Don't Close Your Eyes (song)

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"Don't Close Your Eyes"
Single by Keith Whitley
from the album Don't Close Your Eyes
Released March 1988
Format 7" single
Recorded 1987
Genre Country
Length 4:12
Label RCA
Writer(s) Bob McDill
Producer(s) Garth Fundis, Keith Whitley
Keith Whitley singles chronology
"Some Old Side Road"
"Don't Close Your Eyes"
"When You Say Nothing at All"

"Don't Close Your Eyes" is a song written by Bob McDill, and recorded by American country music artist Keith Whitley. It was released in March 1988 as third single from his album of the same name. It peaked at number-one in the United States, and number 2 in Canada. Additionally, it was Billboard's number-one country single of the year 1988.[1] The song was covered by Alan Jackson for Keith Whitley's 1995 tribute album, and by Kellie Pickler for the deluxe edition of her 2008 self-titled second album.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael McClary and premiered in mid-1988.

Chart positions[edit]

The song has sold 280,000 digital copies in the United States as of March 2014.[2]

Weekly chart[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Preceded by
"Baby Blue"
by George Strait
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

August 13, 1988
Succeeded by
"The Bluest Eyes in Texas"
by Restless Heart
Preceded by
"Give Me Wings"
by Michael Johnson
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"A Better Man"
by Clint Black


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 382. 
  2. ^ Matt Bjorke (March 12, 2014). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - March 12, 2014: Brantley Gilbert #1, Cassadee Pope & Cole Swindell Platinum". Roughstock.