Third Rock from the Sun (song)

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"Third Rock from the Sun"
Third Rock from the Sun single.jpg
Single by Joe Diffie
from the album Third Rock from the Sun
Released July 4, 1994
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:06 (album version)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Sterling Whipple, Tony Martin, John Greenebaum
Producer(s) Joe Diffie, Johnny Slate
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"In My Own Backyard"
"Third Rock from the Sun"
"Pickup Man"
"In My Own Backyard"
"Third Rock from the Sun"
"Pickup Man"

"Third Rock from the Sun" is a song written by Sterling Whipple, Tony Martin and John Greenebaum, and recorded by American country music artist Joe Diffie. It was released in July 1994 as the lead single and title track from his album Third Rock from the Sun. The song became Diffie's third Number One single on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart. The song also became his first number one hit since "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)" in 1991.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song unfavorably, saying that the title is ripped off from Jimi Hendrix (Third Stone from the Sun) and the "twisted plot falls somewhere between "Smokey and the Bandit" and Back to the Future." She goes on to say that the song "somehow manages to obscure even Diffie's world-class voice in a confusing avalanche of lyrics."[1] Jim Ridley of New Country magazine described the song with favor, saying that the song was "the funniest and most jaw-dropping string of calamaties...since Bo Diddley bungled his way through 'Cops and Robbers'."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Roger Pistole and premiered in mid-1994.

Chart positions[edit]

"Third Rock from the Sun" debuted at number 53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 16, 1994.

Chart (1994) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 84
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 23
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 3
Preceded by
"XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)" by Trisha Yearwood
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
September 24 – October 1, 1994
Succeeded by
"Who's That Man" by Toby Keith
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
October 3–10, 1994
Succeeded by
"One Good Man" by Michelle Wright



  1. ^ Billboard, July 2, 1994
  2. ^ Ridley, Jim (September 1994). "Reviews: Third Rock from the Sun". New Country: 56–57. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2611." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 3, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Joe Diffie – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Joe Diffie.
  5. ^ "Joe Diffie – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Joe Diffie.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.