Reckless (Alabama song)

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Single by Alabama
from the album Cheap Seats
B-side "Clear Water Blues"[1]
Released August 30, 1993
Format CD Single
Recorded January 1, 1993
Genre Country
Length 3:15
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Michael Clark
Jeff Stevens
Producer(s) Alabama
Larry Michael Lee
Josh Leo
Alabama singles chronology
"Hometown Honeymoon"
"T.L.C. A.S.A.P."
"Hometown Honeymoon"
"T.L.C. A.S.A.P."

"Reckless" is a song written by Michael Clark and Jeff Stevens, and recorded by American country music group Alabama. It was released in September 1993 as the first single from their album, Cheap Seats. The song was their final number one the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart until May 2011, when they reached the number one position again with a guest vocal on Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama".


The song's narrator wants to take his lover in his Thunderbird, and wants for him and her to forget and care less about their current lives and live and love recklessly.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song unfavorably, saying that it is a "recycled, B-movie Bruce tune." She goes on to say that if Alabama keeps recording songs like these than the band "might as well go ahead and change its name to New Jersey."[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[4] 23
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 15
Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 78


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 19. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Billboard, September 4, 1993
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2310." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 27, 1993. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alabama Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)" Billboard.
  5. ^ "Alabama Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
Preceded by
"Almost Goodbye"
by Mark Chesnutt
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

November 27, 1993
Succeeded by
"American Honky-Tonk Bar Association"
by Garth Brooks
Preceded by
"She Used to Be Mine"
by Brooks & Dunn
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

November 27, 1993
Succeeded by
"I'm Somebody"
by Charlie Major

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