“Don’t Rock the Jukebox”
Written by Alan Jackson, Roger Murrah, and Keith Stegall
#1 (3 weeks)
Juuly 6 – July 20, 1991
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
June 28 – July 5, 1991
Alan Jackson dodges the sophomore slump.
The Road to No. 1
Here in the Real World, the debut major label album from Alan Jackson, produced four consecutive No. 1 singles in 1990 and 1991. A chance comment about a wobbly jukebox from co-writer Roger Murrah to Alan Jackson inspired the song which would serve as the lead single and title track of Jackson’s second set for Arista Nashville.
The No. 1
And it’s a straight up classic. We knew it would become one in 1991, and it’s remained one for thirty years since, standing tall among the catalog of the most impressive male vocalist of his generation.
It’s got that universal appeal that captures why country music was gaining fans well beyond the south in the early nineties. Like the rest of us, Jackson loved him some rock and roll, but when he needs his heartstrings pulled, well, “there ain’t nothin’ like a steel guitar to drown a memory.”
Jackson knows why country music matters, and he knows how to make country music that resonates across generations and backgrounds.
Do I have to write more about “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” that this to make my case? It’s “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” folks.
The Road From No. 1
Like I said, no sophomore slump here. All five singles from Don’t Rock the Jukebox will top at least one of the singles charts..
“Don’t Rock the Jukebox” gets an A.