When Alan Jackson first graced the country music scene in 1990, fame didn’t come easy. Despite his songs that mirror Clint Black’s honky-tonk affinity and Garth Brooks’ storytelling bent, his debut single failed to crack the Top 40. But things changed with the release of his follow-up single, “Here in the Real World.”
The song was actually the title track off his debut album, and it went on to rank No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart – making it his first Top 10 country hit and helped establish Jackson’s status as the original ’90s country star.
From that day forward, Jackson proved to be not just a great singer but also one of the brilliant Nashville songwriters. Other popular songs by Alan Jackson found in his debut album are “Blue Blooded Woman” and “I’d Love You All Over Again” – his first No. 1 hit on the country chart.
The Stark Distinctions Between Make-Believe And The Truth
Alan Jackson collaborated with songwriter Mark Irwin to write “Here in the Real World,” which tells the story of a man who noted the differences between a fanciful movie scenario and the real world. This includes how “heroes don’t die” and “Good always wins” in the movie, but in reality, it’s not that easy at all. One of the sad truths “is how the boy don’t always get the girl, here in the real world.”
The song was also covered by some of the most notable men in country music – these are Glen Campbell, George Jones, and Charley Pride.
You can listen to Alan Jackson’s “Here in the Real World” by playing the video below.