“Love’s Got a Hold On You”
Written by Carson Chamberlain and Keith Stegall
#1 (2 weeks)
September 19 – September 26, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 4, 1992
After a detour to Montgomery, Alan Jackson makes it back to No. 1.
The Road to No. 1
Following seven consecutive No. 1 singles, Jackson went top five with “Midnight in Montgomery,” a haunting and evocative ballad about meeting the ghost of Hank Williams. Arista then issued “Love’s Got a Hold On You” as the fifth and final single from Don’t Rock the Jukebox.
The No. 1
And it’s fine.
It’s a bit of a retread, harkening back to an older hit from Don Williams, “It Must Be Love,” which Jackson himself would later cover and take to No. 1.
It’s pretty generic album filler, making me wonder if it was sent to radio to buy Jackson some time to write some more material for his third Arista album.
A more energetic backing track would’ve helped. It’s one of Jackson’s most forgettable chart toppers.
The Road From No. 1
But Jackson is another rising star kicking up to a higher gear, with a string of fantastic singles on the way from that third Arista set. Stay tuned.
“Love’s Got a Hold On You” gets a B-.
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