 12 years since his first album. Encouragingly, in recent years, his own songwriting and choice of other writers’ songs has actually improved upon the high standard of his earlier recordings. His albums, particularly Who I Am, High Mileage, When Somebody Loves You and now Drive, have been entertaining, personal and of the highest quality, matching the best of George Strait’s recordings. Strait features on this album in a duet, “Designated Drinker”, which gets better with repeated listening, although its tune will be familiar to anyone who has heard Johnny Paycheck’s “Don’t Take Her She’s All I’ve Got”. Jackson has always displayed a sense of humour in his work and that’s well represented here with “I Slipped And Fell In Love” and “Work In Progress”.”