In the words of YouTuber (and all-around great guy) Grady Smith, I’ve never related to a song less but loved a song more.
Mark Wills had a solid career that started in the mid-90’s. And while he had some fairly popular songs, he hit a clear peak in early 2003 with his anthem about growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, “19 Something.”
The song was released as a new single for his 2003 Greatest Hits album and was his first and only number one hit, spending 6 weeks atop the country music charts.
Written by Chris DuBois and David Lee, the song mentions iconic things, moments and trends that affected so many people during the ’70s and ’80s, especially people who coming of age around those times.
I was born years after everything he mentions, so I clearly don’t have the same attachment as people who grew up during these time periods, but this song just hits me in all the right ways.
I’m a sucker for nostalgia and remembering the glory days, so even though I never had bell-bottoms, 8-Tracks or a Black Trans-Am, and even though I never hung out at skating rinks, and even though I watched Star Wars about 30 years after the first one came out, the song makes me feel like I was there.
And how about that soul patch? Looking kinda like a cleaned-up Chris Gaines there, Mark.