Ride (Martina McBride song)

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Martina McBride - Ride.jpg
Single by Martina McBride
from the album Shine
Released November 17, 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Country
Length 3:56 (Album/Single Version)
4:03 (Live Wal-Mart Version)
3:31 (Lenny B Radio Edit)
Label RCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) Michael Davey
Andrew Dorff
Chris Robbins
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Martina McBride
Martina McBride singles chronology
"For These Times"
"I Just Call You Mine"
Music video
"Ride" at CMT.com

"Ride" is a song written by Michael Davey, Andrew Dorff and Chris Robbins, and performed by American country music singer Martina McBride. It was released in November 2008 as the first single from her album Shine, produced by her and Dann Huff.


"Ride" is an up-tempo song with a motivational theme. In it, the narrator uses a roller coaster as a metaphor for life.


The song received a "thumbs down" from Engine 145 reviewer Juli Thanki, who commented that "though catchy, [the song] is a little low on cogency–not to mention originality." She also criticized it for being a "message song" in the line of McBride's other 2000s releases. She did, however, make note of McBride's vocal performance, saying that it showed emotion and was not reliant on "overly dramatic belting".[1] Kevin Coyne of Country Universe, however, gave the song an A- rating. His review also describes McBride's vocal performance favorably: "McBride gives the song a straightforward performance that’s rough around the edges in all of the right ways."[2]

"Ride" was nominated for Female Video of the Year in the 2009 CMT Music Awards.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Ride" was directed by Kristin Barlowe, and was released on February 2, 2009. In the video, people are seen looking up at McBride's video on a rooftop billboard. On the billboard, McBride is shown performing her song in front of a green screen as high-speed images of weather elements and traffic cycle behind her. This excites the pedestrians, and they begin dancing, jumping on cars, and enjoy themselves.

The video was ranked number 41 on GAC's Top 50 Videos of the Year.

Chart performance[edit]

"Ride" debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart at number 43 in November 2008. The song peaked at number 11 in April 2009, just missing the Top 10.

Chart (2008–2009) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 82

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 56


  1. ^ Thanki, Juli (2008-11-20). "Martina McBride — "Ride"". Engine 145. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  2. ^ Coyne, Kevin J. (2008-11-01). "Martina McBride — "Ride"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Martina McBride – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Martina McBride.
  5. ^ "Martina McBride – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Martina McBride.
  6. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 

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