If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)

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"If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)"
Single by Joe Diffie
from the album A Thousand Winding Roads
B-side"I Ain't Leavin' 'Til She's Gone"
ReleasedApril 2, 1991
Songwriter(s)Ken Spooner, Kim Williams
Producer(s)Bob Montgomery, Johnny Slate
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"If You Want Me To"
"If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)"
"New Way (To Light Up an Old Flame)"

"If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)" is a song written by Ken Spooner and Kim Williams, and recorded by American country music singer Joe Diffie. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart. It was released in April 1991 as the third single from his debut album, A Thousand Winding Roads.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Salomon and premiered in early 1991.

Critical reception[edit]

Cashbox magazine published a positive review of the song, stating that it "focuses on a much lighter storyline, compared to previous releases. This cut humorously sheds a 'devil-made-me-do-it' theme swallowed up by a fun and bouncy tempo."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at No. 47 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated April 6, 1991. It charted for 20 weeks on that chart, and peaked at No. 1 on the country chart dated June 15, 1991, giving Diffie his second No. 1 single.


Chart (1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 4
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 64
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 22


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ "Single releases" (PDF). Cashbox: 29. March 30, 1991.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1562." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 6, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.