7. Alan Jackson prefers the weepers.

Alan Jackson writes many of his own songs, and admits he prefers the sad ones. "They make much better records, usually, to me," he says. "The sad part about the sad songs is it's harder to get ‘em played out there! But also, I think about the people out there whose lives are already hard enough, trying to make a living. Everybody wants to hear something fun or that makes them feel good." Songs like 'Sissy's Song' and 'Where Were You' must make his day. In a way, they make ours, too.