Come Wake Me Up

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"Come Wake Me Up"
Single by Rascal Flatts
from the album Changed
Released May 21, 2012 (2012-05-21)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 4:23 (Album Version)
4:05 (Single Version)
Label Big Machine
Songwriter(s) Johan Fransson
Tim Larsson
Tobias Lundgren
Sean McConnell
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts singles chronology
"Come Wake Me Up"
"Come Wake Me Up"

"Come Wake Me Up" is a song recorded by American country music group Rascal Flatts. It was released in May 2012 as the second single from their eighth studio album, Changed. The song was written by Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren and Sean McConnell. On November 7, a duet version with Swedish country/pop female singer, Jill Johnson was released on Johnson's album, A Woman Can Change Her Mind.[1] The duet version was also released as a digital download internationally on November 16, 2012.[2]

"Come Wake Me Up" debuted at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of June 2, 2012.[3] It also debuted at number 98 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of August 11, 2012. It also debuted at number 99 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of October 6, 2012.


"Come Wake Me Up" is about a man who has broken up with his lover. Affected by the emotions, he wishes that he were dreaming and asks that she awaken him.

The song has a 6/8 time signature with an approximate tempo of 52 dotted quarter notes per minute. It is set in the key of E major with a main chord pattern of EM7-Cm7-EM7-Cm7-A-B-Gm-Cm7-B on the verses.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Taste of Country 4.5/5 stars[5]
Roughstock (favorable)[6]
Country Universe (B+)[7]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four and a half stars out of five, calling it "another fine example of how this trio continues to work at a level few country artists are aware of."[5] It also received a favorable review from Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, who wrote that it "fits well with their classic ballads while also having a slightly different sonic landscape to the past songs along with a return to more of their classic harmonies on the choruses."[6] Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B+, calling it "an incredible lyric and a nuanced vocal performance" and "the best composition that Rascal Flatts has tackled since 'I'm Movin' On'", although he criticized its production.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Shaun Silva and premiered on August 10, 2012.[8] Guitarist Joe Don Rooney flexes his acting muscles in the clip as the video’s dashing leading man, his first leading role in a video. A cameo from Rooney’s real-life wife, Tiffany Fallon, as his gorgeous love interest gives the video a realistic angle. Two-time female street freestyle world champion Dena Sodano also lends her talents as Fallon’s stunt double during the dramatic motorcycle scenes. “So I had this story unfolding, this moment of — here’s a girl who really is just from a different world than what he’s from,” says video director Shaun Silva. “Joe Don’s character is doing all the things anybody would want to do for someone they love, but it threatens her identity, until one night after an argument, she removes a necklace like breaking free from his lavish grasp. Her decision to leave, and his to chase after her, only pushes her further towards her foreshadowed fate.”[9]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 99
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 52
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[12] 4
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 43


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "A Woman Can Change Her Mind". iTunes. 
  2. ^ "Come Wake Me Up - Single". iTunes. 
  3. ^ Morris, Edward (May 26, 2012). "Carrie Underwood Still Champion With Blown Away". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "'Come Wake Me Up' sheet music". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (May 15, 2012). "Rascal Flatts, 'Come Wake Me Up' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (May 11, 2012). "The Weekly Single Recap: May 11, 2012". Roughstock. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Coyne, Kevin (July 12, 2012). "Single Review: Rascal Flatts, "Come Wake Me Up"". Country Universe. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : Rascal Flatts : Come Wake Me Up". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rascal Flatts Offer Sneak Peek of 'Come Wake Me Up' Video". Taste of Country. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Rascal Flatts – Come Wake Me Up". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 20, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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