Mayberry (song)

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"Mayberry"
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Single by Rascal Flatts
from the album Melt
ReleasedDecember 29, 2003
FormatCD single
GenreCountry
Length4:32
LabelLyric Street
Songwriter(s)Arlos Smith
Producer(s)Mark Bright
Marty Williams
Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts singles chronology
"I Melt"
(2003)
"Mayberry"
(2003)
"Feels Like Today"
(2004)
"I Melt"
(2003)
"Mayberry"
(2003)
"Feels Like Today"
(2004)

"Mayberry" is a song written by Arlos Smith and recorded by American country music group Rascal Flatts. It was released in December 2003 as the fourth and final single from the band’s 2002 album Melt. The song became the group’s second number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It also peaked at number 21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming a crossover hit.

Background[edit]

Gary LeVox said of the song, "The banjo really stands out on this track. It tells a lot about life in 2002, how busy you can get being caught up in the rat race. It reminds me of my childhood and it’s a really cool tune--one of our favorites."[1]

Content[edit]

The song references the easy-going life lived in the fictional town of Mayberry, from The Andy Griffith Show. It depicts the way life used to be, before the world started changing and becoming so fast-paced. The song is set in the key of G-flat major albeit every following verse modulates to the key of F-sharp minor.

Chart performance[edit]

"Mayberry" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 3, 2004. On the week of May 22, 2004, "Mayberry" became the group's second number one hit.

Chart (2003–04) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 21

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] archived page from Rascalflatts.com from 2002
  2. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Best of 2004: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2004. Retrieved July 11, 2012.