Follow Me (Uncle Kracker song)

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"Follow Me"
Single by Uncle Kracker
from the album Double Wide
Released February 20, 2001 (2001-02-20)
Genre Country rock, pop rock
Length 3:35
Label Lava
Writer(s) Matthew Shafer, Michael Bradford
Producer(s) Kid Rock, Michael Bradford
Uncle Kracker singles chronology
"Follow Me"
(2001)
"Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
(2001)

"Follow Me" is a single by Uncle Kracker. It was released in 2001 and went to number one on the ARIA Charts in Australia, No.5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and is Uncle Kracker's highest charting song to date.[1] The single also reached #7 on the adult contemporary chart. In the United Kingdom, the song went to #3 on the UK Singles Chart in September 2001. Following the release of the album Double Wide on iTunes, the song re-entered the UK singles charts on 26 August 2012, at #64 and peaked at #44. Kracker uses Auto-Tune in the song. This song is also referenced in "Keep It Comin'" from his second album, No Stranger to Shame.

On some stations, like adult contemporary-formatted KVIL in Dallas, the entire 2nd verse is replaced with the first verse sung the 2nd time.

Meaning[edit]

The song can be interpreted as referencing drugs and/or extramarital sex, with some of its lyrics Since the song's debut these points have been widely disputed amongst Internet users and listeners alike, with mixed views abound. These elements have been affirmed by Uncle Kracker himself, where in a 2007 interview with MTV News[2] where he stated, in reference to the meaning of the song:

"It takes on a couple of different meanings. I've heard some people think that I'm talking about drugs, or some people think I'm talking about cheating. I guess it's kinda both. I would never want to say anything that would get myself in trouble, being married with a couple of kids. That song is like a dirty picture painted with a pretty brush."

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Nick Egan and premiered the week of November 20, 2000. It featured Mark McGrath, lead singer of Sugar Ray.

It is a popular belief that Cee Lo Green appears in the video. However, this is false. It is actually the co-writer and co-producer of this track Michael Bradford, who bears a passing resemblance to Green. Michael Bradford was also a member of Kid Rock's band at the time, where he played bass.

Appearances in popular media[edit]

This song was featured in the movies Coyote Ugly, 3000 Miles to Graceland, The Animal, The Blind Side and the TV series Roswell High.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2001) [3] Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 34
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart) [4] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 31
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norway (VG-lista) 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1
Switzerland (Swiss Music Charts) 3
UK Singles Chart 3
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Billboard Pop Songs 3
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 7
Chart (2012) [3] Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 46

Decade-end charts[edit]

(2000–2009) Position
German Singles Chart[5] 77

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon
ARIA (Australia) number-one single
August 5, 2001
Succeeded by
"Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse
Preceded by
"Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon
Austrian number-one single
August 12, 2001 - August 19, 2001 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Oua Oua" by Max Brothers featuring Kanui & Lulu
Preceded by
"Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon
Germany number-one single
August 10, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"There Must Be an Angel" by No Angels
Preceded by
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" by Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
Ireland number-one single
September 15, 2001
Succeeded by
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
Preceded by
"What Took You So Long?" by Emma Bunton
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
July 8, 2001
Succeeded by
"Pure and Simple" by Hear’Say
Preceded by
"There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
Sweden number-one single
September 7, 2001 - October 12, 2001 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue

Cover versions[edit]

In 2011, the song has been covered by the German rock and roll cover band The Baseballs. The song appeared on their second album, Strings 'N' Stripes.

A live version of "Follow Me" can be found on David Allan Coe's 2003 album Live at Billy Bob's Texas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ MTV News
  3. ^ a b "Uncle Kracker - Follow Me @ Top40-Charts.com - Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countries". Top40-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Die ultimative Chart Show | Hits des neuen Jahrtausends | Download". RTL.de. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 

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