Country Music Hall of Fame member Alan Jackson has a decades-long career that boasts an impressive catalog of hits, but few songs are more iconic than his 1993 single, “Chattahoochee.”
The superstar released the song on May 17, 1993. The uptempo number was a massive hit at country radio and ultimately climbed the No.1 spot on August, 6 of that year. The beloved tune was co-written by Jackson alongside Jim McBride and appears on his 1992 album, A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love).
Jackson says they never imagined the song would be such a big hit.
“Jim McBride and I were trying to write an up-tempo song and Jim came in with the line ‘way down yonder on the Chattahoochee,’” he recalled in the liner notes of his 1995 Greatest Hits collection. “It kind of went from there. It’s a song about having fun, growing up, and coming of age in a small town – which really applies to anyone across the country, not just by the Chattahoochee. We never thought it would be as big as it’s become.”
The “Chattahoochee” music video is one of Jackson’s most famous videos and features the Georgia native water skiing in torn-up blue jeans and red cowboy boots. The video is a quintessential ’90s country clip and it undoubtedly one of his most memorable videos to date.
“Chattahoochee” went on the win the title of CMA Single and Song of the Year.
Click above to re-live the legendary music video.