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 (1980–1981) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

Alan Jackson version[edit]

"Who's Cheatin' Who"
Who's Cheatin' Who promo.jpg
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
Writer(s) Jerry Hayes
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 CMT. 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.


"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. 

External links[edit]

Razzy Bailey Version
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