Who Sang It: Alan Jackson or Garth Brooks?


By: Stella Alexander

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About This Quiz

"Remember When" you had "Friends in Low Places?" When it comes to music genres, you'll always find special artists who are able to infuse the "classic" sound with a new one. 

Alan Jackson, a native Georgian, began his country music career in 1983. One of the best-selling country music artists, Jackson is well decorated in the industry. Not only is he a two-time Grammy Award winner, but he's also won 16 Country Music Awards and received a 2017 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Although Jackson might be one of the best-selling country music artists of all time, Garth Brooks is one of the best-selling artists, period. Born in Oklahoma, Brooks began his career in 1984. Since then, he has become the second best-selling albums artist in the world, second only to the Beatles. While Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks have received major popularity in the country music genre, their successful infusion of different sounds set them apart from their peers.

With the introduction of country music in the 1920s, the genre would take off. While artists like Alan Jackson introduced the 1940's honky tonk to country music, Garth Brooks took the 1955 creation of rock and roll and meshed it with his country sound. Their different sounds were the background for creative lyrics. Can you tell them apart? Let's find out if you can figure out who sang these lyrics!

"Blame it all on my roots / I showed up in boots / And ruined your black tie affair / The last one to know."

Possibly Garth Brooks' most popular song, "Friends in Low Places" was released on the 1990 album, "No Fences."


"Remember when I was young and so were you / And time stood still and love was all we knew."

"Remember When" is the 2003 song that appears on Alan Jackson's "Greatest Hits Volume II" album.


"If tomorrow never comes / Will she know how much I loved her / Did I try in every way to show her every day."

"If Tomorrow Never Comes" is the Garth Brooks song that was released on his 1989 self-titled album.


"Looking back on the memory of / The dance we shared beneath the stars above / For a moment all the world was right."

"The Dance" is a song by Garth Brooks that was released on his 1989 self-titled debut album.


"Down by the river on a Friday night / A pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight / Talking 'bout cars and dreaming 'bout women."

"Chattahoochee" was released on the 1993 Alan Jackson album, "A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love).


"Every light is burnin' / In a house across town / She's pacin' by the telephone / In her faded flannel gown."

"The Thunder Rolls" is the 1991 single from Garth Brooks' album, "No Fences."


"Two old people, without a thing / Children gone but still they sing / Side by side on that front porch swing / Livin' on love."

"Livin' on Love" is was a single that was released on Jackson's 1994 "Who I Am" album.


"And I'm standing here for all the world to see / Oh baby that's what's left of me / Don't have very far to fall."

"Shameless" was originally written and recorded by Billy Joel. Garth Brooks would cover the song for his 1991 album, "Ropin' the Wind."


"I went to work for her that summer / A teenage kid so far from home / She was a lonely widow woman / Hell-bent to make it on her own."

"That Summer" is a 1993 Garth Brooks song that appears on the album, "The Chase."


"You sure look good, sittin' in my right seat / Buckle up, I'll take you through the five speeds."

Alan Jackson released "Country Boy" on his 2008 album, "Good Time."


"Nine o'clock the show is ending / But the fun is just beginning / She knows he's anticipating."

"Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)" is a 1993 Garth Brooks song that was released on the album, "In Pieces."


"Pour me somethin' tall and strong / Make it a Hurricane before I go insane / It's only half-past twelve but I don't care."

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" was the leading single on Alan Jackson's 2003 compilation album, "Greatest Hits Volume II."


"Have a little love on a little honeymoon / You got a little dish and you got a little spoon / A little bitty house and a little bitty yard."

"Little Bitty" is a 1996 song released on Alan Jackson's fifth album, "Everything I Love."


"It's painted red, the stripe was white / It was 18 feet from the bow to the stern light / Secondhand​ from a dealer in Atlanta / I rode up with Daddy when he went there to get her."

"Drive" is a 2002 Alan Jackson single that was released on the album of the same name.


"We call them fools / Who have to dance within the flame / Who chance the sorrow and the shame / That always come with getting burned."

"Standing Outside the Fire" is a 1993 Garth Brooks song from the album, "In Pieces."


"I called the house but no one answered / For the last two weeks no one's been home / I guess she's through with me, to tell the truth I just can't see."

In 1989, Garth Brooks released "Much Too Young (To Feel This Dam Old)." The song appeared on his self-titled debut album.


"Well, the folk scene's dead, but he's holding out in the Village / He's been writing songs, speaking out against wealth and privilege."

In 1994, Alan Jackson released the single, "Gone Country," on his album, "Who I Am."


"A replay of last night's events / Roll through my mind / Except a scene or two / Erased by sweet red wine."

"Callin' Baton Rouge" is a 1994 Garth Brooks song featured on his "In Pieces" album.


"Mama was a looker / Lord, how she shined / Papa was a good'n / But the jealous kind / Papa loved Mama."

"Papa Loved Mama" is a 1992 Garth Brook's song featured on the album, "Ropin' the Wind."


"I gave you my love, but that wasn't enough / To hold your heart, when times got rough / And tonight on that silver screen / It'll end like it should."

In 1990, Alan Jackson released his debut album, "Here in the Real World," which features a song with the same title - the second single on the album.


"I'm gonna take two weeks, gonna have a vacation / I'm gonna take my problem to the united nation."

"Summertime Blues" is a song that was originally recorded by Eddie Cochran in 1958. Alan Jackson covered the song in 1994 and it appeared on his album, "Who I Am."


"Well it's bulls and blood / It's dust and mud / It's the roar of a Sunday crowd / It's the white in his knuckles."

Garth Brooks released the song, "Rodeo," in 1991 on the album, "Ropin' the Wind."


"She was the one that I'd wanted for all times / And each night I'd spend prayin' that God would make her mine."

"Unanswered Prayers" is a 1990 Garth Brooks song that was released on the album, "No Fences."


"Born the middle man / of a farmer / And a small town / Southern man."

"Small Town Southern Man" is a 2007 single by Alan Jackson. The song appeared on the album, "Good Time."


"Where were you when the world stopped turnin' / That September day? / Were you in the yard with your wife and children / Or workin' on some stage in L.A.?"

"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" is a single Alan Jackson released in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


"Work, work all week long / Punchin' that clock from dusk 'til dawn / Countin' the days '​til Friday night."

"Good Time" is a 2008 single by Alan Jackson that appears on the album of the same name.


"And I'll try to love only you / And I'll try my best to be true / Oh darling I'll try."

"I'll Try" is a single that appears on Alan Jackson's first compilation album, "The Greatest Hits Collection."


"Singin' in the bars and / Chasin' that neon rainbow / Livin' that honky tonk dream."

"Chasin' That Neon Rainbow" is a single that appears on Alan Jackson's 1990 album, "Here in the Real World."


"People say she's only in my head / It's gonna take time but I'll forget / They say I need to get on with my life / But they don't realize."

"More Than a Memory" is a single that was released on Garth Brooks' third compilation album, "The Ultimate Hits," which came out in 2007.


"Midnight in Montgomery / Silver Eagle, lonely road / I was on my way to Mobile / For a big New Year's Eve show."

"Midnight in Montgomery" is a 1992 single by Alan Jackson. The song appears on the album, "Don't Rock the Jukebox."


"He said I'm tellin' you / That science has proven / That heartaches are healed by the sea."

"Two Pina Coladas" is a single from Garth Brooks' 1998 album, "Sevens."


"When the last child cries for a crust of bread / When the last man dies for just words that he said / When there's shelter over the poorest head / We shall be free."

"We Shall Be Free" is a 1992 single by Garth Brooks that was released on the album, "The Chase."


"Precious father, loving mother / Fly across the lonely years / And old home scenes of my childhood / In fond memory appears."

"Precious Memories" is a single that was released on Alan Jackson's 2013 album, "Precious Memories Volume II."


"You know a dream is like a river / Ever changin' as it flows / And a dreamer's just a vessel / That must follow where it goes."

"The River" is a 1992 Garth Brooks song that was released on the album, "Ropin' the Wind."


"He's just a singer, a natural born guitar ringer / Kind of a clinger, to sad ole songs."

"The Blues Man" is the second single that was released on Alan Jackson's 1999 album, "Under the Influence."


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