Wake Up Lovin' You

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"Wake Up Lovin' You"
Single by Craig Morgan
from the album The Journey (Livin' Hits)
ReleasedJuly 8, 2013 (2013-07-08)
FormatMusic download
LabelBlack River
  • Craig Morgan
  • Phil O'Donnell[1]
Craig Morgan singles chronology
"More Trucks Than Cars"
"Wake Up Lovin' You"
"We'll Come Back Around"

"Wake Up Lovin' You" is a song written by Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen, and sung by American country music singer Craig Morgan. It was released in July 2013 as the first single from his album The Journey (Livin' Hits).


The song is a midtempo ballad about a man who, despite being parted from his lover, is unable to forget her despite his actions.[2]

Morgan told The Boot that "I really believe that this will be the song of my career, because it’s a turning point."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Giving it a "B+", Joseph Hudak of Country Weekly compared the song's theme favorably to "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" by Kris Kristofferson, and said that the song was "dark stuff" for Morgan.[2] It received 4 out of 5 stars from Billy Dukes of Taste of Country, who wrote that "The strength of the vocals rub against the vulnerability of the lyrics and story. The production plays a role in creating this big sturdy ballad, as well."[4]

Music video[edit]

Kristin Barlowe directed the song's music video.

Chart performance[edit]

The song received sufficient airplay to enter the Country Airplay chart at No. 57 for the chart dated July 27, 2013. It debuted on the Hot Country Songs at No. 48 on November 16, 2013. The song has sold 243,000 copies in the U.S. as of May 2014.[5]

Chart (2013-2014) Peak
Canada Country (Billboard)[6] 40
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 99
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[8] 14
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 20

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 63
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 73


Two of the original songwriters, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen, are members of the band Old Dominion, who perform the song regularly at concerts and has recorded their own cover.


  1. ^ "Craig Morgan Digitally Releases Acclaimed New Single "Wake Up Lovin' You" From Upcoming Album". Craig Morgan. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Hudak, Joseph (22 July 2013). "Reviews: 'Wake Up Lovin' You'". Country Weekly. 20 (29): 50. ISSN 1074-3235.
  3. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (4 September 2013). "Craig Morgan Interview: Singer Talks New Album, Career Single". The Boot. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (24 June 2013). "Craig Morgan, 'Wake Up Loving You' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  5. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 21, 2014). "Country Chart News: The Top 30 Digital Singles For May 21, 2014". Roughstock.
  6. ^ "Craig Morgan Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Craig Morgan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Craig Morgan Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Craig Morgan Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 15, 2014" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 15, 2014. p. 17. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  11. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.