John Anderson began releasing songs in 1975. Since then, John Anderson has released a total of twenty studio albums. Moreover, Anderson was able to chart a total of fifty-eight singles on the chart. Of his fifty-eight songs, five of it made it to number one on the chart.

Today, we are going to take a look on Anderson’s first number one song that entered the Billboard country chart. John Anderson’s first song to reach the country chart was “Wild and Blue.” His song entered the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1982. Moreover, it entered the Canadian chart at number 15.

The Album

John Anderson’s song “Wild and Blue” was the lead single from the same-titled album. Wild & Blue was Anderson’s first album to enter the top ten of the chart. Wild & Blue reached number three on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. In addition, it landed at number fifty-eight on the Billboard 200 chart. Anderson’s album was also certified gold by RIAA.

Wild & Blue has three singles that entered the chart. “Wild and Blue” and “Swingin'” were two of his singles that reached number one, while “Goin’ Down Hill” secured the fifth position on the Billboard Country chart. Aside from entering the US Billboard chart, three of his singles were able to enter the Canadian chart. Moreover, “Swingin'” was also able to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number forty-three.

The Making of the Song

“Wild and Blue” is a country song written by John Scott Sherrill in 1982. The song was Sherrill’s first song to enter the top of the Billboard country chart. He said that the inspiration behind his song came from a girl he was dating after he and his wife separated. He said that the girl has a wild personality who can party for a long time. Sherrill also worked with other artists, such as Jimmy Buffet, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Josh Turner, Kris Kristofferson, and many more.