Toes (Zac Brown Band song)

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Single by Zac Brown Band
from the album The Foundation
Released July 6, 2009 (2009-07-06)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 4:21 (Album Version)
3:53 (Single Edit)
Label Atlantic/Home Grown/Big Picture
Writer(s) Zac Brown
Wyatt Durette
John Driskell Hopkins
Shawn Mullins
Producer(s) Zac Brown
Keith Stegall
Certification Gold (Music Canada)[1]
Platinum (RIAA)
Zac Brown Band singles chronology
"Whatever It Is"
"Highway 20 Ride"
Music video
"Toes" on YouTube

"Toes" is a song recorded by the Zac Brown Band, an American country music band. Lead singer Zac Brown and bass guitarist John Driskell Hopkins co-wrote the song with Shawn Mullins and Wyatt Durette. It is the third single from Zac Brown Band's 2008 major-label debut album The Foundation, as well as the third top ten country hit and second number one for the band.


Zac Brown wrote "Toes" with Wyatt Durette (with whom he co-wrote the band's first two singles, "Chicken Fried" and "Whatever It Is") along with the band's bass guitarist John Driskell Hopkins and musician Shawn Mullins.[2] According to Brown, Durette phoned him at six o'clock one morning during his 30th birthday vacation in Key West, and provided him with the idea for the song.[2]

In the song, the male narrator describes a relaxing trip to Mexico from Georgia, or "G-A." Throughout the verses, he tells of the "pretty señoritas" and "muchachas" that he encounters, as well as the copious alcoholic drinks that he consumes. In the final pre-chorus, the narrator runs out of money, returns home and continues to relax there.[3]


The version released to most radio stations replaces the line "I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand" from the chorus with "[…]toes in the sand" and edits out the line "roll a big fat one" from a later chorus. These edits were met with different responses from those involved with the creation of the song. Durette said, "If people like the song, they are going to buy it and they end up with the real version. So while it’s not the greatest, it’s not the end of the world either," while Brown said that he would rather have the song not played at all than have an edited version played.[4]

Music video[edit]

According to Brown, the song's music video includes a central character named "Flody Boatwood" and several cameo appearances.[2] including Kid Rock. This video is directed by Darren Doane. It was released July 7, 2009. Portions of the music video were shot at Daniel's Grocery off of Pilgrim Mill Road in Forsyth County, Georgia and also on Lake Lanier.

Critical reception[edit]

The song has been met with positive critical reception, usually with comparisons to the musical styles of Jimmy Buffett. Mark Deming, in his Allmusic review of the album, compared "Toes" and "Where the Boat Leaves From" to Buffett's material, saying that both songs were "devoted to the joys of getting buzzed and playing music in some seaside locale with good weather."[5] Pierce Greenberg of Engine 145 also compared it to "Where the Boat Leaves From," saying that "Toes" had a "more refreshing look at the same 'let’s get away to the beach' theme" and "one fiesta of a chorus."[3] On the same site, Sam Gazdziak gave the song a thumbs-up, saying that it had "[a] more realistic scenario" in comparison to Kenny Chesney's Buffett-influenced songs.[6] Billboard critic Ken Tucker said that it was a "tropical treat" in Buffett's tradition,[7] and Bobby Peacock of Roughstock said that it "may just be one of the best summer songs to hit country radio in quite some time."[8]

Commercial success[edit]

Toes became the third consecutive single to reach the Top 5 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and the second to reach #1. It also became the band's third consecutive single to peak in the Top 30 on the all genre Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA on February 22, 2010,[9] and by May 2015, sales had reached over 3 million copies in the United States.[10] As of July 2015, the song has sold 3,024,000 copies in the US.[11]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Only You Can Love Me This Way"
by Keith Urban
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

November 7-November 14, 2009
Succeeded by
"Cowboy Casanova"
by Carrie Underwood


  1. ^ "Canadian digital certifications – Zac Brown Band – Toes". Music Canada. 
  2. ^ a b c Graff, Gary (2009-05-28). "Zac Brown Band builds solid "Foundation"". Billboard. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Greenberg, Pierce (2008-11-20). "The Foundation review". Engine 145. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Retrieved 2010-2-2
  5. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Foundation review". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Sam Gazdziak (2009-08-10). "Zac Brown Band — "Toes"". Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  7. ^ Tucker, Ken (2008-11-22). "Music reviews". Billboard: 77. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  8. ^ Peacock, Bobby (2009-07-19). "Zac Brown Band — "Toes"". Roughstock. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  9. ^ a b "American single certifications – Zac Brown Band – Toes". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 28, 2015). "Country Music's Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of May 27, 2015". 
  11. ^ a b Matt Bjorke (July 13, 2015). "The Top 30 Digital Country Singles: July 13, 2015". Roughstock. 
  12. ^ "Zac Brown – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Zac Brown. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "Zac Brown – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Zac Brown. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  14. ^ "Zac Brown – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Zac Brown. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  15. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Zac Brown Band – Toes". Music Canada.