John Anderson is a country music singer and songwriter, originally from Florida. He began his career in 1974, so he has been in the music industry for almost five decades. During his career, John Anderson has released 22 studio albums, 10 compilation albums, 25 music videos, and 68 singles. Here are the 10 best John Anderson songs of all time.
10. 1959 (1980)
‘1959’ was John Anderson’s third single, and it featured on his self-titled debut album. It was Anderson’s first single to reach the top ten, as it reached number seven on the country charts in the United States and number four in Canada. The song was written by Gary Entry, and it is a reflection of the things that happened in the narrator’s life during 1959, including a relationship with a girl called Betty.
9. Chicken Truck (1981)
‘Chicken Truck’ was the second single Anderson released from his second album, ‘John Anderson 2,’ and it reached number eight on the country chart in the United States. Anderson co-wrote the song with Monroe Fields and Ervan James Parker. It is about a man’s experience of getting stuck behind a chicken truck heading from Georgia along Alabama State Route 65.
8. I Just Came Home to Count the Memories (1981)
The 1981 single ‘I Just Came Home to Count the Memories’ was the lead single from the album of the same name, which was Anderson’s third studio album. It was most successful in Canada, where it reached number five on the country chart, while it reached number seven in the United States. The song was written by Glenn Ray, and it was originally recorded by Cai Smith in 1974, says Second Hand Songs.
7. Would You Catch a Falling Star (1982)
Anderson’s first single of 1982 was ‘Would You Catch a Falling Star,’ which is the second single from the album ’I Just Came Home to Count the Memories.’ It was Anderson’s fifth consecutive top ten hit in the United States, peaking at number six on the country chart. Anderson co-wrote the song with Frank Jones, and it is about the downfalls of fame and stardom and how fame eventually begins to fade.
6. Seminole Wind (1992)
‘Seminole Wind’ is the lead single and title track of the 1991 album of the same name. Although it topped the country charts in Canada, it just missed out on the top spot in the United States, peaking at number two. The song was written by Anderson, and it is about the damage that humans have done to the environment for economic gain. Other artists who have covered this song include James Taylor and Donna the Buffalo.
5. Straight Tequila Night (1991)
Towards the end of the 1980s and into the early 1990s, Anderson’s career had taken a downturn, and he was not achieving the same chart success as he enjoyed during the early 1980s. He made something of a comeback with the release of the single ‘Straight Tequila Night’ in 1991, as it topped the country charts in the United States and Canada. The track featured on the album ‘Seminole Wind.’ It was written by Debbie Hupp and Kent Robbins, and it is about a man who likes the look of a woman in a bar, but another customer advises he wait until she is not drinking tequila before making advances.
4. Money in the Bank (1993)
Anderson topped the country charts in both the United States and Canada for the second time in the 1990s when he released ‘Money in the Bank’ in 1993. It was the last number one hit for Anderson. The song was written by Bob DiPiero, John Jarrard, and Mark D. Sanders. It was the lead single from the studio album ‘Solid Ground.’
3. Wild and Blue (1982)
‘Wild and Blue’ is the title track and lead single from the 1982 album of the same name. Although the single topped the country charts in the United States, it peaked at only number 15 in Canada. Anderson co-wrote the song with Frank Jones. Two years after the release of this single, Hank Williams Jr. released a cover version of the song. The track was also covered by Lucinda Williams in 1989, The Mekons in 1991, the Freakwater later in 1991, and The Steel Woods in 2017.
2. Swingin’ (1983)
Playback.fm lists ‘Swingin’’ as one of John Anderson’s best songs. Although this song topped the charts in the United States, it only reached number four in Canada. It is one of only a few of Anderson’s singles to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Peaking at number 43. Anderson co-wrote the song with Frank Jones, and it featured on the album ‘Wild & Blue.’ The song is about a little girl called Charlotte, who is the apple of the narrator’s eye. LeAnn Rimes and Chris Young have both recorded covers of this song.
1. Black Sheep (1983)
‘Black Sheep’ is John Anderson’s best and most successful song, and it was his first to top the country charts in both Canada and the United States. It was the first of two singles released from Anderson’s fifth studio album, ‘All the People Area Talkin’.’ The song was written by Robert Altman and Danny Darst, and it is about a man who feels like he is the black sheep of the family because his siblings have all achieved greater things in life and have better material possessions. The single’s B-side was ‘Call on Me.’