40-Hour Week

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40-Hour Week
Alabama - 40 Hour Week.jpg
Studio album by Alabama
Released January 1985
October 25, 1990 (re-released)
Recorded September 1984 at The Music Mill, Nashville, TN[1]
Genre Country
Length 39:48
Label RCA Records
Producer Alabama
Harold Shedd
Alabama chronology
Roll On
(1984)Roll On1984
40-Hour Week
Singles from 40-Hour Week
  1. "There's No Way"
    Released: January 20, 1985
  2. "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')"
    Released: April 17, 1985
  3. "Can't Keep a Good Man Down"
    Released: August 9, 1985

40-Hour Week is the ninth studio album from country music band Alabama. Released in 1985, the album included three songs that topped the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart and continued the band's dominance during the 1980s.

Two of the No. 1 tracks — "There's No Way" and the title track — became milestones in Alabama's recording career during 1985. When it reached the top of the chart on May 4, "There's No Way" became Alabama's 16th consecutive No. 1 single (excepting for the 1982 Christmas single "Christmas in Dixie"). The feat allowed Alabama to tie Sonny James' 14-year-old record for most No. 1 songs in as many consecutive single releases. Then, on August 3, "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" topped the chart, becoming Alabama's 17th-straight chart topper and allowing them to surpass James' record.

Among the album tracks, several of them praising the South, 40 Hour Week also features the ballad "I Want To Know You Before We Make Love", which became a major hit for Conway Twitty in 1987.

This was Alabama's only album from which all the singles had accompanying music videos.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" Dave Loggins, Lisa Silver, Don Schlitz 3:18
2. "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Bob Corbin 3:45
3. "There's No Way" Lisa Palas, Will Robinson, John Jarrard 4:11
4. "Down On Longboat Key" Dennis Morgan, Stephen Allen Davis 4:05
5. "Louisiana Moon" Larry Shell, Dan Mitchell 3:04
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Want to Know You Before We Make Love" Becky Hobbs, Candy Parton 3:58
2. "Fireworks" Ronny Scaife, Phil Thomas, Kenny Durham 3:52
3. "(She Won't Have A Thing To Do With) Nobody But Me" Dean Dillon, Buzz Rabin, "Flash Gordon" 3:16
4. "As Right Now" Teddy Gentry, Greg Fowler 2:45
5. "If It Ain't Dixie (It Won't Do)" Jarrard, Kent Robbins 7:34

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1985) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 28
Canadian RPM Top Albums 69


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1985 "There's No Way" 1 2
"40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" 1 1
"Can't Keep a Good Man Down" 1 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[3] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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


as listed in liner notes[1]


Additional musicians[edit]

Strings by the "A" Strings, arranged by Kristin Wilkinson.


  1. ^ a b 40-Hour Week (LP). Alabama. RCA Records. 1985. 5339. 
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Alabama – 40-Hour Week". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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Top Country Albums number-one album
March 30 – June 15, 1985
Succeeded by
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Top Country Albums number-one album
August 3–10, 1985
Succeeded by
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Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
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