“Third Rock From the Sun”
Written by John Greenebaum, Tony Martin, and Sterling Whipple
#1 (2 weeks)
September 24 – October 1, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 23, 1994
A dizzying plotline from out of this world.
The Road to No. 1
Joe Diffie hadn’t had a No. 1 hit since “Ships That Don’t Come In,” but he enjoyed three major hits from his third album, Honky Tonk Attitude: the title track, “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” and “John Deere Green” all went top five. He returned to the top with the lead single and title track from his fourth studio album.
The No. 1
By this time, Diffie’s transition from heartsick balladeer to novelty singer had begun in earnest, with radio ignoring the devastating ballad “In My Own Backyard” but embracing the three rave ups noted above.
“Third Rock From the Sun” is a good deal smarter and more creative than the ditties on the way, with a fantastically convoluted storyline that begins and ends at Smokey’s Bar.
The events of this small town are a hell of a lot more interesting than anything the bro country crew has ever come up with. Look what the grownups get up to while the teens think they’re doing something worth singing about out in the cornfields!
The Road From No. 1
His biggest hit is up next, and it will spend a month at No 1.
“Third Rock From the Sun” gets a B+.
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