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"Die a Happy Man" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Thomas Rhett. It was released on September 28, 2015 by Valory Music Group as the second single from his second studio album, Tangled Up. Rhett wrote the song with Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur. American singer Tori Kelly is featured on a pop remix included on the deluxe edition.[2]

"Die a Happy Man"
DieaHappyMan.jpg
Single by Thomas Rhett
from the album Tangled Up
Released September 28, 2015 (2015-09-28)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre
Length 3:47
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Thomas Rhett singles chronology
"Crash and Burn"
(2015)
"Die a Happy Man"
(2015)
"T-Shirt"
(2016)
"Crash and Burn"
(2015)
"Die a Happy Man"
(2015)
"T-Shirt"
(2016)

Contents

ReceptionEdit

CriticalEdit

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country reviewed the song favorably, saying that "Thomas Rhett may have just released the love song of the year. "Die a Happy Man" is a slow burner that melts like candle wax. With just a few pulls from a blues-soaked guitar, the mood is set for this increasingly dynamic singer to heat up any room."[3]

CommercialEdit

On the week of its release, the song debuted at number 17 on the Hot Country Songs chart, number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 41 on the Country Airplay chart, with 40,000 copies sold for the week.[4] The second week, it rose to number 30 on the Country Airplay chart,[5] and sold 33,000 copies.[6] It reached number one on the Country Digital Songs chart in its third week, selling 39,000 copies.[7] It topped the Hot Country Songs chart in its sixth week,[8] and then topped the Country Airplay chart in January 2016,[9] staying at number one on all three country charts simultaneously for multiple weeks.[10] On the Country Airplay chart for the week of January 30, 2016, the song logged its fifth consecutive week at number one, making it the first song to spend more than four weeks at number one since Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" stayed at the top for five weeks in 2009, and the first song by a solo male artist to spend five weeks at the top since Kenny Chesney's "Never Wanted Nothing More" in August 2007.[11] The following week, it topped the Country Airplay chart for a sixth week, becoming the first song to spend six weeks at number one since Taylor Swift's "Our Song" in December 2007 – January 2008.[12] It peaked at number 21 on the Hot 100 for the week of January 2, 2016.[13]

The single was certified 2× Platinum on May 18, 2016, and 3× Platinum on February 21, 2017.[14] The single reached the one million download sales in February 2016.[15] As of September 2017, "Die a Happy Man" had sold 1,914,000 downloads.[16]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by TK McKamy and premiered in June 2015. Rhett's wife, Lauren Gregory, appears in the video.[17]

Chart performanceEdit

"Die a Happy Man" topped the Hot Country Songs chart on November 14, 2015. The song remained on top for seventeen weeks before being knocked off by "You Should Be Here" performed by Cole Swindell.

Nelly versionEdit

"Die a Happy Man"
 
Single by Nelly
Released February 5, 2016 (2016-02-05)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 3:34
Label
Songwriter(s)
Nelly singles chronology
"I Don't Wanna Go to Bed"
(2015)
"Die a Happy Man"
(2016)
"Millionaire"
(2016)
"I Don't Wanna Go to Bed"
(2015)
"Die a Happy Man"
(2016)
"Millionaire"
(2016)

"Die a Happy Man" was covered by American rapper Nelly in 2016 and released as a single on February 5, 2016 by RECORDS and Epic Records.[32] His version draws inspiration from hip hop music and dance music and employs synthesizers.[33]

Commercial performanceEdit

His version debuted at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100 with first-week US sales of 35,000.[34]

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download[32]
  1. "Die a Happy Man" — 3:34

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Canada Digital Songs (Billboard)[35] 41
Canada AC (Billboard)[36] 43
US Billboard Hot 100[37] 83
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[38] 32

