Chattahoochee (song)

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Single by Alan Jackson
from the album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)
B-side "I Don't Need the Booze (To Get a Buzz On)"
Released May 17, 1993
Format CD single
Recorded 1992
Genre Country, country rock
Length 2:27 (original version)
3:56 (The Greatest Hits Collection remix)
Label Arista Nashville 20962
Songwriter(s) Alan Jackson
Jim McBride
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Tonight I Climbed the Wall"
"Mercury Blues"
"Tonight I Climbed the Wall"
"Mercury Blues"

"Chattahoochee" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in May 1993 as the third single from his album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love). The album is named for a line in the song itself. Jackson wrote the song with Jim McBride.

"Chattahoochee" also received CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

Alan Jackson talks about the song in the liner notes for his 1995 The Greatest Hits Collection: "Jim McBride and I were trying to write an up-tempo song and Jim came in with the line 'way down yonder on the Chattahoochee'. It kind of went from there. It's a song about having fun, growing up. and coming of age in a small town - which really applies to anyone across the country, not just by the Chattahoochee. We never thought it would be as big as it's become."[2]


The song is uptempo and talks about growing up and falling in love along the Chattahoochee River that forms part of the border between Georgia and Alabama.

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that the song could have performed well because it "looked back on the innocence of adolescence with bemusement and fondness for that transitional period of life."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Martin Kahan and premiered in May 1993.

Chart performance[edit]

"Chattahoochee" debuted at number 72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 15, 1993.

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 46
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 8
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1
Preceded by
"Money in the Bank"
by John Anderson
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

July 17-August 7, 1993
Succeeded by
"It Sure Is Monday"
by Mark Chesnutt
Preceded by
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 31-August 7, 1993
Succeeded by
"A Bad Goodbye"
by Clint Black with Wynonna
Preceded by
"I Saw the Light"
by Wynonna
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"I Swear"
by John Michael Montgomery


  1. ^ "Alan Jackson Biography" (html). Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  2. ^ The Greatest Hits Collection (CD). Alan Jackson. Arista Records. 1995. 07822 18801. 
  3. ^ Song review
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2198." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 7, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Alan Jackson.
  6. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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