On this date in 1986, George Strait released “Ocean Front Property,” which ultimately became his 10th #1 hit single when it peaked at the top of the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart, and has since been certified Gold by the RIAA.
Written by the great Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran and Royce Porter, the song was released in December of 1986 as the lead single and title track from his 1987 album of the same name.
It’s so clever and well-written, as the narrator describes how, in the wake of a breakup, he’ll never miss his ex or ever want to get back together with her.
But in reality, as he admits later, the likelihood of him moving on is about as good as the chances of finding an “ocean front property” in landlocked Arizona.
And I mean, there ain’t a butter that’s smoother than this man anywhere on planet earth… his delivery is simply phenomenal, per the usual.
37 years later, the song is just as timeless and meaningful as ever and remains one of The King’s best: