Written by Tom T. Hall
#1 (3 weeks)
December 7 – December 21, 1996
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
November 22 – November 29, 1996
A winning Tom T. Hall cover completes another string of Alan Jackson No. 1 singles.
The Road to No. 1
Alan Jackson previewed his fifth Arista studio album, Everything I Love, with his fifth consecutive No. 1 hit.
The No. 1
And it’s one of his best.
Alan Jackson’s firm grounding in country music history made him one of the only mainstream artists of the mid-nineties who would even know how to deliver a Tom T. Hall song, and his consistent success made him part of an even smaller group who could make such a song a multi-week No. 1 on both charts.
“Little Bitty” is fantastic. It’s witty, catchy, and enthusiastically performed, managing to improve on the already great “Tall, Tall Trees” while still hewing close to that song’s template.
Everything I Love was the album that signaled folks were starting to take Alan Jackson for granted a little bit, as it didn’t sell as many copies or receive as much awards attention as his previous four albums.
But it’s a damn good album, and its lead single is one of its strongest tracks.
The Road From No. 1
The title track from Everything I Love was the second single, and it went top ten, though it was his lowest-charting single since “Blue Blooded Woman,” his first release for Arista that missed the top forty. But the next three singles after than all went No. 1. We’ll start covering them in 1997.
“Little Bitty” gets an A.
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