Remember When Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett Teamed Up For ‘It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere?’

In the summer of 2003, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett joined forces on “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere,” a boozy…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 2, 2022

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Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett

In the summer of 2003, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett joined forces on “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere,” a boozy duet that would go on to become one of the greatest country music drinking songs of all time.

The island-inspired tune finds the superstars embracing a carefree lifestyle and acknowledging that it’s okay to drink at any time of the day because “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere.”

“Pour me somethin’ tall and strong/ Make it a Hurricane before I go insane/ It’s only half past twelve, but I don’t care/ It’s five o’clock somewhere,” they sing on the chorus.

“It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere” was written by Jim “Moose” Brown and Don Rollins and spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the charts in the summer of 2003. The song went on to win the CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year in 2003 and was named the No.3 country song of the decade by Billboard.

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Following the song’s release, co-writer Jim “Moose” Brown revealed that they originally pitched the song to Kenny Chesney, however, he passed on recording it. Chesney’s loss was Jackson’s gain as it is now one of the biggest songs of his career.

“It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere” appears on Jackson‘s 2003 album, Greatest Hits II.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.