Wasted Time (Keith Urban song)

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"Wasted Time"
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Ripcord
Released 4 April 2016 (2016-04-04)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Length 3:53
  • Greg Wells
  • Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"Break on Me"
"Wasted Time"
"Blue Ain't Your Color"

"Break on Me"
"Wasted Time"
"Blue Ain't Your Color"

"Wasted Time" is a song co-written and recorded by New Zealand-born Australian country music artist Keith Urban. It was released on 4 April 2016 as the third single from his 2016 album Ripcord.


Ahead of the release of the song, as his final performance on American Idol, the show on which Urban has been a judge since 2012, he sang "Wasted Time", playing the "ganjocaster", a combination between a banjo and electric guitar built by his former bandmate Brian Nutter.[1]

Urban also performed the song at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards playing the banjo and earned a standing ovation from the crowd.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Wasted Time" has reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, becoming Urban's twentieth number one single. It reached number four on the Hot Country Songs chart and number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It topped the Country Airplay chart in its thirteenth week, making this song Urban's twentieth number one on this chart[2] and stayed atop the chart for a second consecutive week. As of August 2016, it has sold 269,000 copies in the U.S.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by John Urbano and premiered in April 2016.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000double-dagger

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


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  2. ^ Asker, Jim (June 28, 2016). "Jon Pardi Gets Started at No. 1; Keith Urban Scores 20th Airplay Leader". Billboard.
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (August 2, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Chart: August 2, 2016". Roughstock.
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (28 April 2016). "Keith Urban Throws Summer Party in 'Wasted Time' Video [Exclusive Premiere]". Taste of Country. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (9 April 2016). "ARIA Singles: Lukas Graham '7 Years' No 1 for Eighth Week". Noise11. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canada AC)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canada Hot AC)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 Year End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Keith Urban – Wasted Time". Music Canada. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Keith Urban – Wasted Time". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 17, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.