I Love This Bar

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"I Love This Bar"
Toby Keith - I Love This Bar.jpg
Single by Toby Keith
from the album Shock'n Y'all
B-side "I Love This Bar" (album version)[1]
Released August 18, 2003
Format CD Single
Recorded 2003
Genre Country
Length 5:35 (album version)
3:52 (single version)
Label DreamWorks Nashville
Songwriter(s) Toby Keith
Scotty Emerick
Producer(s) Toby Keith
James Stroud
Toby Keith singles chronology
"Beer for My Horses"
"I Love This Bar"
"American Soldier"
"Beer for My Horses"
"I Love This Bar"
"American Soldier"

"I Love This Bar" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in August 2003 as the lead off single from his album Shock'n Y'all. It became a Number One hit on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, keeping the top spot for five weeks. Keith wrote the song with Scotty Emerick.

The song's title inspired a chain of restaurants owned by Keith named Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill.


The narrator describes his favorite bar and the people who frequent it.

Critical reception[edit]

Ray Waddell, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "beer-joint staple for years to come.""[2]

Music video[edit]

The video for this song takes place at a bar in Chatsworth, California called The Cowboy Palace Saloon. It was directed by Michael Salomon.

Chart performance[edit]

"I Love This Bar" debuted at number 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of August 30, 2003. The song has sold 1,033,000 copies in the U.S. as of April 2014.[3]

Chart (2003) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 26

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 44
Chart (2004) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 52
Preceded by
"Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" by Keith Urban
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
November 15-December 13, 2003
Succeeded by
"There Goes My Life" by Kenny Chesney


In 2006, this song was covered by Sammy Hagar for his album Livin' It Up!.

"I Love NASCAR"[edit]

On his 2004 album Bipolar and Proud, country music parodist Cledus T. Judd recorded a parody titled "I Love NASCAR". This parody peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Although the song featured a guest vocal from Keith, he did not receive chart credit for it.[8]

Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 48


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 219–220. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Billboard, November 15, 2003
  3. ^ Grein, Paul (April 16, 2014). "Chart Watch: "Happy" tops 4M". Yahoo! Music. Yahoo!. 
  4. ^ "Toby Keith Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard.
  5. ^ "Toby Keith Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard.
  6. ^ "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Best of 2004: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2004. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, p. 217

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