Alright (Darius Rucker song)

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"Alright"
Single by Darius Rucker
from the album Learn to Live
Released April 20, 2009
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:51
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Frank Rogers
Darius Rucker
Producer(s) Frank Rogers
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Darius Rucker singles chronology
"It Won't Be Like This for Long"
(2008)
"Alright"
(2009)
"History in the Making"
(2009)
Music video
"Alright" on Vevo.com

"Alright" is a song co-written and recorded by American singer Darius Rucker, lead vocalist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. It was released in April 2009 as the third single from his first country music album Learn to Live. Rucker co-wrote the song with producer Frank Rogers.

Content[edit]

"Alright" is a mid-tempo in which the male narrator lists off the various pleasantries that he does not need, such as fancy food and wine. He then lists off what he does have, and says that he is "alright" because of it. Rucker wrote the song with Frank Rogers, who produced the album. The two had already written the song "All I Want," in which the divorced narrator wishes to be left alone; after writing that song, Rucker decided to invert the theme and write a song about a man who is happily married.[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song debuted in June 2009. It is directed by Wayne Isham, who directed the videos for Rucker's previous two singles as well. The video was voted in #34 on GAC's Top 50 Videos of the Year list.

Critical reception[edit]

Dan Milliken of Country Universe gave the song a D rating. He criticized the song's theme, which he considered highly overused and "dumbed-down", but added that Rucker's vocals showed a sense of personality.[2] Engine 145 reviewer Karlie Justus gave a thumbs-down rating, saying that the song is "a peppy piece of commercial fluff that will fare well on country radio. Unfortunately, despite the pervasive steel guitar, [Capitol Records executive Mike] Dungan is correct—it's a lot more Hootie and a lot less Haggard."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"Alright" debuted at numbier 56 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the chart week of April 25, 2009. The song entered the Top 40 in its third chart week. The song has become Rucker's third consecutive Number 1 single on the country charts, as well as third consecutive solo Top 40 pop hit. With its ascent to Number 1, Rucker has become the first country music singer since Wynonna Judd to send his or her first three singles to the top of the country charts.[4] It has sold 1,197,000 copies in the US as of May 2013.[5]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 30
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 61

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 8

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States Platinum[10]
Preceded by
"People Are Crazy"
by Billy Currington
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

August 15, 2009
Succeeded by
"You Belong with Me"
by Taylor Swift

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conaway, Alanna (2009-09-07). "Story Behind the Song: "Opposite" Song Delivers Smash". Country Weekly 16 (30): 21. 
  2. ^ Milliken, Dan (2009-04-09). "Darius Rucker - "Alright"". Country Universe. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  3. ^ Justus, Karlie (2009-05-20). "Darius Rucker - "Alright"". Engine 145. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  4. ^ Trust, Gary (2009-08-05). "Chart Beat: Darius Rucker, Mariah Carey, Brad Paisley, Wilco". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  5. ^ Paul Grein (May 8, 2013). "Week Ending May 5, 2013. Songs: Macklemore Pulls A Gaga". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Darius Rucker Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Darius Rucker.
  7. ^ "Darius Rucker Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Darius Rucker.
  8. ^ "Darius Rucker Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Darius Rucker.
  9. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Darius Rucker – Alright". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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