Homewrecker (song)

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This article is about the 2005 Gretchen Wilson song. For other songs with this title, see Homewrecker (disambiguation).
Single by Gretchen Wilson
from the album Here for the Party
Released January 17, 2005 (2005-01-17)
Format Airplay, music download
Genre Country
Length 3:26
Label Epic Nashville
Writer(s) George Teren
Rivers Rutherford
Gretchen Wilson
Producer(s) Joe Scaife
Mark Wright
Gretchen Wilson singles chronology
"When I Think About Cheatin'"
"All Jacked Up"

"Homewrecker" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Gretchen Wilson. It was the fourth and final single from her 2004 debut album, Here for the Party, and was released to radio in January 2005. The song was her fourth consecutive Top Ten hit, reaching #2 on the country singles charts. Wilson wrote this song with Rivers Rutherford and George Teren.


In "Homewrecker," the female narrator addresses another female who wants to commit adultery with the narrator's lover. The narrator refers to this other woman as a "homewrecker," and threatens to "go to kickin' [her] pretty little butt."[1] Wilson wrote the song with George Teren and Rivers Rutherford.

Critical reception[edit]

Johnny Loftus of Allmusic said that Wilson "happily belts out the harder edges" of the song, contrasting it with Wilson's vocal performance on the ballad "When I Think About Cheatin'."[2] In Rolling Stone, Jon Caramanica also contrasted "Homewrecker" with other songs on the album, saying that its role of "moral arbiter" was "just as impassioned" as the other "country persona[s]" on the album.[3] Stylus Magazine critic Josh Love compared the song's sound to that of the Dixie Chicks and said that it was "less about cloistered worship than a real-world application of the life-affirming principles first put forth by" the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain.[4] Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a negative rating. He stated that the song sounds like more of "a rip-off of than a homage to Loretta Lynn."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Homewrecker" debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending January 29, 2005. The song reached a peak of #2 and held that position for three weeks, spending a total of twenty weeks on the charts.[6] It was Wilson's fourth consecutive Top Ten hit on that chart, making her the first female artist to send her first four singles into the country Top Ten since Deana Carter did so between 1996 and 1997.[7]

Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 56
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 33


  1. ^ Joe Heim (19 May 2004). "Don't Let Her Name Fool You". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Here for the Party review". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Jon Caramanica (24 June 2004). "Here for the Party review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Josh Love (21 June 2004). "Gretchen Wilson — Here for the Party". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (2005-02-11). "Gretchen Wilson - "Homewrecker"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 471. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  7. ^ Fred Bronson (16 April 2005). "Chart Beat: No. 1 Wilson Drives a 4×4". Billboard: 61. 
  8. ^ "Gretchen Wilson – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Gretchen Wilson. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Gretchen Wilson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Gretchen Wilson. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "Best of 2005: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2012.