Why (Jason Aldean song)

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Jason Aldean - Why.jpg
Single by Jason Aldean
from the album Jason Aldean
Released November 15, 2005
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:33
Label Broken Bow
Producer(s) Michael Knox
Jason Aldean singles chronology
"Amarillo Sky"

"Why" is a song written by Rodney Clawson, Vicky McGehee and Big & Rich's John Rich and recorded by American country music artist Jason Aldean. It was released in November 2005 as the second single from his self-titled debut album. It became Aldean's first number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


A mid-tempo ballad backed by electric guitar, the song centralizes on the male character who has finally come to the realiziation that he has caused his lover emotional pain. He then asks himself why he lets himself treat her wrongly, and why he takes so long to show his feelings for her.


Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a positive rating. He said the song is "interesting" and sounds "very real and sincere".[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Wes Edwards. It premiered in the week of November 14, 2005.

Chart performance[edit]

"Why" debuted at number 49 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of December 3, 2005. As of April 2015, the song has sold 675,000 digital copies in the United States.[2]

Chart (2005–06) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 43
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 10

Other versions[edit]

Country music singer Shannon Brown also recorded the song for her 2006 album Corn Fed.


  1. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (2005-12-03). "Jason Aldean - "Why"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  2. ^ Matt Bjorke (April 22, 2015). "Country Music's Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of April 22, 2015". Roughstock. 
  3. ^ "Jason Aldean – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Jason Aldean. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Jason Aldean – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jason Aldean. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 

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Preceded by
"Wherever You Are"
by Jack Ingram
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

May 27, 2006
Succeeded by
"Settle for a Slowdown"
by Dierks Bentley