The Cheap Seats

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"The Cheap Seats"
Alabama Cheap Seats single.png
Single by Alabama
from the album Cheap Seats
B-side "This Love's on Me"
Released April 11, 1994 (1994-04-11)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:54
Label RCA
Writer(s) Marcus Hummon, Randy Sharp
Producer(s) Alabama
Larry Michael Lee
Josh Leo
Alabama singles chronology
"T.L.C. A.S.A.P."
"The Cheap Seats"
"We Can't Love Like This Anymore"

"The Cheap Seats" is a song written by Marcus Hummon and Randy Sharp, and recorded by American country music group Alabama. It was released in April 1994 as the third single and title track from their album Cheap Seats. The song reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in mid-1994.[1] It also peaked at number 6 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Dan Cooper of Allmusic called the song "way cute" in his review of the album.[2] Tom Roland of New Country magazine praised the song for "avoiding the now-stale Dixie tributes" that were present in the band's other songs.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Deaton-Flanigen and features the band at a baseball game. It is strongly implied that Des Moines is the "middle-sized town" in question, as it does indeed have a AAA minor league team (Iowa Cubs) and is in fact "in the middle of the Midwest". It was filmed at historic Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and also in the band's hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama.

Chart performance[edit]

"The Cheap Seats" debuted at number sixty five on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 16, 1994.

Chart (1994) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 6
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 77


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 19. 
  2. ^ Cooper, Dan. "Cheap Seats review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Roland, Tom (March 1994). "Album reviews: Cheap Seats". New Country. 1 (1): 48–49. ISSN 1074-536X. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2521." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 4, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Alabama – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alabama.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.