Beautiful Mess (song)

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"Beautiful Mess"
Diamond Rio - Beautiful Mess.jpg
Single by Diamond Rio
from the album Completely
Released April 1, 2002
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:48 (album version)
3:38 (single version)
Label Arista Nashville
Songwriter(s) Sonny LeMaire, Clay Mills, Shane Minor
Producer(s) Diamond Rio, Mike Clute
Diamond Rio singles chronology
"That's Just That"
"Beautiful Mess"
"I Believe"
"That's Just That"
"Beautiful Mess"
"I Believe"

"Beautiful Mess" is a song written by Shane Minor, Clay Mills and former Exile member Sonny LeMaire, and recorded by American country music group Diamond Rio.[1] It was released in April 2002 as the first single from Diamond Rio's album Completely.[2] The song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, a position that it held for two non-consecutive weeks. The song was also Diamond Rio's most successful crossover single, peaking at number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100.


The song is a mid-tempo in which the narrator describes how his life has changed since he fell in love. He describes himself as "going out of [his] mind" and unable to concentrate — for example, appearing tired at work, accidentally putting salt in his coffee, and "walkin' 'round in a haze". Ultimately, he calls his state of mind a "beautiful mess".


Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Taylor, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably saying that "reverb-drenched guitar, a smoldering melody, and the barely contained pathos in the vocal highlight this next slice of excellence." Taylor said the "well-rendered backup vocals" and the good production give depth to the song.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Deaton Flanigen and premiered on CMT on May 31, 2002. It was filmed at the Nashville International Airport.


"Beautiful Mess" debuted at number 55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of April 13, 2002. "Beautiful Mess" reached its peak of number one on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart on the chart week of September 28, 2002. One week later, it fell to the number-two position. "Beautiful Mess" then returned to the number one spot on the chart dated for October 12, accounting for a second and final week in that peak.

Chart (2002) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 28

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 8
Preceded by
"I Miss My Friend" by Darryl Worley
"Ten Rounds with José Cuervo" by Tracy Byrd
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

September 28, 2002
October 12, 2002
Succeeded by
"Ten Rounds with José Cuervo" by Tracy Byrd
"Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban


  1. ^ "A "Beautiful Mess" Made at BMI Nashville". Broadcast Music Incorporated. 2002-10-17. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Diamond Rio Biography". Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ Anon (2004). "Diamond Rio:Song-by-Song" Arista Retrieved September 18, 2009
  4. ^ Billboard, April 6, 2002
  5. ^ "Diamond Rio – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Diamond Rio.
  6. ^ "Diamond Rio – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Diamond Rio.
  7. ^ "Best of 2002: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2002. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 

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