Man to Man (Gary Allan song)

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"Man to Man"
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Single by Gary Allan
from the album Alright Guy
Released September 30, 2002
Recorded 2001
Genre Country
Length 3:43
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Jamie O'Hara
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Mark Wright
Gary Allan singles chronology
"The One"
"Man to Man"
"Tough Little Boys"

"Man to Man" is a song written by Jamie O'Hara, and recorded by American country music singer Gary Allan. It was released in September 2002 as the third and final single from Allan's album Alright Guy, and his first single to reach number one. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in March 2003 and peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.


The song's narrator tells his significant others ex-boyfriend that it was his fault that she had left him and that it's too late to get her back. He states that they should have a conversation "man to man".

Critical reception[edit]

Rick Cohoon of Allmusic in his review, states that the lyrics are "harsh and realistic" but "maybe a bit too glib for Allan’s good." Cohoon states that "‘You want her back, and it’s too late/why don’t we call a spade a spade’ summarizes the song’s tone, but comes across as too abrasive." He states that the writing makes it seem like the situation could have happened to the writer, Jamie O'Hara.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

"Man to Man" debuted at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of October 5, 2002.

Chart (2002-2003) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 25

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 15


External links[edit]

Preceded by
"The Baby"
by Blake Shelton
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 15, 2003
Succeeded by
"Travelin' Soldier"
by Dixie Chicks