Home (Joe Diffie song)

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Single by Joe Diffie
from the album A Thousand Winding Roads
B-side"Liquid Heartache"
ReleasedAugust 21, 1990
Songwriter(s)Fred Lehner, Andy Spooner
Producer(s)Johnny Slate, Bob Montgomery
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"If You Want Me To"

"Home" is a song written by Fred Lehner and Andy Spooner, and recorded by American country music singer Joe Diffie as his debut single. It was released in August 1990 as the lead-off single from his debut album A Thousand Winding Roads. "Home" rose to the top of all three major country format charts that were in existence at the time — Billboard, Radio & Records (now known as Mediabase 24/7), and the now-defunct Gavin Report — marking the first time in chart history that a country singer's debut single had done so.[1] It also peaked at number 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.


Diffie said the song stirred strong emotions. "I think everybody related to it, regardless of whether they were raised in the country or city, because everybody has a home in their memory."[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video did not accompany the song, which was highly unusual for a hit record in the 1990s. Diffie told the Chicago Tribune that the decision happened by design. "We told people in radio that we wanted them to have the first shot at the music and I think they were appreciative of that."[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 13


  1. ^ Netherland, Tom (September 1999). "Joe Diffie gets back to roots". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  2. ^ "Diffie Turns Lost Job into New Career". The Victoria Advocate. 13 January 1991. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  3. ^ "A `Home` Run". Chicago Tribune. 11 November 1990. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9177." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 24, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  5. ^ "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.