Chasin' That Neon Rainbow

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"Chasin' That Neon Rainbow"
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Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Here in the Real World
B-side "Short Sweet Ride"
Released September 1990
Format Promo-only CD single
7" 45 RPM
Recorded June 26, 1989[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:06
Label Arista 2095
Songwriter(s) Alan Jackson
Jim McBride
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Chasin' That Neon Rainbow"
"I'd Love You All Over Again"
"Chasin' That Neon Rainbow"
"I'd Love You All Over Again"

"Chasin' That Neon Rainbow" is a song written by American country music artist Alan Jackson and Jim McBride, and performed by Jackson. It was released in September 1990 as the fourth single from Jackson's first album, Here in the Real World, the song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and number 5 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.

Background and writing[edit]

Jackson recounts the songs origins in the album notes. "Jim McBride and I were writing together for the first time. We were talking about my life in Georgia and the experience of playing the honky tonk circuit. I remembered a radio that my daddy won when I was a young child and how my mama used to sing to my sisters and me. I also remembered how my mama hated for me to play in the bars. All those things set the story in motion, and within a few sessions, my life chasing that neon rainbow was set to music."[1]


The song recounts the narrators life of trying to make it big as a country music artist.

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade," calling the song "memorable" due to "an exuberant melody and decidedly country production, but the lyrics are anything but lightweight." He goes on to say that the song is "sung with a humble innocence, exudes boundless gratefulness and optimism for a budding career."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jack Cole and was released in September 1990. It depicts Jackson going to a bar to audition as a musical act for the bar.

Peak chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 5
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 48


  1. ^ a b The Greatest Hits Collection (CD). Alan Jackson. Arista Records. 1995. 07822 18801. 
  2. ^ Review by Kevin John Coyne
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1415." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 19, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  5. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

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