Stealing Cinderella

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"Stealing Cinderella"
Chuck Wicks Stealing Cinderella.jpg
Single by Chuck Wicks
from the album Starting Now
Released September 10, 2007 (2007-09-10)
Format CD single
music download
Genre Country
Length 4:04
Label RCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) Chuck Wicks
George Teren
Rivers Rutherford
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Monty Powell
Chuck Wicks singles chronology
"Stealing Cinderella"
"All I Ever Wanted"
"Stealing Cinderella"
"All I Ever Wanted"

"Stealing Cinderella" is a debut song recorded by American country music artist Chuck Wicks. It was released in September 2007 as the first single from the album Starting Now. The song was co-written by Wicks along with songwriters George Teren and Rivers Rutherford. The single produced the biggest debut for any new country artist in all of 2007, with fifty-two Billboard-monitored stations in the United States adding the song in its first official week of airplay.[1][2] Overall, the song peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

On August 25, 2007, Wicks performed the song at his Grand Ole Opry debut.[3] In October 2007, Wicks was invited by University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer to perform "Stealing Cinderella" at the wedding of Fulmer's daughter Courtney.[1]


"Stealing Cinderella" is a ballad which, through allusions to the fairy tale of Cinderella, the narrator tells of a conversation with his girlfriend's father, asking for the father's permission to marry his daughter.[1][4]


Engine 145 reviewer Brady Vercher gave the song a "thumbs up" review. Although he thought that it was unusual to use Cinderella for a comparison (as Cinderella's father died in the fairy tale), and that the song's verses "gloss[ed] over" the allusions to the fairy tale, he nonetheless said that he could identify with the sentiment of the song's central character.[4]

Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel included the song on a list of "The Worst Songs to Play During a Father-Daughter Wedding Dance". She added "I do appreciate how this song painstakingly restores antique attitudes and presents them in a clear twangy glass display case... But I can't get over the flawed parallel that is central to this song's entire thesis: in the fairy tale, Cinderella's dad is dead. So unless the father in the song is an IRL ghost, it doesn't even make sense." [5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Stealing Cinderella" debuted at number 53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of September 8, 2007.[6] Fifty-two of the country music stations on Billboard's panel added the song in its first official week of airplay, boosting it to number 42 that week.[2]

Chart (2007–08) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 56
US Billboard Pop 100 99
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 81

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 32


  1. ^ a b c "Chuck Wicks performs "Stealing Cinderella" at wedding of UT coach's daughter". Country Standard Time. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Chuck Wicks debut single". Country Standard Time. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Chuck Wicks Kicks Off Whirlwind Weekend with Grand Ole Opry Debut". RCA Records. 2010-08-21. Archived from the original on 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Chuck Wicks - "Stealing Cinderella"". Engine 145. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  5. ^ The Worst Songs to Play During a Father-Daughter Wedding Dance at
  6. ^ "Billboard Hot Country Songs chart listing for "Stealing Cinderella"". Retrieved 2007-11-11. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Chuck Wicks – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Chuck Wicks.
  8. ^ "Chuck Wicks – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Chuck Wicks.
  9. ^ "Chuck Wicks – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Chuck Wicks.
  10. ^ "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 

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