The Boys of Fall

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"The Boys of Fall"
Single by Kenny Chesney
from the album Hemingway's Whiskey
B-side Living in Fast Forward (Live)
Released July 12, 2010 (2010-07-12)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length

6:30 (album version)

4:21 (single edit)
Label BNA
Writer(s) Casey Beathard
Dave Turnbull
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney singles chronology
"Ain't Back Yet"
(2010)
"The Boys of Fall"
(2010)
"Somewhere with You"
(2010)

"The Boys of Fall" is a song written by Casey Beathard, Dave Turnbull, and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in July 2010 as the lead single from his 12th studio album Hemingway's Whiskey, which was released September 28, 2010.[1]

Content[edit]

The song talks about playing high school football. Chesney says the song "is a perfect description of how I grew up and where I grew up."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a four-out-of-five stars review, saying that if the song "is an indication as to where Hemingway's Whiskey is going," he predicts that Chesney has a "monster of an upcoming album."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video debuted on August 2, 2010 on ESPN's SportsCenter. The video features many famous football players and coaches talking about their experiences playing high school football and advice they would give to kids, as well as clips of famous players and coaches from the college and professional ranks, past and present. The video itself, directed by Shaun Silva, is over eight minutes in length.

Much of this video was shot in and around Celina, Texas, specifically at Celina High School's football stadium (Celina High is one of the state's dominant football teams, having won or co-won eight state titles). Other parts of it were filmed in Naperville, Illinois, at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, and at Gibbs High School in Tennessee where Chesney played football.

Chart performance[edit]

On the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated July 31, 2010, the song debuted at number 17,[4] becoming Chesney's highest debut on the charts since "Don't Blink" debuted at number 16 in September 2007.[5] The song peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in August as the 2010 high school football season commenced across the nation. The song became Chesney's eighteenth Number One single on the country charts for the week of October 9, 2010.[6] With its peak, Chesney has charted at least one Number One song for each year since 2001.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Boys of Fall" (Single Edit) – 4:21
  2. "Living in Fast Forward" (Live) – 3:55

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 18
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 77

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 35
Preceded by
"Our Kind of Love"
by Lady Antebellum
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

October 9-October 16, 2010
Succeeded by
"All Over Me"
by Josh Turner

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Posted Jun 22nd 2010 2:30PM by Stephen L. Betts Comments (2010-06-22). "Kenny Chesney Takes a Shot of 'Hemingway's Whiskey'". The Boot. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  2. ^ Kenny Chesney's 'Hemingway's Whiskey': Track-By-Track Preview
  3. ^ NAME:. "Kenny Chesney - "The Boys of Fall" | New Country Music, Listen to Songs & Video". Roughstock.com. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Top Country Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  5. ^ "Top Country Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  6. ^ "Chart Highlights". Billboard. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Trust, Gary (29 September 2010). "Kenny Chesney Scores A Perfect 10". Billboard. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Boys of Fall: Kenny Chesney: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Kenny Chesney Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kenny Chesney.
  10. ^ "Kenny Chesney Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Kenny Chesney.
  11. ^ "Kenny Chesney Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Kenny Chesney.
  12. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Kenny Chesney – The Boys of Fall". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 9, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH