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12 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Hits No. 1 With ‘The Good Stuff’

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12 years ago today, on July 27, 2002, Kenny Chesney added another No. 1 hit to his growing list of good stuff that was happening in his career. It was on this day that the singer soared to the top of the charts with his song, ‘The Good Stuff,’ where it held reign for seven straight weeks.

The song, which was the second single from his multi-platinum ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems’ album, was written by veteran tunesmiths Craig Wiseman and Jim Collins. Explaining in the mid-tempo song that the “good stuff” is “the first long kiss on a second date” and “the way that she looks with the rice in her hair / Eatin’ burnt suppers the whole first year,” the tune, especially the lines, “Spent five years in the bottle / When the cancer took her from me / But I’ve been sober three years now / ‘Cause the one thing stronger than the whiskey,” was based on a tragic, true story.

“The security guard where we were writing that day, Rusty Martin, was a friend of ours. He had lost his wife to cancer,” Wiseman recalls to The Boot. “In fact, he had moved up [to Nashville] because of that. Jim and I were just about to write another song. We were talking about what if you just sat there and watched your wife die. We both just sat there and were sort of stunned for a minute. We said, ‘OK, let’s get a cup of coffee and write a song!’”

‘The Good Stuff,’ which also reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was the No. 1 country music single for 2002 as well. The single earned Chesney an ACM Award for Single of the Year, and also helped him earn Top Male Vocalist.

Chesney included the song on his 2009 ‘Greatest Hits II’ album. Download the single here.

Next: The Top 10 Kenny Chesney Songs

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