How I Got to Be This Way

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"How I Got to Be This Way"
Single by Justin Moore
from the album Justin Moore
Released June 1, 2010
Genre Country
Length 2:58
Label Valory Music Group
Producer(s) Jeremy Stover
Justin Moore singles chronology
"How I Got to Be This Way"
"If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away"

"How I Got to Be This Way" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Justin Moore. It was released in June 2010 as the fourth single from his self-titled debut album.


The song is an uptempo tune in which the narrator states that his past mistakes are how he got to be "a little bit harder and a whole lot smarter."

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock described the song positively in his review of the album, saying that it had a similar rock influence to the work of Jason Aldean but was comparably more authentic.[1] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock gave the song three and a half stars out of five, writing that Moore "has a down-home, everyman twang to his voice, lending the right amount of authenticity to his country-boy anthems" and that "the melody and production are a pleasing throwback to the early-mid 1990s."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Hicky and premiered in July 2010.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts at number 54 for the week of June 12, 2010.[4]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 17
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[6] 101

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 60


  1. ^ Bjorke, Matt (11 August 2009). "Justin Moore review". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Peacock, Bobby (September 21, 2010). "Justin Moore - "How I Got To Be This Way"". Roughstock. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "CMT : Videos : Justin Moore : How I Got to Be This Way". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Justin Moore – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Justin Moore. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 622. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  7. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 

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