“Better Class of Losers”
Written by Alan Jackson and Randy Travis
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 21, 1992
You can keep your friends in high places.
The Road to No. 1
The superstar songwriting collaboration of Alan Jackson and Randy Travis already produced a No. 1 hit in “Forever Together,” and they repeated the success with the next single from the Travis album, High Lonesome.
The No. 1
For my money, this is the best of the three hit singles that Jackson and Travis wrote together.
It’s like an alternative timeline for “Friends in Low Places,” where the everyday Joe stayed with the high society girlfriend and got stuck eating caviar and having to grind his own coffee beans.
Some of the references are hilariously dated. “I need friends who don’t pay their bills on home computers” is very, very 1992. But the sentiment works just as well as it ever has, and the frustration that the narrator feels is expressed with a sharp wit throughout.
“I’m tired of you spending every dime I make to finance this way of life I’ve learned to hate.”
That’s some damn good songwriting, right there.
The Road From No. 1
Travis and Jackson wrote the former’s next single as well, “I’d Surrender All,” but it underperformed at radio. However, the two will pair up again for No. 1 hit with Jackson on the mic later this year, and Travis himself has two more No. 1 hits on deck from his pair of hits collections released in 1992.
“Better Class of Losers” gets an A.