Chattahoochee (song)

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Single by Alan Jackson
from the album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)
B-side"I Don't Need the Booze (To Get a Buzz On)"
ReleasedMay 17, 1993
Length2:27 (album version)
3:56 (extended mix)
4:06 (extended remix)
3:06 (Remix)
LabelArista Nashville 20962
Songwriter(s)Alan Jackson
Jim McBride
Producer(s)Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Tonight I Climbed the Wall"
"Mercury Blues"

"Chattahoochee" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in May 1993 as the third single from his album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love). The album is named for a line in the song itself. Jackson wrote the song with Jim McBride.

"Chattahoochee" also received CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

Alan Jackson talks about the song in the liner notes for his 1995 compilation album, The Greatest Hits Collection: "Jim McBride and I were trying to write an up-tempo song and Jim came in with the line 'way down yonder on the Chattahoochee'. It kind of went from there. It's a song about having fun, growing up, and coming of age in a small town - which really applies to anyone across the country, not just by the Chattahoochee. We never thought it would be as big as it's become."[2]


The song is uptempo and talks about growing up and falling in love along the Chattahoochee River that flows from northern Georgia and forms part of the borders that Georgia shares with Alabama and Florida.

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that the song could have performed well because it "looked back on the innocence of adolescence with bemusement and fondness for that transitional period of life."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Martin Kahan, premiered in May 1993, and uses the Extended Remix of the song. The video is remembered for Jackson water-skiing in his red cowboy boots and red life vest.

Chart performance[edit]

"Chattahoochee" debuted at #72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 15, 1993. It also peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Jackson's first Hot 100 entry. It was certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 46
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 8
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] 3× Platinum 3,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Alan Jackson Biography". Archived from the original on 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2007-08-07.
  2. ^ The Greatest Hits Collection (CD). Alan Jackson. Arista Records. 1995. 07822 18801.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ Archived 2020-11-30 at the Wayback Machine Song review
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2198." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 7, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Alan Jackson Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Alan Jackson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Archived from the original on February 9, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Alan Jackson – Chattahoochee". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 22, 2023.