On the Other Hand

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"On the Other Hand"
On the Other Hand single.jpg
Single by Randy Travis
from the album Storms of Life
B-side"Can't Stop Now" (1985)
"1982" (1986)
ReleasedJuly 29, 1985 (original release)
April 21, 1986 (reissue)
RecordedJanuary 1985
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s)Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz
Producer(s)Kyle Lehning, Keith Stegall
Randy Travis singles chronology
"She's My Woman"
"On the Other Hand"

"On the Other Hand" is a song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, and recorded by American country music artist Randy Travis. It was first released as a single in July 1985, peaking at number 67 in the United States. It was Travis' first single with Warner Bros. Nashville and was only a minor hit. After the chart successes of Travis' next single, "1982", the label reissued "On the Other Hand" in April 1986, and it became his first number one hit in both the United States and Canada.[1] "On the Other Hand" and "1982" were both included on Travis' 1986 debut album, Storms of Life.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985–1986) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


Certifications for "On the Other Hand" re-issue
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 351.
  2. ^ "Randy Travis Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "American single certifications – Randy Travis – On the Other Hand". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 17, 2021.