Alan Jackson Shares the Intimate Source of Inspiration for "Remember When"
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Alan Jackson Shares the Intimate Source of Inspiration for “Remember When”


Alan Jackson recently celebrated a special milestone as his classic hit, “Remember When,” hit the impressive 20-year mark in 2023. Considered by many as one of the all-time greats in country love songs, Alan penned this heartfelt gem on his own, releasing it as the final single on his compilation album, Greatest Hits Volume II.

The song beautifully encapsulates Alan’s reflections on life alongside his high school sweetheart-turned-wife, Denise. Their love story kicked off during their high school days, and they sealed the deal on December 15, 1979. Throughout the years, their family expanded to include three lovely daughters: Mattie, Ali, and Dani. And now, there’s a bundle of joy in the form of Ali’s son, little Jackson.


“Remember When” serves as Alan poetic journey through the memories he and Denise have woven together. The lyrics gracefully dance between reminiscing about the past and eagerly anticipating the future, highlighting the enduring strength of their love. The poignant lines, “Remember when thirty seemed so old. Now lookin’ back, it’s just a steppin’ stone…to where we are, where we’ve been. Said we’d do it all again. Remember when,” beautifully encapsulate the song’s genuine and heartfelt message.

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Adding a personal touch, Denise herself makes a heartwarming appearance in the official music video for “Remember When,” solidifying the song’s deep connection to the real and authentic moments of Alan’s life.

Alan Jackson – Remember When (Official HD Video)

Alan Explains How “Remember When” Was Inspired by His Marriage


In 2023, we’re commemorating the 20-year milestone since the release of “Remember When.” To mark this significant occasion, Alan took to social media and shared a heartfelt video delving into the song’s origins.

In the video, a nostalgic photo of a young Alan and Denise sets the backdrop as Alan narrates, “Denise and I met as kids, and all that’s true. And most of that is just reflections of our life, and some of it looking ahead.”

While “Remember When” was born out of Alan’s deep love for Denise, its universal appeal touched the hearts of thousands. The song soared to the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart and secured the 29th position on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.

Alan reflects on the widespread resonance of the song in the anniversary clip, sharing, “I’ve had so many comments saying, ‘That’s one of my favorite songs,’ or ‘That’s our song,’” Alan said in the clip celebrating the song’s anniversary. “I have so many couples come up and say, ‘That’s our song.’…It connected with a certain audience, I guess.”

For those curious about the history behind “Remember When,” Alan Jackson invites them to listen to his insights in the clip below. It’s not just a song; it’s a timeless message that has etched itself into the hearts of country fans, creating a memory that will endure forever.

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