Don't Tell Me What to Do

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for Baby Animals' song of the same name, see "Don't Tell Me What to Do (Baby Animals song)"

"Don't Tell Me What to Do"
Single by Pam Tillis
from the album Put Yourself in My Place
B-side "Melancholy Child"
Released December 1, 1990
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:12
Label Arista
Writer(s) Harlan Howard, Max D. Barnes
Producer(s) Paul Worley, Ed Seay
Pam Tillis singles chronology
"There Goes My Love"
"Don't Tell Me What to Do"
"One of Those Things"

"Don't Tell Me What to Do" is a song written by Harlan Howard and Max D. Barnes, and recorded by American country music artist Pam Tillis. It was released in December 1990 as the first single from the album Put Yourself in My Place. The song reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart[1]

Marty Stuart recorded this song under the title "I'll Love You Forever (If I Want To)" in 1988 for his Let There Be Country album, although the album was not released until 1992.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990-1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 18
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 65


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 348. 
  2. ^ "No title". The Journal of Country Music. 15-16. 1992. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1484." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 6, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Pam Tillis – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Pam Tillis.
  5. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

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