Days of Gold (song)

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"Days of Gold"
Single by Jake Owen
from the album Days of Gold
Released August 12, 2013 (2013-08-12)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Jaren Johnston
Neil Mason
Producer(s) Joey Moi
Jake Owen singles chronology
"Anywhere with You"
"Days of Gold"

"Days of Gold" is a song written by Jaren Johnston and Neil Mason, two-thirds of the American country music group The Cadillac Three, and originally recorded by them on their 2013 self-titled debut album.[1] It was covered by American country music artist Jake Owen. It was released in August 2013 as the first single and title track from his fourth studio album Days of Gold.


The song is an up-tempo about a summer night which the narrator describes as "days of gold".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four and a half stars out of five, saying that "‘Days of Gold’ isn’t a song, it’s a statement. It’s a show-closer, and if Owen’s new album comes with songs that match this authority, he’ll be soon closing shows for much larger audiences."[3] Giving it an "A", Tammy Ragusa of Country Weekly said that it "has an in-your-face grit and texture that suits his natural vocal and endless energy." She also wrote that the lyrics are "less about a season and more an about an attitude" and "[take] a less overt approach while still staying true to a rural lifestyle."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Mason Dixon and premiered in September 2013.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"Days of Gold" debuted at number 48 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of August 17, 2013. It also debuted at number 37 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of August 24, 2013. It also debuted at number 91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of October 26, 2013.

Chart (2013) Peak
Canada Country (Billboard)[5] 28
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 83
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[7] 15
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[9] 71
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 81


  1. ^ "The Cadillac Three". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Ragusa, Tammy (30 September 2013). "Reviews: 'Days of Gold'". Country Weekly 20 (39): 51. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (July 24, 2013). "Jake Owen, ‘Days of Gold’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jake Owen : Days of Gold". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jake Owen Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Jake Owen.
  6. ^ "Jake Owen Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jake Owen.
  7. ^ "Jake Owen Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Jake Owen.
  8. ^ "Jake Owen Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jake Owen.
  9. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 16, 2013". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 16, 2013. p. 21. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.