Jake Owen Lands at No. 1 with “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)”

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Jake Owen returns to the top of the country charts with his latest single, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane).” The song hit No. 1 this week on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase country airplay charts.

The song marks Jake’s first single for Big Loud Records, which he signed with last year. “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” is also the fastest rising single of Jake’s career and seventh No. 1 hit.

“From the fans, to radio, to my record label friends and family,.. to my band and crew and management… the super talented songwriters that have graciously given me great songs through the years, and oh yeah.. and my bus driver Mike, who drives me all over this country… THANK YOU!!” Jake writes on Instagram. “I can’t express that enough. 12 years later, on this beautiful Sunday morning, I have the #1 song on Country Radio. It’s my 7th. Lucky number 7.”

12 years ago, this week,…I was 24 years old and my first album came out. It was called “Startin’ With Me.” I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was excited to just hop on this train of “life” and see where it led me. Of course I had dreams, goals, aspirations… but a man can only do so much on his own. In those 12 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some unbelievably talented people that worked tirelessly to help mold and guide my career. From the fans, to radio, to my record label friends and family,.. to my band and crew and management… the super talented songwriters that have graciously given me great songs through the years, and oh yeah.. and my bus driver Mike, who drives me all over this country… THANK YOU!! I can’t express that enough. 12 years later, on this beautiful Sunday morning, I have the #1 song on Country Radio. It’s my 7th. Lucky number 7. Thank you @johnmellencamp for trusting us and allowing us to pay our respects to you and everything you’ve done to pave the way for so many of us in the music industry. I feel like I’m just getting started. I have a lot more left in my tank. Thanks to every one of you who’ve reached out to me and said congratulations. What a ride it’s been. I love ya. @bigloud @williammurraygolf 📸: @matthewpaskert

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He then thanked rock icon John Mellencamp for his seal of approval to record the song. “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” includes a sample of John’s 1982 staple, “Jack & Diane.”

“Thank you @johnmellencamp for trusting us and allowing us to pay our respects to you and everything you’ve done to pave the way for so many of us in the music industry,” he adds. “I feel like I’m just getting started. I have a lot more left in my tank. Thanks to every one of you who’ve reached out to me and said congratulations. What a ride it’s been. I love ya.”

“I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” is Jake’s first No. 1 single since 2016’s “American Country Love Song.” The singer’s year of touring continues as he is in the midst of his headlining Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour, which wraps in September.

Annie Reuter
Annie Reuter is a freelance journalist based in Nashville. When she's not covering the latest music news or interviewing countless country artists, she can be found at a writers round listening to the best up-and-coming songwriting talent Music City has to offer.