Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)

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"Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)"
Single by The Judds
from the album Rockin' with the Rhythm
Released January 1986
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre Country
Length 4:15
Label RCA/Curb
Songwriter(s) Jamie O'Hara
Producer(s) Brent Maher
The Judds singles chronology
"Have Mercy"
"Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)"
"Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain"
"Have Mercy"
"Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)"
"Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain"

"Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)" is a song written by Jamie O'Hara, and recorded by American country music duo The Judds. It was released in January 1986 as the second single from the album Rockin' with the Rhythm. The song became The Judds' sixth No. 1 song on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.[1] Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[2]


"Grandpa" — as the song is sometimes known — is a reflection on days gone by, wherein the narrator expresses discontent about the decline in traditional values, the hectic lifestyle of the day and how progress hasn't always been positive ("They call it progress/But I just don't know"). The refrain reflects on the values of yesterday, such as marriages staying intact for a lifetime, fathers maintaining their responsibilities to help raise children, families going to church, promises being kept, and how right and wrong were clearly defined.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 184. 
  2. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Judds – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Judds.
Preceded by
"Once in a Blue Moon"
by Earl Thomas Conley
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 10, 1986
Succeeded by
"Ain't Misbehavin'"
by Hank Williams, Jr.
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 24, 1986