North to Alaska (song)

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"North to Alaska"
Single by Johnny Horton
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side "Mansion You Stole"
Released August 22, 1960
Genre Country
Length 2:48
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Mike Phillips[1]
Producer(s) Don Law
Johnny Horton singles chronology
"Johnny Freedom"
"North to Alaska"
"Sleepy-Eyed John"

"North to Alaska" is a 1960 hit song recorded by Johnny Horton which featured in the movie of the same name. Though Horton had sung several popular movie tie-in songs, this was the first one that was sung over the opening titles.

Written by Mike Phillips, "North to Alaska" topped Billboard magazine's Country Singles chart,[2] reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and eight on Norway Singles Chart.[3] Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[4]

Horton died shortly after the song was released.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960–1961) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides 1
Australia Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
Norway Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 23


  1. ^ "North to Alaska – Johnny Horton". AllMusic. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 162. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 85. 
  4. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Western-Style Singer Johnny Horton Killed: Man Who Made 'Battle of New Orleans' Popular Dies in Texas Highway Crash Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 06 Nov 1960: E1.
Preceded by
"Wings of a Dove"
by Ferlin Husky
Billboard Hot C&W Sides
number-one single

January 9-February 13, 1961
Succeeded by
"Wings of a Dove"
by Ferlin Husky