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"19 Somethin'"
Single by Mark Wills
from the album Greatest Hits
Released September 23, 2002 (2002-09-23)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:20
Label Mercury Nashville
Writer(s) David Lee, Chris DuBois
Producer Chris Lindsey, Mark Wills
Mark Wills singles chronology
"I'm Not Gonna Do Anything Without You"
(2002)
"19 Somethin'"
(2003)
"When You Think of Me"
(2003)

"19 Somethin'" is a song by American country music singer Mark Wills. The song was released in late 2002, and spent six weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart in early 2003. It also reached #23 on the Hot 100 chart and was the longer-lasting of Wills's Number One hits. The song would go on to become the #2 country song of the Decade on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart.

Contents

Content

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 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’").

Chart positions

Chart (2003) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 23
Preceded by
"She'll Leave You With a Smile"
by George Strait
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

January 11-February 15, 2003
Succeeded by
"The Baby"
by Blake Shelton

Personnel

According to liner notes.

Parody

  • 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.

References

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