If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')

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"If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')"
Single by Faron Young
from the album This Is Faron Young
Released 1954
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Tommy Collins
Faron Young singles chronology
"A Place for Girls Like You"
(1954)
"If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')"
(1954)
"Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young"
(1955)

If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" is a song written by Tommy Collins and originally recorded by country music artist Faron Young.

George Strait version[edit]

"If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')"
Single by George Strait
from the album If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin'
B-side "Is It That Time Again"
Released August 22, 1988
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:17
Label MCA 53400
Writer(s) Tommy Collins
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen & George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"Baby Blue"
(1988)
"If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')"
(1988)
"Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye"
(1988)

It was also covered by George Strait on his album If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin', and his version became his 15th number 1 single in the U.S.

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B- grade, saying that it "features Strait singing in such an exaggerated twang that the entire proceedings feel more campy than country."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"If You Ain't Lovin'" reached number two for three weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for Faron Young in 1954.[2]

George Strait's version was a chart topper in 1988, his eighth consecutive single to do so.[3] It chart performance on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart is unknown.

Faron Young[edit]

Chart (1954-1955) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 2

George Strait[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ CountryUniverse.net Song review
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 404. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 336. 

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Preceded by
"I Know How He Feels"
by Reba McEntire
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

December 10, 1988
Succeeded by
"A Tender Lie"
by Restless Heart