It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

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"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
Alan Jackson IFOS cover.jpg
Single by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
from the album Greatest Hits Volume II
B-side "That'd Be Alright" [1]
ReleasedJune 2, 2003
RecordedMay 2003
Genre Country
Label Arista Nashville
Songwriter(s) Jim "Moose" Brown
Don Rollins
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"That'd Be Alright"
"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
"Remember When"
Jimmy Buffett singles chronology
"Far Side for the World"
"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
"Hey, Good Lookin'"

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" is a song performed by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, and written by Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins. It was released in June 2003 as the lead single from Jackson's 2003 compilation album Greatest Hits Volume II . It spent eight non-consecutive weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in summer of 2003. In addition, the song hit number 17 on the US Hot 100, making it the biggest pop hit for Jackson and the first top forty hit for Buffett since the 1970s. On November 5, 2003, it also won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year. The song became the #3 country song of the decade on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart.

Alan Jackson American country singer and songwriter

Alan Eugene Jackson is an American country singer and songwriter. He is known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own songs. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, two gospel albums and several compilations.

Jimmy Buffett American singer–songwriter and businessman

James William Buffett is an American musician, songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" lifestyle. Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett has recorded hit songs including "Margaritaville" and "Come Monday". He has a devoted base of fans known as "Parrotheads".

<i>Greatest Hits Volume II</i> (Alan Jackson album) 2003 greatest hits album by Alan Jackson

Greatest Hits Volume II, also known as Greatest Hits Volume II... and Some Other Stuff, is the third greatest hits compilation album by American country music artist Alan Jackson. The original version of this album was only available through December, 2003 and contained two discs: the first disc has 16 hits and two new cuts, while the second disc has eight album tracks. Subsequent releases contained only the first disc.



The title refers to a popular expression used to justify drinking at any time of day, given that somewhere in the world it's 5:00 p.m. (the end of the work day for a traditional "nine-to-five" worker). The narrator states that he hasn't had a day off in over a year and that he wants to leave work and relieve his stress by drinking alcohol. The lyrics include the phrase, "It's only half-past twelve but I don't care. It's five o'clock somewhere", which means that even though it is not five o'clock in the narrator's time zone, it must be in another part of the world. 5 p.m. is typically the start of 'Happy-Hour' at most restaurants and bars.

A time zone is a region of the globe that observes a uniform standard time for legal, commercial, and social purposes. Time zones tend to follow the boundaries of countries and their subdivisions because it is convenient for areas in close commercial or other communication to keep the same time.


Jim "Moose" Brown wrote "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" with Don Rollins. (This is not the same Don Rollins who wrote The Race Is On for George Jones in 1963.) Although Brown had several other cuts recorded by other artists, this song was the first to make the final cut of an album. The title lyric was inspired by a teacher who worked with Rollins. Brown recorded the demo and offered it to Kenny Chesney, who turned it down. It was then offered to Alan Jackson, who said that he was looking for a song that he could record as a duet with Jimmy Buffett. [2]

"The Race Is On" is a song written by Don Rollins and made a hit on the country music charts by George Jones and on the pop and easy listening charts by the unrelated Jack Jones. George's version was the first single released from his 1965 album of the same name. Released as a single in September 1964, it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1965. Jack's version topped Billboard's Easy Listening chart and reached number 15 on the Hot 100 the same year. The two recordings combined to reach number 12 on the Cashbox charts, which combined all covers of the same song in one listing and thus gave George Jones his only top-40 hit. The song uses thoroughbred horse racing as the metaphor for the singer's romantic relationships.

Kenny Chesney American country music singer/songwriter

Kenneth Arnold Chesney is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has recorded 20 albums, 14 of which have been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 29 of which have reached number one. Many of these have also charted within the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, making him one of the most successful crossover country artists. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Australian Adam Brand and the Outlaws covered the song on the 2016 album Adam Brand and the Outlaws .

Adam Brand (musician) Australian country music singer

Adam Brand is an Australian country musician. Brand released his debut album in 1997. He has since released 14 studio albums and has won 12 Country Music Awards of Australia.

<i>Adam Brand and the Outlaws</i> 2016 studio album by Adam Brand and the Outlaws

Adam Brand and the Outlaws is the thirteenth studio album by Australian recording artist Adam Brand; this one credited to Adam Brand and the Outlaws. The outlaws consists of Australian country musicians Drew McAlister, Travis Collins, Matt Cornell and Mike Carr. The album was released on 8 January 2016 and peaked at number 6 on the ARIA charts. The album was supported by a national tour commencing in Tamworth on 22 January 2016 and concluding in Rooty Hill on 19 March 2016. Additional festival dates were added with the group's last performance at the Deni Ute Muster in September 2016. The album spawned two singles; "Good Year for the Outlaw" and "I Fought the Law".

Music Video

The video for the song was directed by Trey Fanjoy. It was filmed at the Square Grouper Bar in Jupiter, Florida, which would eight years later serve as the location for the video for "Long Way to Go". It features Jackson performing on a yacht (which he actually owns) called Hullbilly, and later performing at the bar amidst several patrons. When Jimmy's chorus comes into play, Alan walks thru a door and joins Jimmy on stage at a large concert, which was filmed in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Trey Fanjoy is an American country music and pop music video director. Fanjoy has directed over 150 major label music videos. Her videos have appeared on CMT, VH1, GAC, The Nashville Network, CMT Canada, and MTV.

Long Way to Go may refer to:

Chart performance

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" debuted at number 31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of June 21, 2003. The song held the number 1 position for 7 consecutive weeks, falling to number 2 on the chart dated September 27, 2003 while Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin'" overtook it at number 1. On the following chart (October 4), Bentley's song fell, allowing "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" to return to number 1 for an eighth and final week. The song has sold 1,332,000 copies in the US as of April 2014. [3]

Dierks Bentley American country musician

Frederick Dierks Bentley is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2003, he signed to Capitol Nashville and released his eponymous debut album. Both it and its follow-up, 2005's Modern Day Drifter, are certified platinum in the United States. A third album, 2006's Long Trip Alone, is certified gold. It was followed in mid-2008 by a greatest hits package. His fourth album, Feel That Fire was released in February 2009. A bluegrass album, Up on the Ridge, was released on June 8, 2010; a sixth album, Home, followed in February 2012, as did a seventh one, Riser, in 2014. Bentley's eighth album, entitled Black, was released in May 2016. His ninth and most recent studio album, The Mountain, was released on June 8, 2018.

What Was I Thinkin 2003 single by Dierks Bentley

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Chart (2003)Peak
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard ) [4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 [5] 17

Year-end chart

Chart (2003)Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs4
U.S. Billboard Hot 10065

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