Cop Car (Keith Urban song)

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"Cop Car"
Cop Car (Keith Urban single - cover art).jpg
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Fuse
Released 13 January 2014 (2014-01-13)
Format Digital download
Genre Country pop
Length 4:16
  • Zach Crowell[1]
  • Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"We Were Us"
"Cop Car"
"Somewhere in My Car"

"Cop Car" is a song written by Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, and Matt Jenkins and recorded by Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released in January 2014 as the third international single and fourth overall from his eighth studio album Fuse (2013).


The song is a mid-tempo ballad about two young lovers who are arrested when trespassing together, and "f[a]ll in love in the back of a cop car".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Joseph Hudak of Country Weekly gave the single a "B+", saying that "It's a clever concept, elevated to near greatness by its sheer originality." He praised Urban's "earnest" vocals, and said that "the production is slick and alive—though not necessarily squarely 'country'."[2] Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave it an identical rating, saying that he did not believe its storyline, but said that "Keith Urban’s heartfelt delivery and careful choice of what lines to emphasize keep the proceedings grounded. He’s so effective at capturing the feeling of falling in love that the specifics of the event surrounding the moment are appropriately secondary to the emotions at play."[3] Thom Jurek of AllMusic wrote that "The muted drum loop that fuels the shimmering 'Cop Car,' is layered in atmospherics worthy of Achtung Baby, but the melody is pure country."[4]

The song was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the 57th Grammy Awards but lost to Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water".


Compiled from liner notes.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by John Urbano and premiered in January 2014.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Cop Car" peaked at number eight on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in May 2014, making it his lowest-peaking single on that chart since 1999. The song has sold 772,000 copies in the U.S. as of June 2014.[6]

Chart (2014) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 38
Canada Country (Billboard)[8] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 41
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 8
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[12] 52
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 27


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

Sam Hunt version[edit]

"Cop Car"
Song by Sam Hunt from the album Montevallo
Released October 27, 2014
Format Digital download
Genre Country pop
Length 4:13
Label MCA Nashville
Montevallo track listing
"Make You Miss Me"
"Cop Car"
"Raised on It"

Sam Hunt—who co-wrote the song originally—recorded his version of it on his debut studio album Montevallo, which was released on October 27, 2014.

Hunt explains that the reason he included the song on his album is because "After writing the songs on the record, it was like a movie, and "Cop Car" was a pivotal scene in that movie. Even though Keith Urban had recorded it, I felt it still had a place on the record."[15]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
US Country Digital Songs[16] 48


  1. ^ a b Fuse (Deluxe Edition) (CD booklet). Keith Urban. Capitol Records Nashville/Hit Red Records. 2013. B0019113-02. 
  2. ^ a b Hudak, Joseph (27 January 2014). "Singles: Keith Urban — 'Cop Car'". Country Weekly. 21 (4): 50. 
  3. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (16 January 2014). "'Cop Car' review". Country Universe. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Fuse review". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Wyland, Sarah (28 January 2014). "Watch Keith Urban's "Cop Car" Music Video". Great American Country. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (June 19, 2014). "Country Chart News: The Top 30 Digital Singles For June 19, 2014". Roughstock. 
  7. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Keith Urban.
  8. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Canada Country for Keith Urban.
  9. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Keith Urban.
  10. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Country Airplay for Keith Urban.
  11. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Keith Urban.
  12. ^ "Best of 2014: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Keith Urban – Cop Car". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 10, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ Mansfield, Brian (October 13, 2014). "On the Verge: Sam Hunt's 'Night' shines bright". USA Today. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sam Hunt Album & Song Chart History - Country Digital Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 11, 2016.