Burned Like a Rocket

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"Burned Like a Rocket"
Single by Billy Joe Royal
from the album Looking Ahead
Released 1985
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:38
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Gary Burr
Producer(s) Nelson Larkin
Billy Joe Royal singles chronology
"Under the Boardwalk"
"Burned Like a Rocket"
"I Miss You Already"

"Burned Like a Rocket" is a song written by Gary Burr, and recorded by American country music artist Billy Joe Royal. It was released in 1985 as the first single from the album Looking Ahead. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was Royal's first Top 10 hit on that chart,[1] and his first charting single overall since 1978.

Atlantic Records withdrew the single after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in January 1986.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985-1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 10


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 302. 
  2. ^ Peppiatt, Francesca. Country Music’s Most Wanted. 

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