On This Date: Alan Jackson And Jimmy Buffett Were Number One With “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere”

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Alan Jackson

Is it too early to start drinking?

The news of Jimmy Buffett’s death a few weeks back left seemingly the entire world in a bit of shock and lots of sadness.

The Mayor of “Margaritaville” was a universally loved artist for his laid back style, good vibes, and fun music, and immediately tributes began pouring in from country music artists who were inspired by the Pascagoula, Mississippi native.

While there’s no shortage of country acts that he worked with over the years, he will forever be tied to one iconic song that’s a staple of any backyard barbeque, day on the lake, or karaoke night.

Alan Jackson released “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” back in 2003 as the first single from his Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II project and it went on to become one of those songs that everyone loved, not just because Jim Brown and Don Rollins wrote a heck of a feel good song, but because Jimmy Buffett himself joined in to kick it to the next level.

It became the biggest pop hit of Alan’s career, shooting up both the country and all-genre charts from the jump. While it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, it reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart on this day in 2003. It would spend a total of 8 weeks at peak position and eventually won the CMA for Vocal Event of the Year.

To honor the legacy of both Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, I feel it’s only right to pour something tall and strong, kick back and enjoy this Thursday.

It’s what Jimmy Buffett would do.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock