I Just Wanna Be Mad

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"I Just Wanna Be Mad"
I Just Wanna Be Mad cover.png
Single by Terri Clark
from the album Pain to Kill
B-side"Three Mississippi"[1]
ReleasedAugust 26, 2002
LabelMercury Nashville
Songwriter(s)Kelley Lovelace
Lee Thomas Miller
Producer(s)Byron Gallimore
Terri Clark singles chronology
"I Just Wanna Be Mad"
"Three Mississippi"
Music video
"I Just Wanna Be Mad" at CMT.com

"I Just Wanna Be Mad" is a song written by Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller, and recorded by Canadian country music artist Terri Clark. It was released in August 2002 as the first single released from Clark's album Pain to Kill. It peaked at number 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, becoming Clark's first top 10 single on that chart since "You're Easy on the Eyes" in 1998, and reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Clark's performance of the song was nominated for a 2003 Juno Award for Country Recording of the Year.[3]

The song was originally to be recorded by John Michael Montgomery.[4]


The song is an impassioned lyric about sticking it out in a relationship.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it an "uptempo, easy-to-sing-along-with, radio-friendly ode to the complexities of modern relationships, and Clark gives it all she's got." She goes on to say that the writers, Lovelace and Miller, have "crafted a lyric that examines the dynamics of relationships."[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released for the song, directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions. It shows Clark wearing a red sweater performing the song with a guitar under many strobe lights in downtown Nashville, as well as scenes of her and her boyfriend (who works as a hotel valet) fighting for an unknown reason. She gets in her convertible and leaves him, leaving him to become anxious and upset as to what he did to make her upset. He impatiently waits for her to come back, and in the last seconds of the video she does. He gets in the passengers side, much to her dismay, and the two ride off together. Scenes featuring her driving her car through Nashville are also shown.

Chart performance[edit]

"I Just Wanna Be Mad" debuted at number 51 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of August 31, 2002.

Chart (2002–2003) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 27

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 18


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 95–96. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ "Chart listing for "I Just Wanna Be Mad"". Billboard. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Artist Summary | The JUNO Awards". Juno Award. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Terri Clark Pain to Thrill
  5. ^ Billboard, September 7, 2002
  6. ^ "Terri Clark Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Terri Clark Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012.

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