Sideways (Dierks Bentley song)
|Single by Dierks Bentley|
|from the album Feel That Fire|
|Released||March 2, 2009|
|Dierks Bentley singles chronology|
"Sideways" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Dierks Bentley. The twelfth single of his career, it is also the second release from his fourth Capitol Records album, Feel That Fire. "Sideways" was released to country radio on March 2, 2009. On the chart week of July 11, 2009, the song became his seventh Number One song on the Hot Country Songs chart.
The song is part of the tracklist for Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2.
"Sideways" was co-written by Bentley himself, along with Jim Beavers, the brother of Bentley's producer, Brett Beavers. In it, the male narrator is attempting to talk to a female in a bar. Despite being unable to hear her name, he still tries to come on to her, saying that he wants to "get a little sideways" with her. The song is an uptempo, backed mainly by electric guitar and banjo, and its final chorus features the ambient noise of a bar, along with a chanted chorus by backing vocalists.
The music video was directed by Michael Salomon, and features Bentley singing in front of a large party crowd. The video was #50 on the GAC's Top 50 Videos of the Year list. It was shot inside the Fuse nightclub, located inside the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
A second video, containing live performance footage, was released in August 2009. This is the most commonly used version on TV.
CM Wilcox of The 9513 gave the song a thumbs-down rating, calling it "cheap and gimmicky" and saying that it sounded more suited for a debut artist than an established artist such as Bentley. Kevin J. Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a C rating. Coyne thought that Bentley sounded uncomfortable singing the song, making it sound "dull and lifeless" as a result.
- The song was used and mixed by the dance crew Southern Movement, hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week and premiere of the fourth season of America's Best Dance Crew.
- Sideways was used with its own lyrics referencing NASCAR on FOX, which played at the very beginning of the pre-race show starting in the 2011 and the 2012 season. In 2013, NASCAR on Fox used the NFL theme.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||63|
|US Billboard Hot 100||35|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||6|
"Out Last Night"
by Kenny Chesney
|Billboard Hot Country Songs
July 11-July 18, 2009
"I Run to You"
by Lady Antebellum
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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- Wilcox, CM (2009-02-24). "Dierks Bentley — "Sideways"". The 9513. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
- Coyne, Kevin J. (2009-03-05). "Dierks Bentley — "Sideways"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
- "Dierks Bentley Remakes "Sideways" for NASCAR". Country Music Television. 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
- "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Dierks Bentley. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Dierks Bentley. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dierks Bentley. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
- "American single certifications – Dierks Bentley – Sideways". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 23, 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH