Josh Turner Readies ‘Greatest Hits’ Album: ‘It’s Surreal, It’s A Blessing’

The project is set to include 11 of the country star’s top charting tunes and fan favorites.


Madeleine O’Connell

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July 7, 2023


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Josh Turner is celebrating 20 years as a country music artist. Within this time, he’s sold more than six and a half million records, reached five and a half billion global streams, and has heard his baritone vocals become hits on country radio. To commemorate of all his success thus far, Turner announced that he will be dropping a Greatest Hits album on September 8. 

This collection will showcase 11 of Turner’s top charting tunes and fan favorites that have been compiled from seven of his studio albums. Featured on the track list are his five No. 1 hits including “Your Man,” certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA, “Would You Go With Me,” certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA, “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” certified double-Platinum by the RIAA, “All Over Me,” certified Gold by the RIAA, and “Hometown Girl,” certified double-Platinum by the RIAA.

 “When you start out in this business, you’re never guaranteed longevity,” Turner shared in a press release. “I’m humbled and thankful that I’m still around making music and that I’ve done well enough for long enough to warrant releasing a Greatest Hits album.”

Josh Turner, Greatest Hits
Josh Turner, Greatest Hits

Additionally, Turner’s Greatest Hits project wouldn’t be complete without his signature song, “Long Black Train.” The Platinum-certified hit was first released in 2003 as the second single and title track to his debut album, Long Black Train. When the song was originally penned, Turner wasn’t writing with the intention of building a record. In fact, he didn’t have a publishing deal or a record deal at the time. He was just

“You know, I was lucky to just pass my classes and make good grades at that point. And I was overcoming my vocal injury at the time, and so it was kind of an innocent time in my life where, you know, I didn’t know how to write towards a record cause I’d never had a record deal,” Turner previously told Country Now and other outlets. “‘Long Black Train’ came out of that time where I didn’t really know what my future held.”

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He went on to discuss how the ghostly tune would go on to change it all for him. Both the song and the album ended up being certified Platinum by the RIAA with nearly 1.5M album sales. 

“I never would’ve dreamt of the doors that that song opened for me going forward,” Turner continued. “Cause even at literally the moment that I finished writing it, I’m thinking, nobody’s ever gonna wanna hear this. This is just so out outdated. But you know, it’s got a lot of those timeless qualities and it’s got a very strong, clear message, and I think it’s something that people relate to and they continue to relate to it.”

In May of 2023, Josh Turner released “Long Black Train” on vinyl to commemorate the 20th anniversary. 

Josh Turner Vinyl

“Long Black Train” became the start of something that went far beyond anything Josh Turner could have ever imagined for himself at the time. As he continued reflecting on all the opportunities that have come his way and the impactful career that has developed over the years, the MCA Nashville recording artist shared that he’s incredibly proud to be able to compile a Greatest Hits collection for the first time.

“It’s kind of crazy. You know, a greatest hits package is not something you see a whole lot nowadays. There’s a variety of reasons for that, but to be able to have something like that come out for my fans to buy is just, once again, it’s kind of like celebrating 20 years of a single, you know, it’s just one of those things that you never really dreamt about,” he shared before adding, “It’s hard to put into words. I’m very, very thankful, very blessed that I have enough songs that I could call hits to put into a collection like that, and that the fans and radio and the industry has continued to support me throughout my career. It’s surreal, it’s a blessing and, you know, hope people enjoy it.”

Josh Turner is currently on the Long Black Train 20th Anniversary Tour. Named in honor of the 20th anniversary of Turner’s hit album, the trek launched March 4 in Dothan, AL and will continue across the U.S before wrapping up in Columbus, MN on September 23.

Additionally, he will return to the UK on July 12 and July 13 to perform at Union Chapel.


  1. “Would You Go With Me” (From the album Your Man)
    Written by Shawn Camp and John Scott Sherrill
    Produced by Frank Rogers
  2. “Firecracker” (From the album Everything Is Fine)
    Written by Josh Turner, Pat McLaughlin and Shawn Camp
    Produced by Frank Rogers
  3. “Hometown Girl” (From the album Deep South)
    Written by Marc Beeson and Daniel Tashian
    Produced by Frank Rogers
  4. “Long Black Train” (From the album Long Black Train)
    Written by Josh Turner
    Produced by Mark Wright and Frank Rogers
  5. Why Don’t We Just Dance (From the album Haywire)
    Written by Jim Beavers, Jonathan Singleton and Darrell Brown
    Produced by Frank Rogers
  6. All Over Me (From the album Haywire)
    Written by Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins
    Produced by Frank Rogers
  7. “Your Man” (From the album Your Man)
    Written by Chris Stapleton, Chris DuBois and Jace Everett
    Produced by Frank Rogers
  8. “Time Is Love” (From the album Punching Bag)
    Written by Tony Martin, Mark Nesler and Tom Shapiro
    Produced by Frank Rogers
  9. “I Wouldn’t Be A Man” (From the album Haywire)
    Written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid
    Produced by Frank Rogers
  10. “Me And God” (featuring Dr. Ralph Stanley and Marty Roe, Gene Johnson and Dana Williams
    of Diamond Rio) (From the album Your Man)
    Written by Josh Turner
    Produced by Frank Rogers
  11. “I Serve A Savior” (From the album I Serve A Savior)
    Written by Josh Turner and Mark Narmore
    Produced by Kenny Greenberg
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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.