The Only Way I Know
|"The Only Way I Know"|
|Single by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church|
|from the album Night Train|
|Released||November 12, 2012|
|Genre||Country rock, country rap|
|Writer(s)||David Lee Murphy
|Jason Aldean singles chronology|
"The Only Way I Know" is the title of a song written by David Lee Murphy and Ben Hayslip, and recorded by American country music artist Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church. It is the second single released from Aldean's 2012 album, Night Train.
"The Only Way I Know" is about hard work, loyalty, small town values, and southern work ethic. The singers explain that they were raised in a small town southern atmosphere and taught to work hard to earn a living. They had not realized that other lifestyles existed and were practiced and the one by which they grew up is "the only way they know." Its verses are largely spoken-word, with Aldean on the first verse, Bryan on the second, and Church on the third. Aldean also sings the choruses.
Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave "The Only Way I Know" a four-star review, saying that it "sounds best at neighbor-irritating volumes." Ashley Cooke of Roughstock also gave the song a four-star review, stating that the song "has a powerful chorus which allows listeners to get a little rowdy and let their inner badass out."
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church opened the 46th Country Music Association Awards with "The Only Way I Know" on November 1, 2012 and received an standing ovation. On November 13, 2012 Aldean performed the song on NBC's The Voice. Two contestants, Bryan Keith and Dez Duron joined him for the performance instead of Luke Bryan and Eric Church.
Footage from the 46th Country Music Association Award performance were used to comprise a music video for "The Only Way I Know", directed by Paul Miller.
"The Only Way I Know" debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Country Songs chart and number 63 on the Canadian Hot 100 for the week of November 3, 2012, as an album cut from downloads. It also debuted at number 93 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of November 24, 2012. On the Country Airplay chart dated February 16, 2013, it reached Number One, becoming Aldean's ninth Number One, Bryan's sixth, and Church's third.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||53|
|Canada Country (Billboard)||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||40|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||5|
|US Country Airplay (Billboard)||1|
"Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)"
by Gary Allan
|Billboard Country Airplay
February 16, 2013
"Better Dig Two"
by The Band Perry
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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- "Single Review: Jason Aldean (Feat. Luke Bryan & Eric Church) - "The Only Way I Know How"". Roughstock. November 7, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Jason Aldean Brings Country to ‘The Voice’ With ‘The Only Way I Know’". Taste of Country. Retrieved December 4,2012.
- "Jason Aldean - "The Only Way I Know (From CMA Awards)"". CMT.com. November 13, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE". Billboard.biz. October 25, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Jason Aldean. Retrieved October 27,2012.
- "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Jason Aldean. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jason Aldean. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jason Aldean. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
- "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Jason Aldean. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
- "American single certifications – Jason Aldean – The Only Way I Know". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 16, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH