Jack & Diane is John Cougar Mellencamp’s biggest hit I guess and by many considered to be a classic rock song. I came to know John Cougar Mellencamp on his later album Scarecrow and therefore looked at the earlier work which led me to Jack & Diane. I like the lyrics for Jack & Diane taken place in the ‘heartland’ with ‘ chilli dogs’ and the young loving couple. Great song with a characteristic guitar intro and a classic rock song in my house!
For some unknown reason none of my friends are into John Cougar Mellencamps music. And when I try to describe it to them I always say something like “He is like Bruce Sprinsteen both in style and lyrics, classic rock and American living in the lyrics”. Is this fair to any of them? Probably not but the best I can do but still my friends say no thank you to John Cougar Mellencamp. Incredible to me.
Jack & Diane by John Cougar Mellencamp is from the album American Fool if you are into classic rock from the 1980s.
Highest chart position: US#1 and UK#25. The tough lineup at The Billboard Hot 100 chart as it looked in october 1982:
#1 John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack & Diane
#2 The Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
#3 Chicago – Hard To Say I’m Sorry
#4 The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
#5 Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now?