Third Rock from the Sun (song)

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"Third Rock from the Sun"
Single by Joe Diffie
from the album Third Rock from the Sun
Released July 4, 1994
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:06 (album version)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Sterling Whipple, Tony Martin, John Greenebaum
Producer(s) Joe Diffie, Johnny Slate
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"In My Own Backyard"
"Third Rock from the Sun"
"Pickup Man"

"Third Rock from the Sun" is a song written by Sterling Whipple, Tony Martin and John Greenebaum, and recorded by American country music artist Joe Diffie. It was released in July 1994 as the lead single and title track from his album Third Rock from the Sun. The song became Diffie's third Number One single on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song unfavorably, saying that the title is ripped off from Jimi Hendrix and the "twisted plot falls somewhere between "Smokey and the Bandit" and Back to the Future." She goes on to say that the song "somehow manages to obscure even Diffie's world-class voice in a confusing avalanche of lyrics."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Roger Pistole and premiered in mid-1994.

Chart positions[edit]

"Third Rock from the Sun" debuted at number 53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 16, 1994.

Chart (1994) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 84
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 23
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 3
Preceded by
"XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)" by Trisha Yearwood
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
September 24 – October 1, 1994
Succeeded by
"Who's That Man" by Toby Keith
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
October 3–10, 1994
Succeeded by
"One Good Man" by Michelle Wright