On This Day: Alan Jackson Drops ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox’ Album in 1991

by Thad Mitchell
On This Day: Alan Jackson Drops 'Don't Rock the Jukebox' Album in 1991

With a career spanning numerous decades, legendary country music star Alan Jackson has had his share of hit songs.

An authentic country artist, Alan Jackson has put out 16 albums since bursting on the scene in the early 1990s. He is one of the best-selling country artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He’s also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and went into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017. His list of achievements also includes two Grammy Award wins, 16 CMA Awards and 17 ACM Awards.

One of Jackson’s top studio albums was put out on this date (May 14) 30 years ago in 1991. The album “Don’t Rock the Juke Box” was an instant hit and launched Alan Jackson into country music superstardom. Don’t Rock the Juke Box was Jackson’s sophomore effort and went on the become one of country music’s top classic albums. The album’s titular track was the first release from the album and also became the first number one hit song. The album rose all the way to second place on the Billboard Country Albums chart. It also ended the year ranked 17th on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album put out five singles for Alan Jackson, all of which would find success and were quite popular with country music fans. Other singles from Don’t Rock the Juke Box include “Dallas,” “Someday,” “Love Has Got a Hold on You” and “Midnight in Montgomery,” which is a tribute to country music legend Hank Williams.

Alan Jackson Has Signature Song in ‘Don’t Rock the Juke Box’

Even with the success of other songs on the album, “Don’t Rock the Juke Box” is the album’s signature song and one of Alan Jackson’s biggest hits.

The single was released on April 29, 1991, as a lead-up to the studio album’s release a few weeks later. The song earned Alan Jackson a few song of the year honors from various country music outlets. The song was so popular, that Alvin and the Chipmunks covered it on their 1992 album “Chipmunks in Low Places.”

Spurred by the success of “Don’t Rock the Juke Box,” 1991 was a big year for Alan Jackson. He was named the top new male vocalist of the year by the Academy of Country Music. “Don’t Rock the Juke Box” would go to win the ACM Album of the Year Award and Single of the Year awards.