Lucky Old Sun

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Lucky Old Sun
Studio album by Kenny Chesney
Released October 14, 2008 (2008-10-14)
Genre Country
Length 43:28
Label Blue Chair, BNA
Producer Buddy Cannon
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney chronology
Super Hits
(2008)Super Hits2008
Lucky Old Sun
Greatest Hits II
(2009)Greatest Hits II2009
Singles from Lucky Old Sun
  1. "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"
    Released: August 11, 2008
  2. "Down the Road"
    Released: November 10, 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (60/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]
BBC Music (mixed)[4]
Billboard (favorable)[5]
The Boston Globe (positive)[6]
Entertainment Weekly B[7]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[8]
The New York Times (positive)[9]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[10]
Slant 1/5 stars[11]

Lucky Old Sun is the twelfth studio album by country music artist Kenny Chesney, released on October 14, 2008 as the first release for Blue Chair Records, Chesney's personal division of the BNA Records record label. The album produced two singles in "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and "Down the Road", which were both number ones on the country charts. Chesney's versions of those two songs are also duets with The Wailers and Mac McAnally respectively. This was Kenny's first album since 1997's I Will Stand to not have a Top 40 hit on the pop chart.


The lead-off single, "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven", was released on August 11, 2008. In October, this song became a Number One hit on the Billboard country charts. The next single, "Down the Road", is a duet with Mac McAnally. MacAnally had previously released this a single for himself from his 1990 album Simple Life. This rendition has also reached Number One.

Two of this album's songs were previously recorded by Willie Nelson: "Ten with a Two" was previously a single in 1990 from his album Born for Trouble and "I'm Alive" was recorded on his album Moment of Forever. "That Lucky Old Sun", recorded as a duet with Nelson, is a cover of the 1949 pop standard made famous by Frankie Laine. Chesney's version of "I'm Alive", a duet with Dave Matthews, also appears on his 2009 compilation album Greatest Hits II, from which it was released as its second single in August 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'm Alive" (duet with Dave Matthews) Kenny Chesney, Dean Dillon, Mark Tamburino 3:19
2. "Way Down Here" Chesney, Casey Beathard, Tony Martin 5:52
3. "Boats" Chesney, Dillon, Scotty Emerick 4:36
4. "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" (featuring The Wailers) Jim Collins, Marty Dodson 4:13
5. "Down the Road" (duet with Mac McAnally) Mac McAnally 2:58
6. "Spirit of a Storm" Chesney, Brett James 3:36
7. "Ten with a Two" Jack Mack, Bill Nosworthy, Bo Roberts, Mack Vickery 3:11
8. "The Life" Beathard, James T. Slater 4:27
9. "Key's in the Conch Shell" Aaron Barker, Dillon, Emerick, Tom Gross 4:11
10. "Nowhere to Go, Nowhere to Be" Chesney 3:41
11. "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)" (duet with Willie Nelson) Beasley Smith, Haven Gillespie 4:15
Total length: 43:28


As listed in liner notes[12]

Chart performance[edit]


Lucky Old Sun debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200. It was also his fifth consecutive album to top the U.S. Top Country Albums chart. On July 2009 the album sold 720,000 copies in USA.

Chart (2008) Peak
Australian Albums Charts[13] 108
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1
Canadian Albums Chart 10


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US CAN
2008 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"
(featuring The Wailers)
1 41 49 * US: Gold[14]
"Down the Road" (featuring Mac McAnally) 1 47 57


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold


  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for Lucky Old Sun". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  2. ^ Sexton, Scott. "Kenny Chesney - 'Lucky Old Sun'". Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2008-10-21). "Lucky Old Sun - Kenny Chesney". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  4. ^ Quinn, Michael (2008-11-12). "Review of Kenny Chesney - Lucky Old Sun". BBC Music. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  5. ^ Tucker, Ken. "Lucky Old Sun". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  6. ^ Reed, James (2008-10-27). "Kenny Chesney (Lucky Old Sun)". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  7. ^ Chris Willman (2008-10-24). "Lucky Old Sun Review | Music Reviews and News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  8. ^ Randy Lewis (2008-10-15). "Chesney starts the healing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  9. ^ Jon Pareles (2008-10-19). "New CDs (Kenny Chesney: "Lucky Old Sun")". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  10. ^ Dave Heaton (2008-11-06). "Kenny Chesney: Lucky Old Sun". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  11. ^ Jonathan Keefe (2008-10-26). "Kenny Chesney: Lucky Old Sun | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  12. ^ Lucky Old Sun (Media notes). Kenny Chesney. Blue Chair/BNA Records. 2008. 88697-36726-2. 
  13. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Kenny Chesney – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Kenny Chesney – Lucky Old Sun". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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Preceded by
Paper Trail by T.I.
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
November 1, 2008
Succeeded by
Black Ice by AC/DC
Preceded by
Greatest Hits 3 by Tim McGraw
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 1, 2008 – November 8, 2008
Succeeded by
That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy by Toby Keith