Don't Blink

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"Don't Blink"
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Single by Kenny Chesney
from the album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates
Released September 10, 2007
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:18
Label BNA
Writer(s) Casey Beathard
Chris Wallin
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney singles chronology
"Never Wanted Nothing More"
"Don't Blink"
Music video
"Don't Blink" on YouTube

"Don't Blink" is a # 1 Billboard country, top 40 hot 100 single written by Casey Beathard and Chris Wallin, recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in September 2007 as the second single from his album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. The song became Chesney's thirteenth Number One single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

The song debuted at #16 on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart for the week of September 8, 2007, setting a new record for the highest debut on that chart since the inception of SoundScan in 1990,[1] beating a record set by Keith Urban's "Once in a Lifetime", which debuted at #17 in 2006. Chesney's record was broken one week later by Garth Brooks' song "More Than a Memory", which debuted at Number One on the country charts, the first song to do so in the chart's history.[2]

The song also matches the fastest rising single of his career set in August, 2007 with "Never Wanted Nothing More" taking eight weeks to reach Number 1.

On the Billboard Hot 100, "Don't Blink" debuted at number 79 on the chart dated September 22, 2007.[3]

The song is part of the track list for Now That's What I Call Country.


The song's lyrics tell of a younger man's encounter with a 102-year-old man who was being interviewed on the news. The interviewer wants to know the older man's "secret to life", and the older man responds with "don't blink".


Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it an A+ rating. He said that this song makes him "think about the greater truths and examine my own life from a new perspective. " [4]

Chart performance[edit]

"Don't Blink" debuted at number 16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of September 8, 2007.

Chart (2007) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 29
US Billboard Pop 100 47
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 45

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 39


  1. ^ ""Don't Blink" Is Billboard's Highest Chart Debut Ever!". Kenny Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Garth Brooks Makes History at Country Radio",, September 5, 2007.
  3. ^ Katie Hasty, "Soulja Boy Remains No. 1 Amid Static Top Four",, September 13, 2007.
  4. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (2007-08-27). "Kenny Chesney - "Don't Blink"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  5. ^ "Kenny Chesney – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kenny Chesney.
  6. ^ "Kenny Chesney – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kenny Chesney.
  7. ^ "Kenny Chesney – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Kenny Chesney.
  8. ^ "Best of 2007: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2007. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 

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Preceded by
"Love Me If You Can"
by Toby Keith
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

October 27—November 17, 2007
Succeeded by
"Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)"
by Dierks Bentley