Written by Howard Perdew and Kerry Kurt Phillips
#1 (4 weeks)
December 17, 1994 – January 7, 1995
Joe Diffie rings in the new year with his biggest hit of all time.
The Road to No. 1
After topping both charts with the title track from Third Rock From the Sun, Diffie returned to the top of the Billboard chart with the longest-running No. 1 single of his career.
The No. 1
“I met all my wives in traffic jams” is a fantastic line, made doubly amusing at the time by Diffie’s own well-publicized love life.
The musicianship is textbook nineties country, showcasing the remarkable talent within Nashville’s pool of studio musicians.
Diffie’s vocals, as always, are beyond reproach.
There. I’ve said three nice things about “Pickup Man,” which is as ridiculous a novelty song now as it was 28 years ago.
The Road From No. 1
“So Help Me Girl” followed “Pickup Man,” and it just missed the top spot. The fourth single from Third Rock was “I’m in Love With a Capital ‘U’,” which justly missed the top twenty. The fifth and final single, the gorgeous “That Road Not Taken,” then unjustly barely cracked the top forty. Diffie returns to No. 1 in 1996 with the lead single from his fifth studio album.
“Pickup Man” gets a C.
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