Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
|"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way"|
|Single by Waylon Jennings|
|from the album Dreaming My Dreams|
|B-side||"Bob Wills Is Still the King"|
|Waylon Jennings singles chronology|
"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" is a song written and performed by American country music artist Waylon Jennings. It was released in August 1975 as the first single from the album Dreaming My Dreams. The song was Waylon Jennings' fourth number one on the country chart as a solo artist. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of sixteen weeks on the country chart. The song was covered by Uncle Tupelo and released as a bonus track on their 2003 re-release of Anodyne.
The B-side to "Are You Sure ..." was "Bob Wills is Still the King," a tribute to the music of Wills. Although it never charted on its own, "Bob Wills ... " gained airplay and continues to be a staple at classic country radio stations.
"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" pays homage to the influence of Hank Williams Sr. in country music and criticizes the glitz that had come to characterize top-selling country artists in the 1970s, through references to "rhinestone suits" and "new shiny cars." 
Country band Alabama covered the song in 2010 for the Waylon Jennings tribute album, The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Volume One, which was released on February 8, 2011. Alabama's version was released as a single on December 13, 2010 via The Valory Music Co.
Clint Black covered the song on his 1999 album D'lectrified, inserting Jennings' name in place of Williams'. Black's version adds an extended instrumental section, and features Jennings as a guest vocalist.
Robert Earl Keen contributed a cover of the song to Lonesome, On'ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings.
Morrissey performed a cover of the song at a concert of his in 2015.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||60|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||21|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||53|
In popular culture
The song was prominently featured in a Grand Theft Auto V trailer for the wild, hard-living main character, Trevor Philips. The song is also in the video game's soundtrack on the in-game radio station, Rebel Radio.
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