Drivin' My Life Away
|"Drivin' My Life Away"|
|Single by Eddie Rabbitt|
|from the album Horizon|
|Genre||Country, truck-driving country, pop|
|Eddie Rabbitt singles chronology|
"Drivin' My Life Away" is a the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Eddie Rabbitt. It was released in June 1980 as the first single from his album Horizon. It reached number one on the Hot Country Singles in 1980, and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Rabbitt, Even Stevens and David Malloy.
Although many of Rabbitt's successful songs were country-pop material, "Drivin' My Life Away" began his peak popularity as a crossover artist. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and set the stage for his biggest career hit: "I Love a Rainy Night," which reached the top on the country, Hot 100 and adult contemporary charts in early 1981. Two more crossover hits - "Step by Step" and "You and I" (the latter a duet with Crystal Gayle) - followed in 1981 and 1982.
On Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, it was his seventh out of 17 career chart toppers, spanning from 1976 through 1990.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks||1|
|Australian Kent Music Report||100|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||2|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||45|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||2|
|Dutch Top 40||27|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||22|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||3|
Rhett Akins cover
In 1998, country music artist Rhett Akins recorded a cover version of this song for the soundtrack to the 1998 movie Black Dog. This cover, released with Lee Ann Womack's "A Man with 18 Wheels" on the B-side, peaked at number 56 on the country music charts.
Chart performance (Rhett Akins version)
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||61|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||56|
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|Billboard Hot Country Singles
August 23, 1980
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