Here in the Real World

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Here in the Real World
Studio album by Alan Jackson
Released February 27, 1990[1]
Recorded June 27, 1989
Genre Country
Length 29:50
Label Arista
Producer Scott Hendricks
Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson chronology
Here in the Real World
Don't Rock the Jukebox
(1991)Don't Rock the Jukebox1991
Singles from Here in the Real World
  1. "Blue Blooded Woman"
    Released: September 1989
  2. "Here in the Real World"
    Released: January 15, 1990
  3. "Wanted"
    Released: May 28, 1990
  4. "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow"
    Released: September 1990
  5. "I'd Love You All Over Again"
    Released: January 7, 1991

Here in the Real World is the debut studio album by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released on February 27, 1990, and produced five singles: "Blue Blooded Woman", "Here in the Real World", "Wanted", "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow", and "I'd Love You All Over Again", Jackson's first Number One hit.

The track "Home" served as the B-side for several of Jackson's later singles, before he re-released the song in 1995 for his The Greatest Hits Collection album, and finally issued it as a single in 1996.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly B [3]
Q 3/5 stars [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars [5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ace of Hearts" Carson Chamberlain, Ron Moore, Lonnie Wilson 3:06
2. "Here in the Real World" Mark Irwin, Alan Jackson 3:36
3. "Blue Blooded Woman" Jackson, Roger Murrah, Keith Stegall 2:14
4. "Wanted" Jackson, Charlie Craig 2:59
5. "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow" Jackson, Jim McBride 3:06
6. "She Don't Get the Blues" Jackson, McBride 2:46
7. "I'd Love You All Over Again" Jackson 3:11
8. "Dog River Blues" Jackson 2:20
9. "Home" Jackson 3:18
10. "Short Sweet Ride" Jackson, McBride 2:29


Chart performance[edit]

Here in the Real World peaked at #54 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and #4 on the Top Country Albums. In August 1994, Here in the Real World was certified 2 x Platinum by the RIAA.


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1989 "Blue Blooded Woman" 45 86
1990 "Here in the Real World" 3 1
"Wanted" 3 3
"Chasin' That Neon Rainbow" 2 5
1991 "I'd Love You All Over Again" 1 1


  1. ^ "Alan Jackson Tears Up the Tracks With 'Freight Train'". The Boot. March 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ Here in the Real World at AllMusic
  3. ^ Nash, Alanna (1990-03-16). "Country". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Alan Jackson - Here in the Real World CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 409. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
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  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 16, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-16. [permanent dead link]