Life Number 9

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The correct title of this article is Life #9. The substitution or omission of the # is because of technical restrictions.
"Life #9"
Single by Martina McBride
from the album The Way That I Am
B-side "Ashes"[1]
Released January 3, 1994
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:59
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Kostas, Tony Perez
Producer(s) Paul Worley, Ed Seay, Martina McBride
Martina McBride singles chronology
"My Baby Loves Me"
"Life #9"
"Independence Day"
Music video
"Life #9" at

"Life #9" is a song written by Kostas and Tony Perez, and recorded by American country music artist Martina McBride. It was released in January 1994 as the second single from her album The Way That I Am. The song was her fifth single release overall, and peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and at number 8 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.


The song finds the female narrator confronting her unfaithful lover. She tells him that he is "livin' on life #9" and about to run out of chances with her.

McBride considered the song "not the kind of song, melody, attitude of whatever that I was really comfortable singing", and producer Paul Worley thought that it was "not one of [his] favorites" due to it sounding like a disco song.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released for the song, directed by Steven Goldmann.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 8
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 85
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 69


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 262. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Greatest Hits (CD booklet). Martina McBride. RCA Records. 2001. 67012. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2440." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 11, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Martina McBride – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Martina McBride.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.