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The Throwback: June 1st

Number Ones on this day: June 1st

June 1st: 2007- Billy Currington: Good Directions

On June 1st, 2007, Good Directions by Billy Currington was the number one song in country music. The song was written by Luke Bryan and Rachel Thibodeau. Luke Bryan also recorded the song, but kept it as a bonus track on his debut album, I’ll Stay Me. Good Directions is a feel good tune that sounds like it is the script from a Hallmark movie. A city girl rolls through town asking for directions to the interstate. The man selling turnip greens gives her directions, which includes stopping for Miss Belle’s sweet tea. The girl leaves and eventually returns after his momma (Miss Belle) sends her back. Ah, small town love! The song stayed at the top of the charts for three weeks.


June 1: 2002- Alan Jackson: Drive (For Daddy Gene)

On June 1st, 2002, Drive (For Daddy Gene) by Alan Jackson was the number one song in country music. Alan Jackson wrote and recorded this song as a dedication to his father, Eugene Jackson, who had passed away two years earlier. The song reminisces on memories of learning to drive with his father in their fixed up truck, as well as their boat on the lake. The song ends with Alan singing about driving with his own daughters on their land, which brings the story full circle and pulls on daddy’s and daughters’ heartstrings everywhere.

On a personal note, you’ll quickly find out through this blog that Alan Jackson is both mine and my husband’s favorite artist of all time. This song in particular brings tears to my eyes every time we see Alan in concert!


June 1, 1991- Diamond Rio: Meet In The Middle

In June 1991, Diamond Rio’s Meet In The Middle was the number one song in country music. The song was Diamond Rio’s first single, and made them the first country music band in history to have a debut single reach number one. It was written by Don Pfrimmer, Chapin Hartford, and Jim Foster. It is a song that starts out on a more literal note with two friends meeting in the middle between their houses, and grows into a love that thrives on compromise and meeting in the middle to grow and work things out. For a debut single, this song has stood the test of time as it is still played by people young and old.


Other notable number ones in June:

2017: Sam Hunt: Body Like a Back Road

2014: Luke Bryan: Play It Again

2008: Brad Paisley: I’m Still A Guy

2005: Keith Urban: Making Memories Of Us

2004: Gretchen Wilson: Redneck Woman

1996: Brooks & Dunn: My Maria

1992: Billy Ray Cyrus: Achy Breaky Heart


Which number one listed is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Emily S
Emily S
Jun 01, 2021

I love all of these, but Drive is my favorite! It makes me tear up every time I hear it. Such a perfectly written song!


I would say Alan Jackson's "Drive" is my favorite from the list. I still remember before school (elementary school) I would watch CMT music videos. I hadn't watched the Drive music video since then but I still remember it vividly! It does bring tears to my eyes imagining Mike teaching Sadie to drive an old jeep across the pasture at our home :)


Jennifer Hunter
Jennifer Hunter
Jun 01, 2021

Alan Jackson Drive!! The BEST!!

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