1982 (Randy Travis song)

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Single by Randy Travis
from the album Storms of Life
B-side "Reasons I Cheat"/"On the Other Hand"
Released 1985
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre Country
Length 2:58
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) James "Buddy" Blackmon
Carl "Vip" Vipperman
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Randy Travis singles chronology
"On the Other Hand"
"On the Other Hand"

"1982" is a song written by Buddy Blackmon and Vip Vipperman, and recorded by American country music singer Randy Travis. It was released in 1985 as the second single from his album Storms of Life. It peaked at number 6 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, and number 5 in Canada. According to the ASCAP, Garth Brooks has covered this song.[1]


The song's narrator recalls a time when his former lover was all his back in the year 1982. According to American Country Countdown (1986 airing, Clear Channel network), the original title of this song was "1962." However, Travis said that he didn't feel comfortable singing about a love that he lost when he was only a little over two years old. He and producer Kyle Lehning revised the lyric to refer to 1982, as they felt it was more believable because it would have only been four years before the time of the recording.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985-1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 6
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 5


  1. ^ [1] ASCAP list of songs performed by Garth Brooks. Accessed 2009-06-06. Archived 2009-06-09.