Five O'Clock Somewhere

Jimmy Buffett

About Five O'Clock Somewhere

"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. 

The sun is hot and that old clock is movin' slow,
An' so am I.
Work day passes like molasses in wintertime,
But it's July.

Jimmy Buffett

James William "Jimmy" Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is an American singer–songwriter, author, 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" (ranked 234th on the Recording Industry Association of America's list of "Songs of the Century") and "Come Monday". He has a devoted base of fans known as "Parrotheads". more »

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Written by: Don Rollins, Jim Brown

10 facts about this song

Release Date
"Five O'Clock Somewhere" was released on June 3, 2003, as the lead single from Alan Jackson's compilation album “Greatest Hits Volume II.”
Duet song
This song is a collaboration between country artist Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. While Jackson is typically associated with country music, Buffett is renowned for his island escapism lifestyle.
Chart Performance
Upon its release, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" became a hit and climbed up the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It reached the number one spot just five weeks after its release, making it one of the fastest-rising songs of Jackson's career.
In 2003, "Five O'Clock Somewhere" won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for "Vocal Event of the Year".
Song Length
The song has a length of approximately 3 minutes and 50 seconds, which is typical for a country song.
Song Inspiration
The song is known for its laid-back style and lyrics about wanting to leave work early and enjoy a drink because it's "five o’clock somewhere." This embodies Jimmy Buffett's beach-bum persona.
Music Video
The music video for the song features both Jackson and Buffett in different locations, living out the dream of leaving work early to go to an island bar.
Pop Culture Reference
Just like many other Jimmy Buffett's songs, "Five O'Clock Somewhere" has been widely used in pop culture, ranging from TV shows to films, typically defining the start of relaxation or vacation scenery.
Concert Staple
Both Buffett and Jackson have included this popular song in their concert setlists, often closing the shows with it. Fans look forward to singing along this number.
Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart
Despite primarily being a country hit, the song also crossed over to pop radio and reached number 17 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

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