Don't We All Have the Right

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"Don't We All Have the Right"
Single by Ricky Van Shelton
from the album Wild-Eyed Dream
B-side "Baby, I'm Ready"
Released April 11, 1988[1]
Format 7" single
Recorded October 15, 1986[1]
Genre Country
Length 2:36
Label Columbia Nashville
Writer(s) Roger Miller
Producer(s) Steve Buckingham
Ricky Van Shelton singles chronology
"Life Turned Her That Way"
"Don't We All Have the Right'"
"I'll Leave This World Loving You"

"Don't We All Have the Right" is a song written and recorded by Roger Miller in 1970 and featured on his album, Trip in the Country, released as a double A-side with "South." It was later recorded by Ricky Van Shelton. It was first the b-side to his second single "Crime of Passion" before it served as the fifth and last single released from his debut album, Wild-Eyed Dream in 1988. The song was Shelton's 3rd #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart as well as his third consecutive #1.[2]


The narrator finds out he's wrong when he thinks his lover will return after leaving him.

Chart performance[edit]

"Don't We All Have the Right" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and on The Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. His second single to do so.

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ a b Greatest Hits Plus (CD). Ricky Van Shelton. Columbia Records. 1992. 52753. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 310. 

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Preceded by
"Set 'Em Up Joe"
by Vern Gosdin
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

July 30, 1988
Succeeded by
"Baby Blue"
by George Strait
Preceded by
"Talkin' to the Wrong Man"
by Michael Martin Murphey with Ryan Murphey
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 6, 1988
Succeeded by
"The Wanderer"
by Eddie Rabbitt