Life at Best

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Life at Best
Studio album by Eli Young Band
Released August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)
Genre Country
Length 50:19
Label Republic Nashville
Eli Young Band chronology
Jet Black & Jealous
Life at Best
10,000 Towns
Singles from Life at Best
  1. "Crazy Girl"
    Released: March 7, 2011
  2. "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
    Released: January 23, 2012
  3. "Say Goodnight"
    Released: August 27, 2012[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Country Weekly 4/5 stars[3]

Life at Best is an album by Eli Young Band, an American country music band. It was released on August 16, 2011 via Republic Nashville. The album includes the single "Crazy Girl", which has reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts. The album's second single, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart", was released in January 2012, and has also reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The third single was "Say Goodnight", which peaked at number 22 on the Country Airplay Chart. According to HITS Daily Souble, the album sold 348,000 copies as of February 2014.



Giving it four stars out of five, Steve Morley of Country Weekly said that the album "rings with roots-rock guitars and meaty, often melancholy themes".[3] A less favorable review came from Andrew Leahey of Allmusic, who thought that it was a "step backwards" because he did not consider its songs as memorable as those on Jet Black & Jealous.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Will Hoge, Eric Paslay 3:40
2. "Crazy Girl" Lee Brice, Liz Rose 3:20
3. "Every Other Memory" Chris DeStefano, Catt Gravitt, Josh Kear 4:44
4. "On My Way" Scooter Carusoe, Jon Jones, James Young 3:26
5. "Skeletons" Mike Eli, Sean McConnell, Young 3:21
6. "I Love You" Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Jones, Chris Thompson 3:20
7. "The Fight" Natalie Hemby, Tim Putnam 4:25
8. "My Old Man's Son" Eli, Blu Sanders 3:42
9. "Recover" Eli, Young, Jacobs 2:58
10. "The Falling" Eli, Ryan James 3:38
11. "War on a Desperate Man" Eli, Sanders 4:06
12. "Say Goodnight" Katrina Elam, Melissa Pierce, John Paul White 3:08
13. "How Quickly You Forget" Eli, Hemby, Daniel Tashian 3:40
14. "Life at Best" Eli, Young 2:51
Total length: 50:19


Eli Young Band[edit]

Additional Musicians[edit]

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2011–12) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 75
US Billboard 200 6
US Billboard Top Country Albums 3


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
US Country Airplay
2011 "Crazy Girl" 1 30 66
2012 "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" 1 29 56
"Say Goodnight" 31 22 110
"—" denotes releases that did not chart