Drunk on a Plane

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"Drunk on a Plane"
Single by Dierks Bentley
from the album Riser
Released April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 4:14
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer(s) Ross Copperman
Dierks Bentley singles chronology
"I Hold On"
"Drunk on a Plane"

"Drunk on a Plane" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Dierks Bentley. It is the third single from his 2014 album Riser.


The song is an up-tempo about a man who is left behind at the altar and takes a trip to Cancún by himself after he is unable to refund the airplane tickets he had purchased for a honeymoon. While on the airplane, the narrator becomes intoxicated and parties with the other passengers.[1] Bentley told Country Standard Time, "It's a fun song, but when you really listen, there's also an underlying lonesomeness, which is what makes it different than a lot of the other uptempo songs I've put out."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Bob Paxman of Country Weekly rated the song "A", saying, "The song has a particular smartness about it, which sets this apart from the sundry drinking songs that inundate our space…'Drunk on a Plane' captures a sky-high party atmosphere while giving off a melancholy feel at the same time, a difficult maneuver that's pulled off nicely."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

Aside from receiving strong critical acclaim, "Drunk on a Plane" is a commercial success as well. As of July 23, 2014, the song has sold 616,000 copies in the United States,[3]is Bentley's 18th career single to peak in the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay chart and has been certified Gold by the RIAA.[4]

Music video[edit]

In the music video, Bentley plays both himself and an airline pilot. According to Country Weekly, "musician Dierks (who is a real-life pilot) has to save the day when the craft is plummeting toward the ground."[5] Wes Edwards directed the video.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 35
Canada Country (Billboard)[8] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 27
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 4
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 3


  1. ^ a b Paxman, Bob (2 June 2014). "Dierks Bentley — 'Drunk on a Plane'". Country Weekly 21 (22): 66. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  2. ^ "Bentley gets "Drunk on a Plane"". Country Standard Time. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Matt Bjorke (July 23, 2014). "Country Chart News: The Top 30 Digital Singles For July 23, 2014". Roughstock. 
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Dierks Bentley – Drunk on a Plane". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ "Dierks Bentley Saves the Day in "Drunk on a Plane" Video". Country Weekly. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Drunk on a Plane' video". Country Music Television. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Dierks Bentley.
  8. ^ "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Dierks Bentley.
  9. ^ "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Dierks Bentley.
  10. ^ "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Dierks Bentley.
  11. ^ "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dierks Bentley.