“I’ll Try”, a song written and recorded by Alan Jackson for the Arista label, on May 31, 1995, at Castle Recording Studio, 1393 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN. In the same session, “Tall, tall trees” was also recorded. The song was released on January 1, 1996, and produced by Keith Stegall. On March 9, 1996, it reached # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, and remained a total of 20 weeks on the charts. On the Canada Country Tracks charts, it peaked at # 5. It was the thirteenth number one in Alan Jackson’s career.
The song was included on Alan Jackson’s first compilation album, The Greatest Hits Collection (Arista 1995), the album was released on October 24, 1995, and reached # 1 on the US Top Country Albums charts, at 11 In November 1995, and spent a total of 118 weeks on the charts. It also reached # 1 on the Canadian Country Albums charts. The album was certified 6 × Platinum in the USA and 4 × Platinum in Canada.
An honest love song, “I’ll try” eschews the catchy optimism that filled many mid-nineties ballads and instead focuses on a more realistic promise, without promising the impossible and touching the ground with the feet. “I’ll try to love only you” , Jackson sings during the chorus, promising his wife not the moon, but a simple attempt to do everything possible to make it all right.