Back Down South

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"Back Down South"
Single by Kings of Leon
from the album Come Around Sundown
Released May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)
Recorded 2010
Genre Southern rock, acoustic rock
Length 4:01
Label RCA records
Writer(s) Caleb Followill
Nathan Followill
Jared Followill
Matthew Followill
Producer(s) Angelo Petraglia
Jacquire King
Kings of Leon singles chronology
"The Immortals"
"Back Down South"

"Back Down South" (also called "Southbound") is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon and the fourth single from their 2010 album Come Around Sundown.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Back Down South" was first released onto YouTube on May 27, 2011 at a total length of four minutes and five seconds.[1] It was directed by Casey McGrath with part of the filming in Nashville,TN and the other half in Hampshire,TN.[2] William Goodman of Spin described the video as "an advert for their country way of life."[3]


Scott Shelter from PopCrush gave the song an 8/10 grade, commenting, "With a dash of twang and an intentional down-home appeal, ‘Back Down South’ wouldn’t sound out of place at a country music festival or awards show. It’s a welcome change of pace from the arena-rock direction of the band’s recent music."[4]

Live performances[edit]

Kings of Leon first performed the song during their summer tour 2010.[5] They also performed it on Later... with Jools Holland.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Back Down South" - 4:01

Credits and personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 41
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 77
Polish Singles Chart[9] 27
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 29


  1. ^ Kings Of Leon - Back Down South YouTube.
  2. ^ ""Back Down South" Video Premiere". Kings of Leon website. June 1, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Goodman, William (June 1, 2011). "WATCH: Kings of Leon's Tribute to Southern Roots". Spin. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Shelter, Scott (April 27, 2000). "Kings of Leon, 'Back Down South' – Song Review". PopCrush. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Goodman, William (June 7, 2010). "Kings of Leon Debut New Songs at Tour Opener!". Spin. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ " – Kings Of Leon – Back Down South" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  7. ^ " – Kings Of Leon – Back Down South" (in French). Ultratip.
  8. ^ " – Kings Of Leon – Back Down South" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  10. ^ "Kings of Leon – Chart history" Billboard Adult Alternative Songs for Kings of Leon. Retrieved June 4, 2014.

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