Other versionsEdit

  • Travis Atreo released a version of the single in January 2016.[39]
  • Barrett Baber covered "Die A Happy Man" during the live finals of The Voice on December 14, 2015.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2016 Academy of Country Music Awards Single Record of the Year Won [40]
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song Won [41]
American Country Countdown Awards Song of the Year Won [42]
Digital Song of the Year Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Single of the Year Won [43]
2017 Grammy Awards Best Country Song Nominated [44]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett". Allmusic. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tangled Up (Deluxe) by Thomas Rhett". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "ToC Critic's Pick: Thomas Rhett, 'Die a Happy Man' [Listen]". Taste of Country. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Matt Bjorke (September 28, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: September 28, 2015". Roughstock. 
  5. ^ Jim Asker (October 6, 2015). "Don Henley's 'County' Is King of Country Chart". Billboard. 
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 5, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: October 5, 2015". Roughstock. 
  7. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 12, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Singles Chart: October 12, 2015". Roughstock. 
  8. ^ "Hot Country Song: November 14, 2015". Billboard. 
  9. ^ Jim Asker (December 22, 2015). "Thomas Rhett Is a 'Happy Man' Atop Country Airplay Chart". Billboard. 
  10. ^ Jim Asker (January 5, 2016). "He's The 'Man': Thomas Rhett Rules Multiple Country Charts". Billboard. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Country Update for January 19, 2016" (PDF). 
  12. ^ "Billboard Country Update for January 25, 2016" (PDF). 
  13. ^ "Hot 100: January 2, 2016". Billboard. 
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  15. ^ Bjorke, Matt (February 2, 2016). "The Top 30 Digital Country Singles: February 2, 2016". Roughstock. 
  16. ^ a b "Nielsen SoundScan charts – Digital Songs – Week Ending: 09/28/2017" (PDF). Nielsen SoundScan. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Watch Thomas Rhett's Sentimental 'Die a Happy Man' Video : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  19. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  20. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  21. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  22. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  23. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 14, 2015" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 14, 2015. p. 7. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Best of 2015: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Hot 100 Songs - Year-End 2016". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Country Airplay Songs - Year-End 2016". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Hot Country Songs - Year-End 2016". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Greatest of All Time Country Songs : Page 1". Billboard. 
  30. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man". Music Canada. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  31. ^ "American single certifications – Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 31, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  32. ^ a b "Die a Happy Man - Single by Nelly". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  33. ^ Kickham, Dylan (February 5, 2016). "Nelly covers Thomas Rhett's 'Die A Happy Man'". Entertainment Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  34. ^ Trust, Gary (February 18, 2016). "Hot 100 Chart Moves: Mike Posner Takes 'Pill' to Top 40". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Nelly – Chart history". Billboard Canadian Digital Songs for Nelly. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  36. ^ "Nelly Chart History (Canada AC)". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  37. ^ "Nelly Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  38. ^ "Nelly Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  39. ^ "Die a Happy Man by Travis Atreo - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  40. ^ Billboard Staff (April 3, 2016). "ACM Awards 2016: See the Full List of Winners". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  41. ^ Billboard Staff (May 22, 2016). "Billboard Music Awards 2016: Complete Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  42. ^ Billboard Staff (May 1, 2016). "American Country Countdown Awards 2016: See the Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  43. ^ Billboard Staff (November 2, 2016). "CMA Award Winners 2016: Complete List". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  44. ^ Billboard Staff (October 12, 2017). "Here Is the Complete List of Nominees for the 2017 Grammys". Billboard. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
Preceded by
"Strip It Down" by Luke Bryan
"Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton
Billboard Hot Country Songs number-one single
November 14, 2015
December 5, 2015–March 19, 2016
Succeeded by
"Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton
"You Should Be Here" by Cole Swindell
Preceded by
"I'm Comin' Over"
by Chris Young
Billboard Canada Country
number-one single

December 26, 2015–January 30, 2016
Succeeded by
"Home Alone Tonight"
by Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
Preceded by
"Gonna"
by Blake Shelton
Billboard Country Airplay
number-one single

January 2–February 6, 2016