26 Cents

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"26 Cents"
Single by The Wilkinsons
from the album Nothing but Love
Released June 16, 1998
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:53
Label Giant
Writer(s) William Wallace
Steve Wilkinson
Producer(s) Tony Haselden
Doug Johnson
Russ Zavitson
The Wilkinsons singles chronology
"26 Cents"
"Fly (The Angel Song)"

"26 Cents", also written as "26¢", is the debut song of the Canadian country music group The Wilkinsons. Written by group member Steve Wilkinson along with William Wallace, it was released in June 1998 as the first single from their album Nothing but Love. The song reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in August 1998[1] and number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[2] It was named both Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) Song Year of the Year and Single of the Year at the 1999 Canadian Country Music Association Awards.[3]


The song is about a girl who just turned 18 and is moving away to her own place. The song's title comes from the "penny for your thoughts, a quarter for the call" her mother gives her before she leaves.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jim Shea and premiered in mid-1998.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 55
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 3
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 25
Preceded by
"From This Moment On"
by Shania Twain with Bryan White
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 17-August 24, 1998
Succeeded by
by George Strait

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Category Result
41st Annual Grammy Awards Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance[9] Nominated
Academy of Country Music Single Record of the Year[10] Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Single of the Year[11] Won
SOCAN Song of the Year[11] Won
Video of the Year[12] Nominated


  1. ^ RPM Country Tracks
  2. ^ The Wilkinsons Chart History
  3. ^ CCMA Awards Archives
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3660." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 17, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "The Wilkinsons – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Wilkinsons.
  6. ^ "The Wilkinsons – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Wilkinsons.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Patterson, Jim (February 19, 1999). "Family act The Wilkinsons earn a Grammy nomination". The Daily Courier. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ Gray, Michael (March 8, 1999). "Faith Hill Leads ACM Pack". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b LeBlanc, Larry (September 25, 1999). "The Wilkinsons Sweep Canadian Country Music Awards Show". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Wilkinsons, Terri Clark, Prairie Oyster and Shania Twain Lead Nominations For Canadian Country Music Awards". Country Music Television. August 10, 1999. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 

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