That's the Way (Jo Dee Messina song)

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"That's the Way"
Single by Jo Dee Messina
from the album Burn
B-side "Even God Must Get the Blues"
Released May 15, 2000
Format CD Single
Genre Country
Length 3:21
Label Curb
Writer(s) Annie Roboff, Holly Lamar
Producer(s) Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
Jo Dee Messina singles chronology
"Because You Love Me"
"That's the Way"
Music video
"That's the Way" at

"That's the Way" is a song written by Annie Roboff and Holly Lamar, and recorded by American country music singer Jo Dee Messina. It was released in May 2000 as lead-off single for her album Burn. The song spent four weeks at the top of the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs), and was her highest-peaking single on the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached number 25.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that Messina "injects personality galore" into this song. She goes on to call the production, "sonically ambitious, featuring neat percussive elements, tempo changes, and those heavy, layered vocals that Nashville producers are so fond of these days."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Thom Oliphant and premiered in mid-2000. It features Messina performing the song from various rooms, both solo and joined by backup dancers. Messina and others are also shown throughout the video climbing the walls and ceiling of the rooms, appearing to defy gravity.

Track listings[edit]

U.S. CD Single

  1. "That's the Way" - 3:23
  2. "Even God Must Get the Blues" - 3:52

UK CD Single

  1. "That's the Way" - 3:21
  2. "Stand Beside Me" - 3:41

UK Promo CD Single

  1. "That's the Way" (UK Radio Remix) - 3:21

Chart performance[edit]

"That's the Way" debuted at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 20, 2000.

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 25
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (2000) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks[5] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 74


  1. ^ Billboard, May 13, 2000 - Vol. 112, No. 20
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7161." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 21, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "Jo Dee Messina – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Jo Dee Messina.
  4. ^ "Jo Dee Messina – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jo Dee Messina.
  5. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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Preceded by
"It Must Be Love"
by Alan Jackson
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

September 16-October 7, 2000
Succeeded by
"Kiss This"
by Aaron Tippin
Preceded by
"What About Now"
by Lonestar
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 21-September 11, 2000
Succeeded by
"What About Now"
by Lonestar
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 25-October 9, 2000
Succeeded by
"Go On"
by George Strait