Mayberry (song)

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Single by Rascal Flatts
from the album Melt
Released December 29, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Country
Length 4:32
Label Lyric Street
Writer(s) Arlos Smith
Producer(s) Mark Bright
Marty Williams
Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts singles chronology
"I Melt"
"Feels Like Today"

"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 their album Melt. The song reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and also peaked at number 21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, making it a crossover hit.


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]


The song references the easy-going life lived in the town of Mayberry, Virginia. It depicts the way life used to be, before the world started changing and becoming so fast paced. These words describe a place where "Sunday was a day of rest," you had time to sit on the porch and enjoy a nice Cola, everyone in town knew one another, and children spent the days playing outside or fishing with their fathers.

Chart performance[edit]

"Mayberry" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 3, 2004.

Chart (2003–04) Peak
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
Preceded by
"You'll Think of Me"
by Keith Urban
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

May 22, 2004
Succeeded by
"Redneck Woman"
by Gretchen Wilson


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