Day Drinking

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"Day Drinking"
Single by Little Big Town
from the album Pain Killer
Released June 9, 2014 (2014-06-09)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:02
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Karen Fairchild
Jimi Westbrook
Phillip Sweet
Troy Verges
Barry Dean
Producer(s) Jay Joyce
Little Big Town singles chronology
"Day Drinking"

"Day Drinking" is a song recorded by American country music group Little Big Town. It was released in June 2014 as the first single from their upcoming sixth studio album, Pain Killer. Little Big Town debuted the song on the CMT Music Awards on June 4, 2014.[1]


"Day Drinking" is a mid-tempo song about not wanting to wait until later or needing a reason to have some drinks, so the song's narrator suggests they do a little "day drinking." The song was written by three members of the band (Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook) with Barry Dean and Troy Verges. Of the song's inception, Fairchild said: "We didn't know it really, but with 'Day Drinking,' we had a blast that day because we were drinking and writing songs. We left it alone, then a couple of weeks later, Barry Dean and Troy Verges sent us a souped up work tape of what we had done. Then, we thought this is very fun and very cool."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock complimented the song's production, saying that it "benefit[s] from Joyce's strong guitar solo and percussive production tendencies which only enhance the summery good time vibes of the lyrics of 'Day Drinking.'"[3] Bob Paxman of Country Weekly highlighted the song's "first-rate production" and vocals. He awarded the song a B+ rating, saying that while "[it] will hardly be remembered for its depth, but like a vacation cruise, it’s the perfect summer getaway."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Day Drinking" made its premiere on June 25, 2014, courtesy of[5] It opens with the band members stuck in a traffic jam, before they get out of their vehicle, a red Cadillac convertible, and proceed to walk down the highway. Others follow suit and they all end up at a beach where fun festivities commence while alcohol beverages are consumed. Scenes for the video were shot in the Miami Beach, Florida area.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Day Drinking" debuted at number 32 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart and at number 22 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of June 21, 2014. It also debuted at number 87 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has sold 176,000 copies in the U.S as of July 2014.[6]

Chart (2014) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 85
Canada Country (Billboard)[8] 30
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 78
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 21
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 18


  1. ^ "Little Big Town To Release New Single "Day Drinking" To Country Radio". Country Music Rocks. May 27, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Chuck Dauphin (June 9, 2014). "Little Big Town's 'Drinking' Song Is the 'Tip of the Iceberg' for New Album". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Matt Bjorke (June 3, 2014). "Single Review: Little Big Town - Day Drinking". Roughstock. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bob Paxman (July 11, 2014). "“Day Drinking” by Little Big Town". Country Weekly. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Katie Kauss (June 26, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: Watch Little Big Town's New 'Day Drinking' Music Video". Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ Matt Bjorke (July 23, 2014). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles – July 23, 2014". Roughstock. 
  7. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Little Big Town.
  8. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Little Big Town.
  9. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Little Big Town.
  10. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Little Big Town.
  11. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Little Big Town.

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