For the Record

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This article is about the Alabama album. For the Torae album, see For the Record (Torae album). For the television program on TheBlaze, see For the Record (TV series).
Not to be confused with Four the Record.
For the Record
Greatest hits album by Alabama
Released August 25, 1998
Recorded 1998 (Disc 1, Tracks 1-3)
1980-1997 (other tracks)
Genre Country
Label RCA Records
Producer Alabama and Don Cook (Disc 1, Tracks 1-3)
Various original producers (other tracks)
Alabama chronology
The Essential Alabama
For the Record
Twentieth Century
Singles from For the Record
  1. "How Do You Fall in Love"
    Released: July 26, 1998
  2. "Keepin' Up"
    Released: November 23, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

For the Record is a two-disc, 44-track greatest hits package released by the American country music band Alabama.

The album chronicles the biggest hits from Alabama released between 1980 and 1998. The lineup includes all 33 of their Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles & Tracks No. 1 singles, as well as other songs which reached Number One on the former Radio & Records (now Mediabase 24/7) charts; each of the non-Billboard No. 1 hits made the top 5 on that chart.

Three new tracks are also included. Of these, "How Do You Fall in Love" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in late 1998. The follow-up single, "Keepin' Up", reached the Top 20 in early 1999, while "Five O'Clock 500" was not released as a single.

All of the greatest hits are presented in their single/radio edit forms; in some cases, the songs were nearly two minutes shorter than their original album versions.

The Essential[edit]

For the Record was re-released in 2005 as The Essential. Both albums have an identical track lineup. In his review of The Essential, Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine stated that the new album title eliminated "the misleading subtitle that claimed all of the songs on the album hit No. 1."[2] A disclaimer on the back of the album indicates that The Essential is the reissued For the Record.


The original For the Record album was certified platinum for sales of 5 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

Song listing[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Five O'Clock 500" (Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen, Ronnie Rogers) – 3:36A
  2. "Keepin' Up" (Greg Fowler, Gentry, Owen, Rogers) – 3:05A
  3. "How Do You Fall in Love" (Fowler, Gentry, Owen) – 3:00A
  4. "Tennessee River" (Owen) – 3:02
  5. "Why Lady Why" (Gentry, Rick Scott) – 3:09
  6. "Old Flame" (Donny Lowery, Mac McAnally) – 3:10
  7. "Feels So Right" (Owen) – 3:35
  8. "Love in the First Degree" (Tim DuBois, Jim Hurt) – 3:18
  9. "Mountain Music" (Owen) – 3:38
  10. "Take Me Down" (Mark Gray, J.P. Pennington) – 3:43
  11. "Close Enough to Perfect" (Carl Chambers) –3:33
  12. "Dixieland Delight" (Rogers) – 3:56
  13. "The Closer You Get" (Gray, Pennington) – 3:37
  14. "Lady Down on Love" (Owen) – 3:57
  15. "Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)" (Dave Loggins) – 3:43
  16. "When We Make Love" (Troy Seals, Mentor Williams) – 3:36
  17. "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)" (Murry Kellum, Dan Mitchell) – 3:22
  18. "(There's A) Fire in the Night" (Bob Corbin) – 3:57
  19. "There's No Way" (John Jarrard, Lisa Palas, Will Robinson) – 4:11
  20. "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" (Loggins, Don Schlitz, Lisa Silver) – 3:18
  21. "Can't Keep a Good Man Down" (Corbin) – 3:39
  22. "She and I" (Loggins) – 3:34
Disc 2
  1. "Touch Me When We're Dancing" (Kenneth Bell, Terry Skinner, J.L. Wallace) – 3:41
  2. ""You've Got" the Touch" (Jarrard, Palas, Robinson) – 4:15
  3. "Face to Face" (Owen) – 3:00
  4. "Fallin' Again" (Fowler, Gentry, Owen) – 3:59
  5. "Song of the South" (Bob McDill) – 3:11
  6. "If I Had You" (Kerry Chater, Danny Mayo) – 3:33
  7. "High Cotton" (Scott Anders, Roger Murrah) – 3:00
  8. "Southern Star" (Rich Alves, Steve Dean, Murrah) – 3:08
  9. "Jukebox in My Mind" (Dave Gibson, Rogers) – 3:39
  10. "Forever's as Far as I'll Go" (Mike Reid) – 3:33
  11. "Down Home" (Rick Bowles, Josh Leo) – 3:27
  12. "Here We Are" (Beth Nielsen Chapman, Vince Gill) – 2:51
  13. "Then Again" (Bowles, Jeff Silbar) – 3:43
  14. "Born Country" (Byron Hill, John Schweers) – 3:19
  15. "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)" (Murrah, Randy VanWarmer) – 2:48
  16. "Once Upon a Lifetime" (Gary Baker, Frank J. Myers) – 4:13
  17. "Hometown Honeymoon" (Leo, Jim Photoglo) – 3:18
  18. "Reckless" (Michael Clark, Jeff Stevens) – 3:19
  19. "Give Me One More Shot" (Gentry, Owen, Rogers) – 3:29
  20. "She Ain't Your Ordinary Girl" (Robert Jason) – 2:53
  21. "In Pictures" (Bobby E. Boyd, Joe Doyle) – 3:33
  22. "Sad Lookin' Moon" (Fowler, Gentry, Owen) – 3:33
  • A Previously unreleased

Live DVD[edit]

A DVD was released with Alabama performing all 41 Number One Hits (plus My Home's In Alabama) at Las Vegas on October 10, 1998.

Track listing

Personnel on Tracks 1-3 (Disk #1)[edit]

Additional Musicians

Chart performance[edit]

As For the Record
Chart (1998) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard 200 13
Canadian RPM Country Albums 4
As The Essential
Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 52


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Essential Alabama [2005] - Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Searchable Database - Search: For the Record, author: Alabama". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Alabama – For the Record". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH