If I Was a Drinkin' Man

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"If I Was a Drinkin' Man"
Single by Neal McCoy
from the album You Gotta Love That
Released August 12, 1995
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:18
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Byron Hill, J.B. Rudd
Producer(s) Barry Beckett
Neal McCoy singles chronology
"They're Playin' Our Song"
"If I Was a Drinkin' Man"
"You Gotta Love That"

"If I Was a Drinkin' Man" is a song written by Byron Hill and J.B. Rudd, and recorded by American country music artist Neal McCoy. It was released in August 1995 as the third single from the album You Gotta Love That. The song reached #16 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]


The song is about a man missing his lover. He says that if he were a "drinkin' man like [he] used to be", that he would consume alcohol to help himself forget her.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price of Billboard gave the song a positive review, saying that it was a "thoughtful ballad" and that "McCoy has a warmth to his voice".[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 16
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 16


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 222. 
  2. ^ "Reviews". Billboard: 65. 12 August 1995. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2811." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 20, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Neal McCoy – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Neal McCoy.

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