Rollin' with the Flow

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"Rollin' with the Flow"
Single by Charlie Rich
from the album Rollin' with the Flow
B-side To Sing a Love Song
Released May 1977
Format 7"
Recorded April 1977
Genre Country
Length 2:43
Label Epic 50392
Writer(s) Jerry Hayes
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
Charlie Rich singles chronology
"My Mountain Dew"
"Rollin' with the Flow"
"Beautiful Woman"

"Rollin' with the Flow" is a song, released in 1977, by American country music artist Charlie Rich. The single was his eighth Number One on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.[1] "Rollin' with the Flow" also crossed over into the top-40 of the adult contemporary music charts as well.

The mid-tempo song is sung from the perspective of a man who, despite being at an age when most of his peers have started raising families (at least 30 years old according to the first line), still lives a hard-partying, rock-and-roll lifestyle more in tune with far younger men. The song also makes reference to his Christian faith, noting that he knows he cannot continue like this in heaven (thus why he does it while he is still alive) and that he will eventually be forgiven, not just by Jesus, but his "crazy friends" as well.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[3] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 32
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 100
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 35
Preceded by
"It Was Almost Like a Song"
by Ronnie Milsap
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

August 6-August 13, 1977
Succeeded by
"Way Down"
by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
"Susan Flowers"
by Dick Damron
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 3, 1977

Mark Chesnutt version[edit]

"Rollin' with the Flow"
Single by Mark Chesnutt
from the album Rollin' with the Flow
Released August 2007
Genre Country
Length 2:47
Label Lofton Creek
Producer(s) Jimmy Ritchey
Mark Chesnutt singles chronology
"Heard It in a Love Song"
"Rollin' with the Flow"
"When You Love Her Like Crazy"

In 2007, country music artist Mark Chesnutt recorded a cover version which is the title song for an album released on June 24, 2008. Chesnutt's cover version has entered the country music charts, becoming his first Top 40 hit since "I'm a Saint" in late 2004-early 2005, peaking at number 25. It was released thirty years after Rich's version.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007–2008) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 25


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 289. 
  2. ^ "Charlie Rich – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Charlie Rich.
  3. ^ "Charlie Rich – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Charlie Rich.
  4. ^ "Charlie Rich – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Charlie Rich.
  5. ^ "Mark Chesnutt – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Mark Chesnutt.

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