What We Ain't Got

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"What We Ain't Got"
Single by Jake Owen
from the album Days of Gold
Released August 11, 2014 (2014-08-11)
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 3:39
Label RCA Nashville
Producer(s) Joey Moi
Jake Owen singles chronology
"What We Ain't Got"
"Real Life"
"What We Ain't Got"
"Real Life"

"What We Ain't Got" is a song recorded by American country music artist Jake Owen. It was released in August 2014 as the third and final single from his fourth studio album Days of Gold. The song, written by Travis Meadows and Travis Jerome Goff, has Owen yearning for a former love, thinking of others wanting what's out of their reach. It garnered positive reviews from critics praising the lyrical work and Owen's vocal delivery of them.

"What We Ain't Got" peaked at numbers 14 and 19 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts respectively. It also reached number 89 on the Hot 100 chart, and has sold 369,000 copies in the United States as of May 2015. The song received similar chart success in Canada, reaching the top 40 of the Canada Country chart at number 30 and number 90 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. A music video directed by Mason Dixon was created for the single.


"What We Ain't Got" is a ballad accompanied mainly by piano, with backing vocals by Sarah Buxton.[1] In it, Owen sings about wanting back a loved one who has left him, and reflecting on those who want what they cannot obtain.[2] It is in alternating bars of 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures, with a main chord pattern of A-D-A-D-E-D-E-Fm-A/E-D-Esus4-A. The song's approximate tempo is 63 beats per minute, and it has a vocal range of F3-E5.[3]

Owen told Taste of Country said that he knew the song would be a "risk" to release as a single, as he usually releases up-tempo songs about partying and "fought" to release a song with a stronger subject matter. He told the publication that "I’m at a point in my life where it’s important to me to release songs like this that I’ve always believed in".[1]



Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B+, saying that "Though the song starts a bit too slowly, it develops into a fully realized performance that’s as good as anything I’ve heard this year from a radio artist."[4] Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars, praising the lyrics and Owen's "rich yet haunting baritone vocals." He also thought that the song contrasted with party-themed songs on the corresponding album and displayed Owen's musical versatility.[2]


"What We Ain't Got" entered the Hot Country Songs chart at number 40 on December 14, 2013 on the release of the album, Days of Gold. It entered the Country Airplay chart on August 9, 2014, and peaked at number 14 in early 2015, and at number 19 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song has sold 369,000 copies in the US as of May 2015.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Mason Dixon and premiered in November 2014.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013–15) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 90
Canada Country (Billboard)[8] 30
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 89
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 14
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[12] 68
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 71


  1. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (December 1, 2014). "Jake Owen: ‘What We Ain’t Got’ Is the Perfect Song at an Imperfect Time, Wrote by an Unknown Writer Justin Matthews of Dayton, Tn". Taste of Country. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Papadatos, Markos (14 August 2014). "Review: Jake Owen captivates on new single 'What We Ain't Got'". Digital Journal. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "'What We Ain't Got' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (August 7, 2014). "Single Review: Jake Owen, “What We Ain’t Got”". Country Universe. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 20, 2015). "Country Music’s Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of May 20, 2015". 
  6. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (November 24, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: Jake Owen Steps Outside His Comfort Zone with Emotional 'What We Ain't Got' Video". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jake Owen – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Jake Owen.
  8. ^ "Jake Owen – Chart history" Billboard Canada Country for Jake Owen.
  9. ^ "Jake Owen – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Jake Owen.
  10. ^ "Jake Owen – Chart history" Billboard Country Airplay for Jake Owen.
  11. ^ "Jake Owen – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jake Owen.
  12. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 14, 2015" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 14, 2015. p. 7. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Best of 2015: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.