|Single by Mark Wills|
|from the album Greatest Hits|
|B-side||"When You Think of Me"|
|Released||September 23, 2002|
|Mark Wills singles chronology|
"19 Somethin'" is a song written by David Lee and Chris DuBois, and recorded by American country music singer Mark Wills. It was released in September 2002 as the first single from his Greatest Hits compilation album. The song spent six weeks at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart in early 2003. It also reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was the longest-lasting of Wills's Number One hits. The song would go on to become the number two country song of the Decade on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart.
The song begins with singer's reminiscence of his formative years, the 1970s and 1980s. In the first verse and chorus, various 1970s-related bits of pop culture are referenced, such as Farrah Fawcett, eight track, and Stretch Armstrong; the first verse also mentions the videogame Pac-Man ("I had the Pac-Man pattern memorized"), which was actually released in 1980. The first chorus begins with the line "It was 1970-somethin' / In the world that I grew up in". Verse two, similarly, references 1980s pop culture, such as the Rubik's Cube, black Pontiac Trans Ams and MTV. The second chorus also begins with "It was 1980-somethin'".
In the song's bridge, the singer then expresses his desire to escape to his childhood years ("Now I've got a mortgage and an SUV / All this responsibility makes me wish sometimes / That it was 1980-somethin’").
An uncredited article in the Charlotte Observer said that the success of "19 Somethin'" was "doubly great" because it was a number-one single, and because it was an up-tempo, in comparison to the ballads that Wills had hits with earlier in his career, such as "Don't Laugh at Me" and "Wish You Were Here".
"19 Somethin'" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of October 5, 2002. It was his second number one, the first being "Wish You Were Here" in late 1999.
|US Billboard Hot 100||23|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||3|
According to liner notes.
- Tim Akers – keyboards
- J. T. Corenflos – electric guitar
- Eric Darken – percussion
- Aubrey Haynie – fiddle
- Wes Hightower – background vocals
- Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass guitar
- Biff Watson – acoustic guitar
- Mark Wills – lead vocals
- Lonnie Wilson – drums
- Country music parodist Cledus T. Judd parodied the song as "270 Somethin'" on his 2003 EP A Six Pack of Judd. Judd's parody tells of an obese person who loses weight.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 470–471. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
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- "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012.