That's What I Love About Sunday

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"That's What I Love About Sunday"
Craig morgan single.jpg
Single by Craig Morgan
from the album My Kind of Livin'
Released November 1, 2004
Genre Country
Length 3:21
Label Broken Bow
Writer(s) Adam Dorsey
Mark Narmore
Producer(s) Craig Morgan
Phil O'Donnell
Craig Morgan singles chronology
"Look at Us"
(2004)
"That's What I Love About Sunday"
(2005)
"Redneck Yacht Club"
(2005)

"That's What I Love About Sunday" is a song written by Adam Dorsey and Mark Narmore, and recorded by American country music artist Craig Morgan. It was released in November 2004 as the first single from his album My Kind of Livin'. In early 2005, it became his only number one single, spending four weeks atop the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1] In addition, it was declared the number-one song of 2005 according to Billboard, as well as the first Number One for any artist on the Broken Bow label.

Background[edit]

"That's What I Love About Sunday" was the first independently distributed single to top the country chart since 2000. The song was also the first independently distributed single to notch a second week at number one since 1977 when the Kendalls spent four weeks at the top with "Heaven's Just a Sin Away."[2]

Morgan told Billboard, "What the fans say and what we hear is that I make a big deal out of the little things in life. And that is who I am. It's those little things in life that are important to me. Simple things like the smell of fresh cut grass. That what 'Sunday' was about."[3]

Mark Narmore and Adam Dorsey wrote the song while meeting at a Chinese restaurant. In an interview with Country Weekly magazine, Narmore said that many of the people mentioned in the song are based on real-life family and friends: "My mother's name is Betty...and the kid that broke the window is based on something that happened when I was about 10 years old." Adam adds, "Our best friends at church are the Martins, though they don't have a mean freckle-faced kid."[4]

Content[edit]

A mid-tempo ballad, "That's What I Love About Sunday" is an ode to typical southern Sunday activities, such as attending church services, fishing, playing a back yard game of football, eating a traditional Sunday dinner, and relaxing with family.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Shaun Silva and premiered in November 2004.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004-2005) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 51
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Stark, Phyllis. "Morgan Brings Indie Broken Bow A No. 1." Billboard 117.14 (2005): 26. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Havighurst, Craig. "Craig Morgan And Broken Bow Records Raise The Bar." Billboard 118.44 (2006): 87. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 7 June 2011.
  4. ^ Paxman, Bob (April 20, 2005). "STORY BEHIND THE SONG: "THAT'S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SUNDAY"". Country Weekly. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Craig Morgan – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Craig Morgan.
  6. ^ "Craig Morgan – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Craig Morgan.
  7. ^ "Best of 2005: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2005. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
Preceded by
"Nothin' to Lose"
by Josh Gracin
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 26-April 16, 2005
Succeeded by
"Anything but Mine"
by Kenny Chesney
Preceded by
"Live Like You Were Dying"
by Tim McGraw
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single of the year

2005
Succeeded by
"If You're Going Through Hell
(Before the Devil Even Knows)
"
by Rodney Atkins