Meet in the Middle

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This article is about the song. For the cryptographic attack, see Meet-in-the-middle attack.
"Meet in the Middle"
Meet in the middle single.jpg
Single by Diamond Rio
from the album Diamond Rio
B-side "The Ballad of Conley and Billy"
Released February 11, 1991
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded 1989
Genre Country
Length 3:20
Label Arista Nashville 2182
Writer(s) Chapin Hartford, Jim Foster, Don Pfrimmer
Producer(s) Monty Powell, Tim DuBois
Diamond Rio singles chronology
"Meet in the Middle"
"Mirror, Mirror"

"Meet in the Middle" is a song recorded by American country music band Diamond Rio. It was released in February 1991 as their debut single, and was served as the first single from the album Diamond Rio. The single reached Number One on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, making Diamond Rio the first country music band in history to have its debut single reach Number One. The song was written by Don Pfrimmer, Chapin Hartford and Jim Foster.


"Meet in the Middle" is a mid-tempo describing two people who learn how to "meet in the middle". In the first verse, they are friends who live far apart, and agree to meet at a tree between their houses. By the second verse, they are married (the ceremony taking place underneath said tree), and upon looking at the tree (now in their front yard), they are reminded to put their differences aside when they disagree.

The song features accompaniment from banjo and mandolin, with some Hammond organ flourishes.

Music video[edit]

This was their first music video and it was directed by Eric Straton and premiered in early 1991.

Chart positions[edit]

"Meet in the Middle" peaked at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in mid-1991, making Diamond Rio the first country music band in history to have its debut single reach Number One.[1][2]

Chart (1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 46
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 16


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Allmusic ((( Diamond Rio > Biography )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Diamond Rio Biography". Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1544." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. June 15, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Diamond Rio – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Diamond Rio.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

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Preceded by
"In a Different Light"
by Doug Stone
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

June 1-June 8, 1991
Succeeded by
"If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)"
by Joe Diffie
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

June 15-June 22, 1991
Succeeded by
"The Thunder Rolls"
by Garth Brooks