If anyone has proved staying power in country music — without caving to trends — it’s Alan Jackson, the long, tall Georgian who burst onto the Nashville scene in 1989 and hasn’t gone a year since without having a hit. Among his laundry list of accolades are 60 million albums sold, 50 Top 10 songs (35 of them reaching Number One) and 16 CMA Awards, along with numerous other trophies on his crowded mantel.
On November 6th, the country traditionalist will release his first-ever box set, the aptly titled Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story, featuring 59 tracks that span 25 years. In celebration of the three-disc compilation, we asked our readers to vote on their favorite Alan Jackson songs and the response was tremendous. Here are your picks, which range from drinking songs to weepers to dances with the devil — with all of them sporting Jackson’s genuine lyrical stamp.