Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)

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"Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)"
Single by Chris Young
from the album The Man I Want to Be
Released February 17, 2009 (2009-02-17)
Format CD single
Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:33
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Cory Batten
Kent Blazy
Chris Young
Producer(s) James Stroud[1]
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Chris Young singles chronology
"Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)"
"The Man I Want to Be"
Music video
"Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song) on YouTube

"Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Chris Young. It was released in February 2009 as the second single from his album The Man I Want to Be, released on September 1, 2009. Young co-wrote the song with Kent Blazy and Cory Batten.


Songwriter Cory Batten suggested the lyric "all I can think about is gettin' you home" to his frequent songwriting partner Kent Blazy, who has written several songs for Garth Brooks.[2] The two later met with Young and began working on other songwriting ideas. After a morning of little progress, the group decided to go to lunch. Once they had returned, the three friends began talking about their experiences with women.[3] When Young elaborated on his own relationship, they decided to write a song about a woman who, despite getting dressed up for going out on a date, is "just as excited to get home" and have sex.[2] According Young, "Gettin' You Home" was written in "about 45 minutes".[3]


Karlie Justus of Engine 145 gave "Gettin' You Home" a thumbs-up. She described the song as "pleasingly radio-friendly without feeling like a sell-out, and it should catapult Young into the very small club of successful country reality competition winners."[4] Kevin J. Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A- rating. His review called it "suggestive without being sleazy."[5] Matt Bjorke, in his review of the album, said that the song "is sultry and sexy without ever feeling like it’s pandering to anybody. Also, despite the R&B grooves in the mix, the song is nothing but country."[6]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

At the 53rd Grammy Awards, "Gettin' You Home" was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance but lost to Keith Urban's "'Til Summer Comes Around".

Music video[edit]

Directed by Stephen Shepherd, the video has Young waiting for his date to get ready for him to go out. The woman (played by actress Idina Menzel) takes her scented candle bath as Young spends his time doing other things like making her bed, ordering some food when her refrigerator has nothing and lighting a few candles. The woman finishes her bath, puts her makeup on and puts on the 'titular' black dress for him to see. When she opens the door, she sees that Young is carrying a pizza box and a six-pack case of beer (meaning it's a night at her home). She smiles and she drops her dress to the floor.

Chart performance[edit]

"Gettin' You Home" debuted at number 60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart dated for February 28, 2009.[7] It later debuted at number 91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in August 2009 and peaked at number 33 there. It became his first Number One hit on the Hot Country Songs chart dated for October 24, 2009.

Chart (2009) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 33
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 74

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 12
Preceded by
"American Ride"
by Toby Keith
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

October 24, 2009
Succeeded by
"Only You Can Love Me This Way"
by Keith Urban


  1. ^ "Nashville Star's Chris Young Releasing New Album on Sept. 1". CMT. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b Conaway, Alanna (16 November 2009). "Story Behind the Song: The Little Song That Did". Country Weekly 16 (40): 18. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  3. ^ a b Josh Armstrong (October 2, 2009). "The Man Chris Young wants to be". Retrieved January 21, 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ Justus, Karlie (2009-01-19). "Chris Young - "Gettin' You Home"". Engine 145. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  5. ^ Coyne, Kevin (2009-01-31). "Chris Young - "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)". Country Universe. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2009-09-02). "The Man I Want to Be review". Roughstock. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  7. ^ Morris, Edward (2009-02-21). "Kenny Chesney and Mac MacAnally's "Down the Road" Is Nation's Top Country Song". CMT. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Chris Young.
  9. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Chris Young.
  10. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Chris Young.
  11. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 

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