Anything Goes (Randy Houser song)

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"Anything Goes"
Single by Randy Houser
from the album Anything Goes
Released June 2, 2008 (2008-06-02)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:04
Label Universal South
Writer(s) Brice Long
John Wiggins
Producer(s) Cliff Audretch III
Mark Wright
Randy Houser singles chronology
"Anything Goes"
"Boots On"
Music video
"Anything Goes" at

"Anything Goes" is the title of a debut song written by Brice Long and John Wiggins, and recorded by American country music singer Randy Houser. It was released in May 2008 as the lead-off single and title track from his debut album Anything Goes.


"Anything Goes" is a mid-tempo ballad, mostly accompanied by piano and Hammond B-3 organ, with pedal steel guitar flourishes. In it, the narrator recalls a one-night stand with a woman whom he has met a bar. He states that he does not feel guilty about the encounter, because his lover has left him.

Music video[edit]

A music video was made for the song in October 2008. Directed by Vincenzo Giammanco, the video starts with Houser walking into a bar to drink a beer. Scenes also show him playing guitar in the bar. In the second verse of the song, Houser is seen sitting on a bed, with his one night stand still asleep. At the end of the video, Houser places his guitar into a fire.


The song has received mixed reception from music reviewers. Brady Vercher of The 9513, stated in his review of the album that Houser "showed a lot of promise" in this song.[1] He also described it as "similar in theme to Jamey Johnson's 'Mary Go Round', only from a slightly different perspective."[1] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described "Anything Goes" as "melodic and tightly constructed, but not quite memorable."[2] Allen Jacobs of Roughstock gave the song a mixed review, thinking that the verses "stumbled", but described Houser's vocal performance favorably.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"Anything Goes" was released in May 2008.[4] It debuted at #56 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart dated June 21, 2008. It reached its peak of #16 on the country chart dated December 6, 2008.

Chart (2008-2009) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 92
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 16


  1. ^ a b Vercher, Brady (2008-11-20). "Randy Houser - "Anything Goes"". The 9513. Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "Randy Houser - "Anything Goes" album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  3. ^ Jacobs, Allen. "Randy Houser - "Anything Goes" review". Roughstock. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  4. ^ "Randy Houser dishes out first single". Country Standard Time. 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Randy Houser. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  6. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Randy Houser. Retrieved January 31, 2011.

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