Every celebrated artist in the music industry has their breakthrough hit. For country legend and Grand Ole Opry member, Jim Ed Brown, it’s the song “Pop a Top” that made his entry to country music with a bang. His unique talent stood out with this beer-drinking song. Prior to this, Brown had found success performing with her sisters in The Browns. But, he was at his best when he went on singing as a solo artist. His version of the song has opened for him the gates to greater opportunities. And while he scored many more hits through the 1970s and 1980s, “Pop a Top” remained as Brown’s signature song.
The track was recorded as the third and final single from Brown’s 1967 album, Just Jim. It reached No. 3 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart giving Brown his first major hit. This beer-drinking anthem of Brown embodies his being a true country star. The tune features a “pop-top” sound which can be heard throughout the song. Such a sound was indeed attention-grabbing and displays uniqueness.
About the Song
The song was conceived in 1966 by Nat Stuckey. After composing the tune, Stuckey went on recording it. A year later, it skyrocketed to success with Brown’s cover. This fun and memorable song portrays a plaintive bar patron who favored to soak up his grief in beer than getting home and just remember his heartbreak. What makes the song fun was the “pop-top” sound of a metal can that’s being opened. That was a novelty element and a significant factor ever created and used in a song.
In 1999, Alan Jackson has revived the song and exposed it to a whole new generation of country fans. The lead-off single from his album, Under the Influence, “Pop a Top,” peaked at No. 6 on the Hot Country Songs chart. In Canada, the song is even more popular almost hitting the top of the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It rested on the chart’s second spot.
Watch Alan Jackson’s version of the song below.
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