On This Day: Alan Jackson Reaches No. 1 With ‘Good Time’ in 2008

by Shelby Scott

Country music icon Alan Jackson’s hit song “Good Time” hit the top of the chart 13 years ago today. It has, further, remained a staple song of his since it dropped to the public. It served as the title track and second single from his 2008 album Good Time. The album was released on March 4, 2008.

“Good Time,” as well as many other songs on the same album were written by the star himself. During an interview with Country Weekly, Alan Jackson stated that he’s always written tracks that were “simpler.” He added fans would rather just have something to listen to that makes their day easier.

Alan Jackson’s “Good Time” marked his 48th Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It’s also his 24th No. 1 hit. The song hit No. 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Nevertheless, Jackson saw success in his music very early in the 90s, scoring his very first No. 1 with his song, “I’d Love You All Over Again.” The song featured on his debut album, Here in the Real World, and was the fifth and final single from that first album.

Alan Jackson is Topping Charts Internationally

This past May, Northeast Pennsylvania’s FM radio station CAT Country 96 shared that Alan Jackson’s newest album, Where Have You Gone, not only reached no. 1 on the United States album chart. They also shared that the album saw no. 1 in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

Where Have You Gone is Jackson’s first new album featuring all-new music in six years. It features 21 new songs, 15 of which were written by Alan Jackson himself. The latest album secured the artist his 15th Top 10 album on the All-Genre Billboard 200 chart. It additionally landed him the no. 2 spot on the Billboard Country Album chart.

Interestingly enough, the country music icon features a song titled “Back” on the new album, inspired by popstar Justin Timberlake. Visit CAT Country’s home page to view the inside scoop on the song.

The Story Behind the Long-Awaited Release for New Music

While music artists, in general, are known to step back from making new music every so often, Jackson revealed in an interview with Taste of Country why it took so long to release an album featuring all-new music. He shared that over that period of time, he lost both his mom and his son-in-law.

“[I] didn’t really feel like making music for a couple years,” he shared. Nevertheless, much of the new album points back to his life and his family, taking inspiration from his late mother, as well as featuring two songs he wrote for his daughter’s wedding.

Additionally, Alan Jackson shared that the new album features the stories that contribute to genuine country music, which is an off-route from the current path of modern country music. “Real country songs are life and love and heartache, drinking and Mama and having a good time,” he said.

While the makeup of the lyrics are part of what makes up a genuine country song, he also said that country music also requires a certain instrumental sound.

“The steel and acoustic guitar, the fiddle, those things have a sound and a tone – and getting that right…that’s country, too,” he said.