Rewinding the Country Charts: In 2003, Mark Wills' Nostalgic '19 Somethin' ' Hit No. 1

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Mark Wills during 37th Academy of Country Music Awards - Audience and Backstage at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, Calif.

Wills' recollection of childhood in the '70s and '80s reigned for six weeks.

On Jan. 11, 2003, Mark Wills' "19 Somethin' " ascended 2-1 for its first of six weeks atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

The track was written by David Lee and Chris DuBois and released as one of two new songs on Wills' Greatest Hits album, along with the No. 28-peaking follow-up single "When You Think of Me."

"19 Somethin' " succeeded thanks to its upbeat hook and sentimental callback to simpler times, in the '70s and '80s, specifically. Among its pop culture shout-outs: Roger Staubach, Daisy Duke, Rubik's Cube and "big hair and parachute pants."

"Oh, man, did I look cheesy," Wills sings, "but I wouldn't trade those days for nothin'."

The single became Wills' second of two Hot Country Songs leaders, following "Wish You Were Here" in 1999. His 19 appearances include eight top 10s.

The Cleveland, Tennesse, native, 44, released his most recent album, Looking for America, in 2011 and continues to tour. On Dec. 15, he took to the Ryman Auditorium stage in Nashville for a multi-act Opry at the Ryman show with, among others, Ashley McBryde, Lorrie Morgan and Ricky Skaggs.


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