Honkytonk U

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"Honkytonk U"
Honkytonk U single cover.jpg
Single by Toby Keith
from the album Honkytonk University
Released February 8, 2005
Format digital download, CD Single
Recorded January 19, 2005
Genre Country
Length 3:35
Label DreamWorks Nashville
Writer(s) Toby Keith
Producer(s) James Stroud
Toby Keith
Toby Keith singles chronology
"Honkytonk U"
"As Good as I Once Was"

"Honkytonk U" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in February 2005 as the lead-off single and partial title track from his 2005 album Honkytonk University. It peaked at number 8 in the United States, and number 6 in Canada.


The song describe's Toby Keith's past and early career stages, and when he used to go to his grandmother's nightclub every summer and work until late at night when he got to sit with the band.


Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a negative rating. He summed up his review by stating that this song is an example of why Keith doesn't win Grammy Awards.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Salomon. The beginning shows Toby Keith as a child working at his grandmother's nightclub, called Billie's night club in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1972. Then it cuts to Toby Keith singing the song at the stage in the present day (2005). At the end, there is a dedication to his late grandmother, who died the same month.

Chart positions[edit]

"Honkytonk U" debuted at number 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of February 12, 2005.

Chart (2005) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 61

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 46


  1. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (2005-02-11). "Toby Keith - "Honkytonk U"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Toby Keith – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Toby Keith.
  3. ^ "Toby Keith – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Toby Keith.
  4. ^ "Best of 2005: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 

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