The song debuted at number 13 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 21, 2012. It is Chesney's highest-debuting single, the previous record-holder being "Don't Blink", which debuted at number 16. It is also the second highest-debuting single since January 1990, when the charts were first tabulated electronically by Nielsen SoundScan, and the highest-debuting duet on that chart in that same timespan. Despite this high debut, the song peaked at number 11 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of May 26, 2012, becoming Chesney's first single to miss the top ten since "The Tin Man" peaked at number 19 in 2001. On the following week, "Feel Like a Rock Star" fell to number 18 while the follow-up single "Come Over" debuted at number 24.
This high debut was achieved mainly by the song receiving 979 plays by radio stations on Billboard's survey in the day after the broadcast, most of which came from hourly airplay on stations owned by Clear Channel Communications.