American Honey

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"American Honey"
Single by Lady Antebellum
from the album Need You Now
Released January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)
Format CD single
Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:44
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Cary Barlowe
Hillary Lindsey
Shane Stevens
Producer(s) Lady Antebellum
Paul Worley
Lady Antebellum singles chronology
"Need You Now"
(2009)
"American Honey"
(2010)
"Our Kind of Love"
(2010)
Music video
"American Honey" on YouTube

"American Honey" is a song written by Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey and Shane Stevens, and recorded by American country music group Lady Antebellum. It was released on January 11, 2010 as the second single from their album Need You Now. The group's fifth single overall, it debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for January 2, 2010. The song is part of the track listing to Now That's What I Call Music! 34.

Content[edit]

The song's female narrator, lead singer Hillary Scott, states a desire to escape her adult lifestyle and return to her childhood, which is described in the lyrics as "American honey."[1] It is in D-flat major, with an approximate tempo of 84 beats per minute. The guitars use DADGAD or Celtic tuning decreased by a semitone, and the chords are in a pattern of D  - B m7 - G  - E m - D  on the verses, and G  - D  - B m7 - A  three times on the chorus.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mainly negative reviews. Matt Bjorke of Roughstock stated that "after one listen [he doesn't] see how this single can fail," but criticized the production by saying that he thought the drum machine was too loud.[1] Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a D rating, saying that the "song isn't sung well" and "certainly not interesting enough to warrant suffering through the painful mediocrity of the lead vocal."[3] Engine 145 reviewer Blake Boldt gave it a thumbs-down, referring to the lyric as "a lazy depiction of a chaste young lass chasing after a fuzzy memory" and calling Scott's vocal "sad and pensive and the slightest bit off-pitch against a distracting drumbeat."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"American Honey" debuted at #47 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of January 2, 2010, before its initial release date of January 11, 2010.[5][6] It has also become their third #1 hit, as well as their third consecutive. It has been certified platinum for sales exceeding 1,000,000 units.[7]

Preceded by
"Highway 20 Ride"
by Zac Brown Band
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

April 24-May 1, 2010
Succeeded by
"Gimmie That Girl"
by Joe Nichols

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lady Antebellum American Honey". Roughstock. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  2. ^ ""American Honey" sheet music". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Review of American Honey". Country Universe. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Boldt, Blake (2010-01-18). "Lady Antebellum — "American Honey"". Engine 145. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Chart Highlights: Country, Dance/Club Play Songs & More". Billboard (magazine). Archived from the original on 18 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  6. ^ "Single Releases : MusicRow". MusicRow. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  7. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  8. ^ "Lady Antebellum Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Lady Antebellum.
  9. ^ "Lady Antebellum Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Lady Antebellum.
  10. ^ "Lady Antebellum Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Lady Antebellum.
  11. ^ "2010 Year-End Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  12. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Archived from the original on 11 December 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 

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