Love's Got a Hold on You

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"Love's Got a Hold on You"
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Don't Rock The Jukebox
B-side "That's All I Need to Know"
Released July 13, 1992
Format Promo-only CD single
7" 45 RPM
Recorded January 4, 1991[1]
Genre Country
Length 2:54
Label Arista 12447
Writer(s) Carson Chamberlain
Keith Stegall
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Midnight in Montgomery"
"Love's Got a Hold on You"
"She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)"

"Love's Got a Hold on You" is a song written by Carson Chamberlain, Jackson's road manager, and Keith Stegall, his producer, and performed by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in July 1992 as the final single from Jackson's second album, Don't Rock the Jukebox It was also the only song that Jackson did not co-write on the album. It peaked at number 1 on both the U.S. Billboard country music chart, and on the Canadian RPM country music chart.


The narrator is falling in love and doesn't know why he is acting differently. He asks the doctor and then his friends, they all say that it sounds like he is falling in love.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that "love has him in a lassoed condition." She goes on to say that Jackson's "rich vocal romping hooks this catchy twirl." The production was described as "big-sounding" and that it adds "just the right snap."[2] Ben Foster of Country Universe gave the song an A grade," saying that "the light jaunty arrangement creates just the right mood for the silly lyrics, while Jackson’s laid-back delivery fits the song like a glove. The result is that Jackson creates an infectious singalong-friendly earworm out of a song that could have been a grating annoyance in the wrong hands."[3]

Peak chart positions[edit]

"Love's Got a Hold on You" debuted at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 25, 1992.

Chart (1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 4
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 12
Preceded by
"I Still Believe in You"
by Vince Gill
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

September 19-September 26, 1992
Succeeded by
"In This Life"
by Collin Raye
Preceded by
"In This Life"
by Collin Raye
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 24, 1992
Succeeded by
"If I Didn't Have You"
by Randy Travis


  1. ^ The Greatest Hits Collection (CD). Alan Jackson. Arista Records. 1995. 07822 18801. 
  2. ^ Billboard, August 1, 1992
  3. ^ Review by Ben Foster
  4. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 24, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Alan Jackson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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