Gimmie That Girl

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"Gimmie That Girl"
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Single by Joe Nichols
from the album Old Things New
ReleasedOctober 19, 2009 (2009-10-19)
FormatMusic download
RecordedJanuary 2009 (2009-01)[1]
Length2:53 (single edit)
3:05 (album version)
LabelUniversal South (Show Dog-Universal Music)[note 1]
Songwriter(s)Rhett Akins
Dallas Davidson
Ben Hayslip
Producer(s)Mark Wright
Joe Nichols singles chronology
"Gimmie That Girl"
"The Shape I'm In"

"Gimmie That Girl" is a song written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip and recorded by American country music singer Joe Nichols. It was released in October 2009 as the second single from Nichols’ album Old Things New. The song became Nichols’ third number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


"Gimmie That Girl" is an up-tempo in which the narrator says that his lover is beautiful without her makeup on. Nichols told Country Standard Time that he considered it "one of the catchiest tunes on the new CD" and that he liked its "simplicity."[2] Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip began writing the song in 2008; Akins told The Boot that the two had "already been working on this idea of writing a song about telling the girl who's all dressed up because you're going out."[1] They had originally decided to title the song "The You I Want to See" until Dallas Davidson added the line "gimmie that girl" to the chorus.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has been met with mixed reviews among critics. Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine cited the song as a standout track on the album, saying that it "bring[s] a contemporary polish and point of view to a staunchly traditional country aesthetic."[3] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock thought that Nichols' vocals were "cold and mechanical" but said that it had a "fairly lively melody and clean, uncluttered production."[4] Peacock compared the song unfavorably to Sammy Kershaw's 1993 single "She Don't Know She's Beautiful."

Chart performance[edit]

"Gimmie That Girl" debuted at #60 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week of October 24, 2009.[2] On the chart dated for the week ending May 8, 2010, it reached Number One, becoming the third Number One of his career and his first since "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" in December 2005.[5]

Chart (2009–10) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 54
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 34
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 7


  1. ^ Universal South Records merged with Show Dog Nashville in December 2009 to form Show Dog-Universal Music.


  1. ^ a b c Conaway, Alanna (16 April 2010). "Joe Nichols, 'Gimmie That Girl' - Story Behind the Lyrics". The Boot. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Joe Nichols serves "Gimmie That Girl"". Country Standard Time. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  3. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (14 October 2009). "Old Things New review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  4. ^ Peacock, Bobby (21 January 2010). "Joe Nichols — "Gimmie That Girl"". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  5. ^ Trust, Gary (29 April 2010). "Chart Beat Thursday: A Madge-ical Week For 'Glee'". Billboard. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Joe Nichols Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  7. ^ "Joe Nichols Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  8. ^ "Joe Nichols Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  9. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010.