|Single by Frankie Ballard|
|from the album Sunshine & Whiskey|
|Released||July 29, 2013|
|Label||Warner Bros. Nashville|
|Frankie Ballard singles chronology|
"Helluva Life" is a song recorded by American country music artist Frankie Ballard. It was released in July 2013 as the first single from Ballard's second studio album, Sunshine & Whiskey, which was released on February 11, 2014. The song was written by Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear.
Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song three and half stars out of five, writing that "[Ballard is] a sincere vocalist who doesn’t try to stretch his capabilities and the blend of steel guitar that pins him down is just perfect." Dukes stated that the song "lacks specificity" but added that "the arrangement and the singer’s delivery tie the many elements together." Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song four stars out of five, saying that "Frankie Ballard sings the melody with laid-back ease while the production never drowns out the singer as he sings about the things that make him grateful for his life." Bjorke praised the chorus, Ballard's performance and the "laid-back, less frenetic mood" of the song, predicting that it would become "the biggest hit of Frankie Ballard's career to date."
The music video was directed by Mason Dixon and premiered in December 2013.
"Helluva Life" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of August 3, 2013. It also debuted at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 5, 2013. It also debuted at number 89 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of December 21, 2013. It also debuted at number 98 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of March 15, 2014. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 6, 2014. As of May 2014, the song has sold 516,000 copies in the US.
Charts and certifications
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- Bjorke, Matt (July 25, 2013). "Single Review: Frankie Ballard - Helluva Life". Roughstock. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
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- "American single certifications – Frankie Ballard – Helluva Life". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 18, 2014. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH