Pickup Man

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"Pickup Man"
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Single by Joe Diffie
from the album Third Rock from the Sun
B-side "From Here on Out"
Released October 17, 1994
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:36
Label Epic
Writer(s) Howard Perdew
Kerry Kurt Phillips
Producer(s) Johnny Slate, Bob Montgomery
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"Third Rock from the Sun"
"Pickup Man"
"So Help Me Girl"

"Pickup Man" is a song written by Kerry Kurt Phillips and Howard Perdew, and recorded by American country music artist Joe Diffie. It was released in October 1994 as the second single from the album Third Rock from the Sun. The song was his longest-lasting Number One hit, having spent four weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts between December 1994 and January 1995.


The song, a moderate up-tempo, is about a man who reasons he can meet the woman of his dreams by driving a pickup truck. At one point, he is able to secure a ride for a high school homecoming queen. "Pickup man", in this sense, has a double meaning — i.e., he is not only driving a pickup truck, but he is also "picking up" women in it.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions. The majority of the music video for this song was filmed on location at a drive-in theater in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

In popular culture[edit]

In 2005, a rewritten version of "Pickup Man" was used in television commercials for the restaurant chain Applebee's, to promote their "Carside To Go" service.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

"Pickup Man" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of October 22, 1994.

Chart (1994–1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 60
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 66


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Preceded by
"If You've Got Love"
by John Michael Montgomery
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number one single

December 17, 1994—January 7, 1995
Succeeded by
"Not a Moment Too Soon"
by Tim McGraw