A Better Love Next Time

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"A Better Love Next Time"
Single by Merle Haggard
from the album 5:01 Blues
B-side "Losin' in Las Vegas
Released July 22, 1989
Genre Country
Length 2:42
Label Epic
Writer(s) Johnny Christopher, Bobby Wood
Producer(s) Merle Haggard, Mark Yeary
Merle Haggard singles chronology
"5:01 Blues"
"A Better Love Next Time"
"If You Want to Be My Woman"
Not to be confused with "Better Love Next Time," a 1979 pop hit for Dr. Hook.

"A Better Love Next Time" is a song written by Johnny Christopher and Bobby Wood, and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released in July 1989 as the second single from the album 5:01 Blues. The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1] It was Haggard's last Top Ten hit.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 10
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 100
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 47


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 148. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6607." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 4, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Merle Haggard – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Merle Haggard.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.