Who's Cheatin' Who

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"Who's Cheatin' Who"
Single by Charly McClain
from the album Who's Cheatin' Who
B-side "Love Scenes"
Released November 1980
Genre Country
Length 2:15
Label Epic
Writer(s) Jerry Hayes
Producer(s) Larry Rogers
Charly McClain singles chronology
"Women Get Lonely"
"Who's Cheatin' Who"
"Surround Me with Love"

"Who's Cheatin' Who" is the title of a country music song written by Jerry Hayes and initially recorded by Charly McClain. It was the title track of her 1980 album for Epic Records, released in November 1980 as a single with "Love Scenes" on the B-side, and in early 1981, was her first Number One hit on the Billboard country charts.[1] Seventeen years later, Alan Jackson had chart success with the song as well, with his cover version reaching Top Five on the country charts.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980–1981) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Preceded by
"I Keep Coming Back"
by Razzy Bailey
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
February 14, 1981
Succeeded by
"Southern Rains"
by Mel Tillis

Alan Jackson version[edit]

"Who's Cheatin' Who"
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Everything I Love
B-side "Buicks to the Moon"[3]
Released April 7, 1997[4]
Format Promo-only CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:02 (album version)
Label Arista Nashville
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Everything I Love"
"Who's Cheatin' Who"
"There Goes"

In 1997, Alan Jackson covered the song on his album Everything I Love, releasing it as a single that year. Jackson's cover features several solos after the last chorus. Jackson also switches the song's pronouns to put it in a male's perspective.[5] His version includes a series of extended electric guitar and piano solos before the final chorus.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Brad Fuller and premiered in mid-1997 on Country Music Television. It was filmed on location in Concord, North Carolina. Many of NASCAR's Ford drivers had a part in the video, like Rusty Wallace (who played the ending guitar solo), John Andretti, Jeremy Mayfield, Kenny Irwin, Jr. (whose #98 Raybestos Ford F-150 NASCAR SuperTruck is driven at one point by Jackson in a "race", before Alan drives off the track and returns in the Bigfoot monster truck), Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin, Bill Elliott and Ernie Irvan.

Chart positions[edit]

"Who's Cheatin' Who" debuted at number 61 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 12, 1997.

Chart (1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 53
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 20

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 201. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Charly McClain – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Charly McClain.
  3. ^ Whitburn, p. 201
  4. ^ AOL Music profile for Alan Jackson's "Who's Cheatin' Who"
  5. ^ Jinkins, Shirley (1996-11-01). "Alan Jackson: Everything I Love - Pulling out all the stops". Fort Worth Star-Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3249." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. June 30, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 

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