I'm Alright (Jo Dee Messina song)

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"I'm Alright"
Single by Jo Dee Messina
from the album I'm Alright
A-side "Bye, Bye"
Released May 11, 1998
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:16
Label Curb
Writer(s) Phil Vassar
Producer(s) Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Jo Dee Messina singles chronology
"Bye, Bye"
"I'm Alright"
"Stand Beside Me"
Music video
"I'm Alright" at CMT.com

"I'm Alright" is a song written by Phil Vassar, and recorded by American country music singer Jo Dee Messina. It was released in May 1998 as the second single and title track from her album of the same name. It became her second consecutive Number One hit on the Billboard country charts, spending three weeks at Number One. "I'm Alright" was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 4, 1998 alongside "Bye, Bye."

Phil Vassar, who wrote the song, covered the song on his 2006 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 album, with some altered lyrics.


The song is an up-tempo in the key of C major, featuring a piano and electric guitar backing with pedal steel guitar and Dobro flourishes. The lyrics centralize on the female narrator, who is conversing with a friend. She details the various events that are going on in her life, such as lacking money and missing friends and family, but still asserts that she "must be doin' alright".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jon Small and premiered in mid-1998.

Chart performance[edit]

"I'm Alright" debuted at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 23, 1998. The song was a Number One country hit in both the U.S. and Canada and reached number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[1] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 43
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 34
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 4
Preceded by
"There's Your Trouble"
by Dixie Chicks
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

August 22-September 5, 1998
Succeeded by
"How Long Gone"
by Brooks & Dunn
Preceded by
"If You Ever Have Forever in Mind"
by Vince Gill
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 21, 1998

Phil Vassar version[edit]

"I'm Alright"
Song by Phil Vassar from the album Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
Released May 2, 2006
Format Album track
Genre Country
Length 4:13
Label Arista Nashville
Writer Phil Vassar
Music video
"I'm Alright" on YouTube

On his album Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, Vassar recorded his own version of the song with some altered lyrics. Unlike the original Jo Dee Messina recording, Vassar's rendition features an extended piano intro and slight lyrical changes.[6]


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