Throwback Jam: “What She’s Doing Now”

We’re going all the way back to this day, March 7, in 1992 to find that the number one song in country music was Garth Brook’s “What She’s Doing Now.” It would be the last of four weeks spent on the top of the country charts.

The song was written by Pat Alger who also wrote some of Brooks’ other top hits including “Unanswered Prayers,” “The Thunder Rolls,” and “That Summer.” The song tells the story of the emotion a guy still feels when he thinks about a former love. They’ve both moved on and are living their lives but he really has no idea what she’s doing. The only thing he knows for sure is that she still has a special place in his heart and it’s driving him crazy.

In his Greatist Hits album insert Brooks describes how the song came to be.

“What She’s Doing Now” was an idea I had a long, long time about a man wondering what a woman was doing. And it was very simple. What is she doing now? Is she hanging out the clothes? Is she running a business? Is she a mother? Is she married? Who is she with? When I told the idea to Pat Alger, he looked at me with a smile and said, ‘I wonder if she knows what she’s doing now to me?’ When I heard that, the bumps went over my arms and the back of my neck, and I knew that he had something.