The Good Stuff

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"The Good Stuff"
Single by Kenny Chesney
from the album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
B-side "A Lot of Things Different"
Released May 6, 2002
Format CD single, 7" 45 RPM
Genre Country
Length 3:20
Label BNA 69172
Writer(s) Craig Wiseman
Jim Collins
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon
Norro Wilson
Kenny Chesney singles chronology
"The Good Stuff"
"A Lot of Things Different"

"The Good Stuff" is a song written by Jim Collins and Craig Wiseman, and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in May 2002 as the second single from his album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.

The song was Chesney's fifth Number One single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.[1] At the time, it was also his longest-lasting Number One, having spent a total of seven weeks at the top of the charts (a record since tied by his 2003 single "There Goes My Life"). It was also named as the Number One country music single of 2002 according to Billboard, and it reached Number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


"The Good Stuff" is a mid-tempo song based on different meanings of the phrase "the good stuff". In the first verse, the narrator explains that he has just had a fight with his wife, so he goes to a bar. Seeing only the bartender in the bar, he then asks for "the good stuff" (i.e., a good alcoholic beverage). The bartender then explains that the "good stuff", which cannot be found at the bar, is the love between a man and woman, and the memories that they make together, such as "dropping the ring in the spaghetti plate / 'Cause your hands are shaking so much".

In the second verse, the narrator and the bartender begin conversing, when the narrator notices a picture on the bar. The bartender explains that the picture is of his wife who died of cancer. He also says that for several years after her death, he began drinking regularly, sobering up only after realizing that the memories of the love that they shared are "the one thing stronger than the whiskey".

The bartender, in the song's bridge, then suggests that the male go home and apologize to his wife: "When you get home, she'll start to cry / When she says 'I'm sorry', say 'so am I' / Look into those eyes so deep in love / And drink it up / 'Cause that's the good stuff".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Shaun Silva and released in April 2002. It is noted that Chesney looks darker in this video. It consists largely of him recording the song, singing in front of a wall containing a few pictures, and at a bar talking to the bartender (played by a good friend of Chesney's.)

Chart positions[edit]

"The Good Stuff" debuted at number 53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of May 4, 2002.

Chart (2002) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 22

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "ASCAP Celebrates 41st Annual Country Music Awards". ASCAP. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Kenny Chesney – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kenny Chesney.
  3. ^ "Kenny Chesney – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kenny Chesney.
  4. ^ "Best of 2002: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2002. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "American single certifications – Kenny Chesney – The Good Stuff". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 30, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
"Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)"
by Toby Keith
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

July 27—September 7, 2002
Succeeded by
by Tim McGraw
Preceded by
"Ain't Nothing 'bout You"
by Brooks & Dunn
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"My Front Porch Looking In"
by Lonestar