Rated "X"

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"Rated "X""
Single by Loretta Lynn
from the album Entertainer of the Year – Loretta
B-side "Till the Pain Outwards the Shame"
Released November 20, 1972
Genre Country
Label Decca
Writer(s) Loretta Lynn
Producer(s) Owen Bradley
Loretta Lynn singles chronology
"Here I Am Again"
"Rated "X""
"Love Is the Foundation"

"Rated "X"" is a 1972 single written and recorded by Loretta Lynn. "Rated 'X'" was Lynn's sixth number one country single as a solo artist. The single spent one week at number one and a total of fourteen weeks on the chart.[1] The song dealt with the stigma faced by divorced women during the early 1970s, and was regarded as somewhat controversial at the time, due to its frank language.

In 2001, a live cover version was used as the B-side of the "Hotel Yorba" single by The White Stripes.

The song was covered by Neko Case on her 2004 live album The Tigers Have Spoken.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972–1973) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 209. 
Preceded by
"I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me"
by Merle Haggard
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 24, 1973
Succeeded by
"The Lord Knows I'm Drinking"
by Cal Smith
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 10-February 17, 1973
Succeeded by
"'Til I Get It Right"
by Tammy Wynette