“I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)”
Written by Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarmer
#1 (2 weeks)
November 21 – November 28, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 20, 1992
Alabama tops the charts with one of its best nineties hits.
The Road to No. 1
Alabama’s American Pride album was led off with “Take a Little Trip,” which went top five. It then produced three consecutive No. 1 hits, but only the first of them topped both charts.
The No. 1
Just like “9 to 5” was the perfect anthem for the work-centric eighties, “I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)” was the perfect anthem for the workaholic hangover of the early nineties, as the country suffered through a rough recession and all that effort became an exercise in inertia.
Yet the record itself is exhilarating. It’s an energetic romp that leans into the frenzied lifestyle captured in the lyric.
You get the sense the boys might collapse once they finish singing, but they keep up the frenetic pace from start to finish.
The Road From No. 1
Alabama kicked off another run of consecutive No. 1 singles with “I’m in a Hurry,” and we’ll see the next three in 1993.
“I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)” gets an A.
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