“Jukebox in My Mind”
Written by Dave Gibson and Ronnie Rogers
#1 (4 weeks)
September 8 – September 29, 1990
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
September 7 – September 14, 1990
Alabama enjoys its longest-running No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
After four consecutive No. 1 singles from their Southern Star album, Alabama went top five with the title track from their next album, Pass it On Down.
The No. 1
Even more so than on the Eddie Rabbitt No. 1 earlier this year, Alabama’s “Jukebox in My Mind” demonstrates how far the pendulum had swung from country pop to the revival of traditionalism that was now dominating the charts.
It’s not that Alabama couldn’t do pure country. They just weren’t usually associated with it. Even their most fiddle-laden hits had more in common with Charlie Daniels southern rock than with George Jones traditional country.
But on “Jukebox in My Mind,” the boys of Alabama channel their inner Statler Brothers and go old-school, with their harmonies adorned with fiddle and steel that fit in perfectly with the records being made by Randy Travis and Alan Jackson at the time.
I love the framing of the record with the sound of the quarter dropping in the jukebox, as well as that sound of the needle hitting vinyl that would be used by everyone from Madonna to Miranda Lambert as the years went by. It’s particularly clever that they essentially start the record all over again, sound effects and all, just when you think it’s over, as that perfectly complements the lyric about a memory that just won’t quit.
It’s a bit out of their wheelhouse, but they do this kind of country well.
The Road From No. 1
RCA would pull an additional three singles from Pass it On Down, and we will be seeing all of them in the near future.
“Jukebox in My Mind” gets an A.