Aaron Tippin performs his signature song "You've Got to Stand for Something"

Country music hitmaker Aaron Tippin performs his signature song "You've Got to Stand for Something"

"You've Got to Stand for Something" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Aaron Tippin. It was released in October 1990 as his debut single and the title track to his album You've Got to Stand for Something. It reached the top ten on the country singles chart in early 1991. Tippin wrote the song with Buddy Brock.

 

"You've Got to Stand for Something" is a mid-tempo, exemplifying the patriotic blue collar themes that would show up in many of his later songs as well. In it, the narrator recalls the life lessons taught to him by his father, who told him that he should stand up for his moral convictions.

 

In 1990, comedian Bob Hope heard Tippin perform the song, and invited Tippin to sing it on his USO tour for soldiers who were serving in the Gulf War at the time.

 

 

This was his first music video and was directed by Bing Sokolsky and premiered in early 1991.

 

Aaron Tippin's traditional sound and focus on working-class themes made him one of the most popular acts of the 1990s. Tippin's major career hits include "Kiss This," "My Blue Angel," "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio," "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly," "Working Man's Ph.D.," and "You've Got to Stand for Something."

 

In 2015, Tippin celebrated 25 years in the music business and released Aaron Tippin 25, a two-disc collection of 25 songs that includes 10 freshly recorded versions of his biggest career hits, as well as 15 brand new songs. The album is available for purchase at aarontippin.com and iTunes.  

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