Different for Girls (Dierks Bentley song)

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"Different for Girls" is a song written by Shane McAnally and J. T. Harding and recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley featuring American singer-songwriter Elle King as a duet. It was released to country radio on June 6, 2016 as the second single from Bentley's eighth studio album Black (2016).[1] The song won "Vocal Event of the Year" at the 2016 CMA Awards and was nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.[2] "Different for Girls" became Bentley's fifteenth number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart and his fifth Top 5 hit on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart with a peak at number three. It also charted at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 436,000 copies in the United States as of November 2016. It achieved similar chart success in Canada, becoming Bentley's second number-one hit on the Canadian Country charts and peaking within the Top 50 of the Canadian Hot 100 at number 49. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Wes Edwards.

"Different for Girls"
The cover is in black-and-white with both artists sitting next to each other with a window behind them. The song title centered in the bottom has the artists' respective names between it.
Single by Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
from the album Black
ReleasedJune 6, 2016 (2016-06-06)
FormatDigital download
LabelCapitol Nashville
Producer(s)Ross Copperman
Dierks Bentley singles chronology
"Somewhere on a Beach"
"Different for Girls"
Elle King singles chronology
"America's Sweetheart"
"Different for Girls"
"Good Girls"


In the key of E major, Bentley stated that he found "a real honesty in the lyrics" and that "the differences in how guys and girls deal with a broken heart is really interesting material to me. Having two daughters certainly has changed the way I see the world and what they have ahead."[3]

Commercial performanceEdit

The song reached number 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart where it stayed for three weeks,[4] and it is Bentley's 20th song to reach the top 10 on the chart.[5] It also topped the chart on Country Airplay.[6] It was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 16, 2016.[7] The song had sold 460,000 copies in the US as of January 2017.[8]

Track listingEdit

Digital download[9]
1."Different for Girls" (featuring Elle King)3:00

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Wes Edwards and premiered in July 2016.[10]


Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Platinum 80,000 
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 1,000,000  / 460,000[8]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States May 27, 2016 Digital download Capitol Nashville [9]
June 6, 2016 Country radio [1]


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  5. ^ Asker, Jim (August 2, 2016). "Eric Church Earns His Seventh No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart With 'Record Year'". Billboard.
  6. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (October 5, 2016). "Dierks Bentley & Elle King on Why 'Different for Girls' Is a Different Kind of Country Hit". Billboard.
  7. ^ a b "American single certifications – Dierks Bentley – Different for Girls". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  8. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (January 3, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Singles Sales Report: January 3, 2017". Roughstock.
  9. ^ a b "Amazon.com: Different For Girls [feat. Elle King]: Dierks Bentley: MP3 Downloads". Amazon. May 27, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
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  12. ^ "Dierks Bentley Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
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  18. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Dierks Bentley – Different for Girls". Music Canada.