Don't (Billy Currington song)

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"Don't"
Single by Billy Currington
from the album Little Bit of Everything
Released July 21, 2008
Format Digital download, CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:57
Label Mercury Nashville
Writer(s) Jim Beavers
Jonathan Singleton
Producer(s) Carson Chamberlain
Billy Currington singles chronology
"Tangled Up"
(2007)
"Don't"
(2008)
"People Are Crazy"
(2009)
Music video
"Don't" at CMT.com

"Don't" is a song written by Jim Beavers and Jonathan Singleton, and recorded by American country music artist Billy Currington. It was released in July 2008 as the first single from his album Little Bit of Everything. The song is Currington's fifth Top Ten entry on the Hot Country Songs charts, having entered Top Ten on the chart week of December 13, 2008.

The song is part of the tracklist for Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2.

Content[edit]

In the lyric, the male narrator asks that his lover stay with him after a sexual encounter the night before. Jonathan Singleton and Jim Beavers were inspired to write "Don't" after spending a day listening to R&B music. According to Country Weekly, Beavers "started it with the groove and vibe, which had the kind of sexy R&B feel to it, with the idea of a guy begging his girl not to leave."[1] Singleton said that he considered it "unusual" for the chorus to begin with "baby, baby, don't", and after realizing that the word "don't" appeared several times in the lyric, they decided to name the song "Don't".[1]

Currington recorded the song in one take. During the session, electric guitarist Brent Mason ad-libbed a "wah-wah" sound, which Currington asked to be left in the final recording.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described it as having a "sleek '80s sheen".[3] Jessica Phillips of Country Standard Time said that it had a "suggestive R&B strut and pleading chorus."[4]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by "The Brads", was shot in downtown Nashville. It shows Currington carrying two cups of coffee, one of which is intended for his female partner. Upon entering her apartment, he finds that she has left in a cab. He then runs down a fire escape and jumps into an alleyway, before driving off to catch up with the cab. Currington performed all of the video's stunts himself.[5]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008–09) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 52
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 91

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 43

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Conaway, Alanna (2009-04-27). "Story Behind the Song: "One Big Scene" Equals a Hit". Country Weekly 16 (11): 22. 
  2. ^ Shelburne, Craig (15 October 2008). "Billy Currington Takes It Easy With New Album". CMT. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Little Bit of Everything review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  4. ^ Phillips, Jessica. "Little Bit of Everything review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  5. ^ "Billy Currington Dives in on "Top 20"". Great American Country. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  6. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Billy Currington.
  7. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Billy Currington.
  8. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Billy Currington.
  9. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 

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