Pop a Top

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"Pop a Top"
Single by Jim Ed Brown
from the album Just Jim
B-side "Too Good to Be True"
Released May 1967
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:16
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Nat Stuckey
Producer(s) Felton Jarvis
Jim Ed Brown singles chronology
"You Can Have Her"
"Pop a Top"
"Bottle, Bottle"
"Pop a Top"
Alanjackson Pop a Top.jpg
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Under the Influence
B-side "Revenooer Man"
Released October 4, 1999
Format Promo-only CD single
7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1999
Genre Country
Length 3:04
Label Arista Nashville 13183
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Little Man"
"Pop a Top"
"The Blues Man"

"Pop a Top" is a country song written and originally recorded by Nat Stuckey in 1966. The first hit version was released by Jim Ed Brown in May 1967 as the third and final single from his album Just Jim. The song was a number 3 Billboard country single for Brown in late 1967. It was later revived by Alan Jackson as the lead-off single from his 1999 album Under the Influence. Jackson's version peaked at number 6 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and number 2 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.[1]


The narrator, a bar patron, asks the tender to open another bottle of beer for him, and then he'll go. He commences to tell the bartender about his grief because his girl left him, and either he'll hide it with beer, or he'll be at home remembering heɾ.
The sound of a metal "pop-top" can being opened was a novelty, and that is a significant factor in the creating of this song. The metallic click and hiss sound of opening this type of container is featured several times in the song.

Music video[edit]

The music video for Jackson's version was directed by Steven Goldmann, and features Cledus T. Judd. The video opens with Cledus opening a beer and suddenly finding himself at a black tie event, while Alan Jackson performs the song onstage. The video switches between shots of Alan and his band performing, Cledus socializing, and various people transforming into alternate (usually intoxicated or "country") versions of themselves whenever a glass passes in front of the camera. At the end, just as Cledus is about to kiss a beautiful woman, he finds himself back in his kitchen, alone, and frantically opens more beers to "get the magic back."

Chart performance[edit]

Jim Ed Brown[edit]

"Pop a Top" debuted at number 71 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles for the week of May 20, 1967.

Chart (1967) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 3

Alan Jackson[edit]

"Pop a Top" debuted at number 49 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of October 9, 1999.

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 43
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 51

Drinking Game[edit]

"Pop a Top" is a popular drinking game in the American south. In this game, the song is played as a cue to tell players when to drink. When the lyric "pop a top, again" is sung, the player must then open and drink a beer before then next time the lyric repeats. When played to completion, the player will consume three beers during the course of the song.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Jim Ed Brown – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jim Ed Brown.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 10004." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 20, 1999. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Alan Jackson.
  5. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  6. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 

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