On a Good Night (song)

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"On a Good Night"
On a Good Night single.jpg
Single by Wade Hayes
from the album On a Good Night
B-side "Steady as She Goes"
Released May 7, 1996[1]
Format CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded 1996
Genre Country
Length 3:09
Label Columbia Nashville 78312
Songwriter(s) Larry Boone, Don Cook, Paul Nelson
Producer(s) Don Cook
Wade Hayes singles chronology
"What I Meant to Say"
"On a Good Night"
"Where Do I Go to Start All Over"

"On a Good Night" is a song written by Larry Boone, Don Cook and Paul Nelson, and recorded by American country music artist Wade Hayes. It was released in May 1996 as the lead-off single and title from Hayes' album On a Good Night. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and number 4 on the Canadian RPM country singles chart. It is his second highest-peaking single.


The song is an uptempo ode to what really makes a good night. The narrator discusses many different things that occur during a good night, including meeting a woman.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that Hayes sounds more self-assured and confident than on previous singles. She goes on to say that the combination of Cook's and Hayes' vocals make for an extremely appealing single.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video, like most of Wade Hayes' videos, was directed by Steven Goldmann. It takes place at a party in a barn. Wade is inside playing on stage. The video focuses on a clumsy woman that he notices in the audience who keeps falling down and even interrupts the song when she trips and disconnects the power cord.

Chart performance[edit]

"On a Good Night" debuted at number sixty-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 11, 1996.

Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 22
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 20