“Pop A Top,” a song synonymous with Alan Jackson’s smooth vocals and relatable storytelling, has a history that stretches back further than its 1999 release. While Jackson’s version became a country hit, the song’s roots lie in the mid-60s with a different country music legend.

The original “Pop A Top” was released in 1967 by Jim Ed Brown. Brown’s version, the third and final single from his album “Just Jim,” climbed the Billboard country charts, peaking at number 3 later that year. The song established itself within the genre, likely due to its relatable theme of heartbreak delivered with a touch of humor.

Decades later, Alan Jackson, known for his traditional country sound and poignant lyrics, chose “Pop A Top” as the lead single for his 1999 album “Under the Influence.” Jackson’s rendition stays true to the original theme of a man drowning his sorrows, but injects his signature smooth vocals and a more polished production style.

“Pop A Top” stands out because it doesn’t take heartbreak at face value. The listener gets a glimpse into the protagonist’s attempt to mask his pain with a smile and a drink, creating a bittersweet and thought-provoking narrative. Jackson’s delivery adds a layer of sincerity, making the protagonist’s struggle all the more relatable.

So, as you listen to “Pop A Top,” take a moment to appreciate not only Alan Jackson’s interpretation, but also the song’s journey from a 1960s country hit to a modern classic.