“She’s Got the Rhythm (and I Got the Blues)”
Written by Alan Jackson and Randy Travis
#1 (1 week)
December 19, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
December 18, 1992 – January 1, 1993
Another winner from Alan Jackson.
The Road to No. 1
As Alan Jackson got ready to launch his third Arista album, he was coming off of two consecutive studio albums that produced four No. 1 hits each. This trend would continue for his next two studio albums. Here, we have the lead single from A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little ‘Bout Love), which is his highest-selling studio album ever.
The No. 1
Alan Jackson and Randy Travis were as hot as a songwriting pair could get in 1992, but until this single, it was Travis who was the beneficiary of all of the chart action. But I dare say they saved the best for Alan Jackson, with “She’s Got the Rhythm (and I Got the Blues)” being the perfect vehicle for Jackson’s pure country delivery and wry sense of humor.
The cleverness is already there in the title, but can we take a moment to appreciate this second verse?
Well that music’s gettin’ louder
As my heart keeps beatin’ faster
As she spells out regret in perfect time
Well I thought I wanted freedom
But that ball and chain, I need ’em
‘Cause when you choose, sometimes you lose the prize
Add in that “Yee-haw” ad-lib at the end of the first chorus, and a final hillbilly wail to close out the record, and you’ve got one of Jackson’s very best singles of the nineties. Is is too early to give him the MVP title for the entire series?
The Road From No. 1
The calendar page turned to 1993 for Radio & Records during Alan’s run at the top, and he’ll have two more excellent No. 1 hits from this set before the new year is through.
“She’s Got the Rhythm (and I Got the Blues)” gets an A.
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