On the Other Hand

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For the Michel Camilo album, see On the Other Hand (album).
"On the Other Hand"
Single by Randy Travis
from the album Storms of Life
B-side "Can't Stop Now" 1985
"1982" 1986
Released June 1985 (original release)
April 1986 (reissue)
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded January 1985
Genre Country
Length 3:05
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning, Keith Stegall
Randy Travis singles chronology
"On the Other Hand"
"Diggin' Up Bones"

"On the Other Hand" is a country music song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. First recorded by Keith Whitley on his 1985 album L.A. to Miami, it was later released by Randy Travis as the lead-off single to his album Storms of Life, and it peaked at #67 in the United States. However, it was re-released in April 1986 after the song "1982" peaked, and the re-release was his first number-one hit in both the United States and Canada.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 67


Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Until I Met You"
by Judy Rodman
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 26, 1986
Succeeded by
"Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her"
by George Strait
Preceded by
"Hearts Aren't Made to Break (They're Made to Love)"
by Lee Greenwood
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 2, 1986
Succeeded by
"All Tied Up"
by Ronnie McDowell


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 351. 

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