Right Where I Need to Be

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"Right Where I Need to Be"
Single by Gary Allan
from the album Smoke Rings in the Dark
B-side "Don't Tell Mama"
Released September 11, 2000
Format CD single, 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1999
Genre Country-rock
Length 3:02
Label MCA Nashville 172180
Writer(s) Casey Beathard
Kendell Marvel
Producer(s) Mark Wright
Tony Brown
Gary Allan singles chronology
"Lovin' You Against My Will"
"Right Where I Need to Be"
"Man of Me"

"Right Where I Need to Be" is a song written by Casey Beathard and Kendell Marvel, and recorded by American country music artist Gary Allan. It was released in September 2000 as the third and last single released from his album Smoke Rings in the Dark. It reached number 5 in June 2001, thus becoming his first top 5 hit, as well as his third top 10 hit. Before it was released as a single, it charted from unsolicited airplay while "Lovin' You Against My Will" was climbing the charts. According to Joel Whitburn's Hot Country Songs 1944–2008, this song spent 48 weeks on the country charts, giving it the longest chart run of that decade.[1] "Right Where I Need to Be" entered Top Ten on Hot Country Songs in its fortieth week on the chart, making it tied for the fourth slowest climb into the Top Ten in the chart's history.

Before its release, "Right Where I Need to Be" was the b-side to the album's title track.[1]


In "Right Where I Need to Be", the narrator is a promotion-bound executive who is climbing the corporate ladder at the expense of his private life. His boss says he will get a promotion if he flies to New Orleans on business. The executive decides to leave his first-class seat empty in favor of staying with his significant other. He states that being with his lover is right where he needs to be.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Rogers. The video was shot on a deserted runway at the Nashville International Airport.

Chart performance[edit]

"Right Where I Need to Be" debuted at number 75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 22, 2000. It re-entered the charts as an official single at number 65 for the chart week of September 16, 2000.

Chart (2000-2001) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 42

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 28


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944– 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 644. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Gary Allan Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Gary Allan.
  3. ^ "Gary Allan Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Gary Allan.
  4. ^ "Best of 2001: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 

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