It Was

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"It Was"
Single by Chely Wright
from the album Single White Female
B-side "Rubbin' It In"
Released September 1999
Genre Country
Length 3:51
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Mark Wright
Gary Burr
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Buddy Cannon
Norro Wilson
Chely Wright singles chronology
"Single White Female"
"It Was"
"She Went Out for Cigarettes"

"It Was" is a song written by Mark Wright and Gary Burr, and recorded by American country music artist Chely Wright. It was released in September 1999 as the second single from her album Single White Female. The song reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in April 2000.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price of Billboard gave the song a favorable review, saying that it "has a hauntingly beautiful melody and affecting lyric about the mercurial nature of love" and that "Wright possesses a strong voice, full of emotional depth and presence."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions and premiered in August 1999.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 64
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 11

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 47


  1. ^ "Chely Wright Hot Country Songs Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (October 2, 1999). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chely Wright : It Was". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9996." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 6, 1999. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Chely Wright Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Chely Wright.
  6. ^ "Chely Wright Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Chely Wright.
  7. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 

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