Back Home Again (song)

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"Back Home Again"
John Denver Back Home Again.jpg
Single by John Denver
from the album Back Home Again
B-side "It's Up to You"
Released September 1974
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Country[1]
Length 4:42
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) John Denver
Producer(s) Milton Okun
John Denver singles chronology
"Annie's Song"
"Back Home Again"
"Sweet Surrender"

"Back Home Again" is the title of a popular song written and performed by the American singer-songwriter John Denver. Released as a single from his album of the same name in 1974, "Back Home Again" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[2] in November of that year; it was Denver's fifth Top 10 hit on the pop chart. "Back Home Again" topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks. The single was the first of three number ones on the country music chart where it stayed for a single week.[3] The single was certified a gold record by the RIAA. The song won a CMA Award for Denver in 1975 in the category "Song of the Year"; he was also named "Entertainer of the Year" at the same ceremony, prompting country pop singer Charlie Rich to light the envelope on fire after reading that Denver had won—in an apparent insult to Denver's musical style and image.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 10
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Kurt Wolff; Orla Duane (2000). Country Music: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. p. 425. ISBN 978-1-85828-534-4. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 173. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 103. 
Preceded by
"Carefree Highway" by Gordon Lightfoot
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single by John Denver
October 26, 1974 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"My Melody of Love" by Bobby Vinton
Preceded by
"Trouble in Paradise"
by Loretta Lynn
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

November 30, 1974
Succeeded by
"She Called Me Baby"
by Charlie Rich
Preceded by
"I Can Help"
by Billy Swan
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 21, 1974