Wanted (Alan Jackson song)

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Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Here in the Real World
B-side"Dog River Blues"
ReleasedMay 28, 1990
7" 45 RPM
Promo-only CD single
RecordedJune 26, 1989[1]
LabelArista 2032
Songwriter(s)Alan Jackson
Charlie Craig
Producer(s)Scott Hendricks
Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Here in the Real World"
"Chasin' That Neon Rainbow"

"Wanted" is a song written by American country music artist Alan Jackson and Charlie Craig, and recorded by Jackson. It was released in May 1990 as the third single from Jackson's first album, Here in the Real World, the song peaked at number 3 on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart.

Background and writing[edit]

The front cover resembles a western "wanted" poster. Jackson was inspired to write the song after seeing a wanted poster in an old John Wayne movie.[1]


The song is a mid-tempo ballad in which the male narrator decides to place a classified ad to describe what he wants from a lover: "Wanted, one good hearted woman / To forgive imperfection / In the man that she loves".

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B- grade," saying that the song contains "heartfelt vocal and sincere delivery." He goes on to say that "if a lesser singer was at the mic, the sheer implausibility of the lyric would be nakedly evident, but Jackson will have you looking in the classified section, expecting the chorus to be there."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Bing Sokolsky and premiered in mid-1990.

Peak chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 33
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 30


  1. ^ a b The Greatest Hits Collection (CD). Alan Jackson. Arista Records. 1995. 07822 18801.
  2. ^ CountryUniverse.net Review by Kevin John Coyne
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1332." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 8, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alan Jackson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.

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