So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore

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"So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore"
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Thirty Miles West
Released January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16)
Format Music download
Recorded 2011
Genre Country
Length 3:44
Label Alan's Country Records/
EMI Records Nashville
Writer(s) Jay Knowles
Adam Wright
Producer(s) Keith Stegall[1]
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Long Way to Go"
"So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore"
"You Go Your Way"

"So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore" is a song recorded by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in January 2012 as the second single from Jackson's album Thirty Miles West.[2] The song was written by Jay Knowles and Jackson's nephew, Adam Wright (of The Wrights).[3] The song was nominated for Best Country Song at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four and a half stars out of five, writing that "the best songs always allow a listener to fill in the spaces between the words, and Jackson's patient performance leaves plenty of room to do that."[4] Kyle Ward of Roughstock also gave the song four and a half stars out of five, saying "Jackson offers up his most heart-felt vocal since 'Monday Morning Church,' and the soft neo-traditional production serves as quite a breath of fresh air."[5]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, writing that it "ranks among his best work, and given that he's one of the genre's all time greats, that's heavy company for it to be in."[6] The song also received a "thumbs up" from Engine 145 reviewer Juli Thanki, who called it "his best single in at least half a decade."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video, which premiered in January 2012, was directed by Steven Goldmann and filmed at Coney Island.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

"So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of January 28, 2012.[9]

Chart (2012) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 25
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[11] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 85


  1. ^ "Alan Jackson's New Album Due June 5". Country Music Television. April 10, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wyland, Sarah (April 10, 2012). "Alan Jackson to Release New Album June 5". Great American Country. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Darden, Beville (April 10, 2012). "Alan Jackson, 'Thirty Miles West' to Release in June". The Boot. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (January 15, 2012). "Alan Jackson, ‘So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Ward, Kyle (March 5, 2012). "Single Review: Alan Jackson - "So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore"". Roughstock. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (January 23, 2012). "Single Review: Alan Jackson, “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore”". Country Universe. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Thanki, Juli (January 18, 2012). "Alan Jackson — “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore”". Engine 145. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ Wyland, Sarah (January 19, 2012). "Watch Alan Jackson’s New Video for “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore”". Great American Country. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ Morris, Edward (January 21, 2012). "Eric Church Hits No. 1 for First Time With "Drink in My Hand"". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Alan Jackson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  11. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of June 30, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 

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