Chains (Patty Loveless song)

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Single by Patty Loveless
from the album Honky Tonk Angel
B-side "I'm On Your Side"
Released December 1989
Format 7"
Recorded May 1988
Genre Country
Length 2:27
Label MCA Nashville 53764
Writer(s) Hal Bynum
Bud Reneau
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Patty Loveless singles chronology
"The Lonely Side of Love"
"On Down the Line"
Music video
"Chains" on YouTube

"Chains" is a song written by Hal Bynum and Bud Reneau, and recorded by American country music artist Patty Loveless. It was released in December 1989 as the fifth single from her album Honky Tonk Angel.


"Chains" was Loveless's second career No. 1 hit, with both this song and the earlier "Timber I'm Falling In Love" coming from Honky Tonk Angel.

In its original form, the song had a much slower tempo than the one recorded by Loveless. Tony Brown, one of her producers at the time, decided to speed up the tempo for the arrangement she recorded.

The song charted for 26 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart, reaching No. 1 during the week of March 10, 1990.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1989-1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[1] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 41
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 9


  1. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9246." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 24, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  2. ^ "Patty Loveless – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Patty Loveless.
  3. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"No Matter How High"
by The Oak Ridge Boys
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 10, 1990
Succeeded by
"Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart"
by Randy Travis
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 24, 1990