Why Not Me (The Judds song)

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"Why Not Me"
Single by The Judds
from the album Why Not Me
B-side"Lazy Country Evening"
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1984
Songwriter(s)Harlan Howard
Sonny Throckmorton
Brent Maher
Producer(s)Brent Maher
The Judds singles chronology
"Mama He's Crazy"
"Why Not Me"
"Girls Night Out"

"Why Not Me" is a song written by Harlan Howard, Sonny Throckmorton and Brent Maher, and recorded by American country music duo The Judds. It was released in September 1984 as the first single and title track from the album of the same name. The song was their second number one on the country chart. The song spent a total of fifteen weeks at the top of the country singles chart, peaking at number one for two weeks.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In 2024, Rolling Stone ranked the song at #84 on its 200 Greatest Country Songs of All Time ranking.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 2007, Jill Johnson covered the song on the Music Row album.[3]
  • In 2015, Emily Ann Roberts, covered "Why Not Me" on The Voice U.S. season 9, charting to Number 10 in the iTunes charts

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
Chart (2022) Peak
US Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[5] 21


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 184.
  2. ^ "The 200 Greatest Country Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. May 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Music Row" (in Swedish). Svensk dediedatabas. 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  4. ^ "The Judds Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "The Judds Chart History (Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved July 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – The Judds – Why Not Me". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 8, 2023.