On Second Thought

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"On Second Thought"
Eddie Rabbitt - On Second Thought single.png
Single by Eddie Rabbitt
from the album Jersey Boy
B-side "Only One Love In My Life"
Released November 1989
Genre Country
Length 3:37
Label Capitol Nashville
Songwriter(s) Eddie Rabbitt
Producer(s) Richard Landis
Eddie Rabbitt singles chronology
"That's Why I Fell in Love with You"
"On Second Thought"
"Runnin' with the Wind"
"That's Why I Fell in Love with You"
"On Second Thought"
"Runnin' with the Wind"

"On Second Thought" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Eddie Rabbitt. [1] It was released in November 1989 as the first single from the album Jersey Boy. The song topped both the United States and Canadian country charts for two weeks in 1990. It was the final No. 1 song for Rabbitt,[2] who died from lung cancer in 1998.[3]

The song marked a return to traditional country for Rabbitt since his emergence as a crossover success in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It had been described as a "country shuffle." [4] A re-recorded version of the song was also included on his 1997 album Beatin' the Odds.[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced for the song, and was directed by Steve Boyle. It has aired on The Nashville Network, CMT and GAC.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989–90) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 21
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 3


  1. ^ Dillon, Charlotte. Jersey Boy, Allmusic.
  2. ^ Eddie Rabbitt > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles, Allmusic
  3. ^ " Eddie Rabbitt, 56, Whose Songs Zigzagged From Pop to Country", The New York Times, 1998-05-09.
  4. ^ Eddie Rabbitt Biography, CMT.
  5. ^ Dillon, Charlotte. Beatin' the Odds, Allmusic.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9198." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 3, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  7. ^ "Eddie Rabbitt – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Eddie Rabbitt.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
Preceded by
"Southern Star"
by Alabama
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

February 17, 1990
Succeeded by
"No Matter How High"
by The Oak Ridge Boys
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 3, 1990