17 Years Ago: Mark Wills Releases “19 Somethin'”
"It was 19-80 somethin', in the world that I grew up in."
C'mon, this song is a classic! It was exactly 17 years ago that "19 Somethin'" by Mark Wills was released to country radio. The song ended up becoming a gigantic hit, reaching number one by the start of 2003. It spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
"19 Somethin'" also finished number two on Billboard's biggest hits of the decade list for country, making it the second-most heard song on country radio from 2000-2009, only coming behind "Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban.
Written by David Lee and Chris DuBois, the song was the first of two new singles off Mark's Greatest Hits album. The other single was "When You Think of Me" (#24 in 2003).
Mark Wills had eight top 10 hits over the course of his career, but none were bigger than "19 Somethin'." The song was one of the defining hits of the decade in country music and it related to nearly EVERYONE, who heard it. That's what country music is, being able to relate to a song so well.