November 22, 2010
Sony Music
Country, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, New Traditionalist

Album Review

The 20-year anniversary of Alan Jackson’s first Top Ten hit is the perfect occasion to release a collection like 34 Number Ones, a double-disc set rounding up the great majority of his blockbusters. Technically, the title bends the truth a bit and not just because three of the cuts -- “Ring of Fire,” “Look at Me,” and the Zac Brown Band duet “As She’s Walking Away” -- are new. “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Here in the Real World,” “Tonight I Climbed the Wall,” “(Who Says) You Can’t Have It All,” and “Who’s Cheatin’ Who” never topped the Billboard charts but a comprehensive Alan Jackson hits collection is unimaginable without them, so they’re here alongside all the number one hits from 1991 through 2008. Jackson certainly has more to offer than just number one singles -- his facility with slow-burning torch songs and gospel is absent here, as are several singles that never reached the upper echelon of the charts (“Pop a Top,” “The Talkin’ Song Repair Blues,” “USA Today,” “A Woman’s Love,” “www.memory,” “It’s Alright to Be a Redneck,” “When Somebody Loves You”) -- but by its very length 34 Number Ones is the first of his compilations to really suggest the depth and breadth of his body of work, and it’s a tremendously entertaining listen to boot.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Ring of Fire [#]
  2. Here in the Real World
  3. Wanted
  4. Chasin' That Neon Rainbow
  5. I'd Love You All Over Again
  6. Don't Rock the Jukebox
  7. Someday
  8. Dallas
  9. Midnight in Montgomery
  10. Love's Got a Hold on You
  11. She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)
  12. Tonight I Climbed the Wall
  13. Chattahoochee
  14. Who Says (You Can't Have It All)
  15. Summertime Blues
  16. Livin' on Love
  17. Gone Country
  18. I Don't Even Know Your Name
  19. Tall, Tall Trees
  20. As She's Walking Away
  21. Look at Me
  22. I'll Try
  23. Home
  24. Little Bitty
  25. Who's Cheatin' Who
  26. There Goes
  27. Between the Devil and Me
  28. Right on the Money
  29. It Must Be Love
  30. Where I Come From
  31. Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)
  32. Drive (For Daddy Gene)
  33. It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
  34. Remember When
  35. Small Town Southern Man
  36. Good Time
  37. Country Boy
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