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"Free" is a song recorded by American country music group Zac Brown Band for their 2008 album The Foundation. On April 12, 2010, it was released as the fifth and final single from the album. It debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts at number 54 for the week of May 1, 2010.[1] The song was nominated for the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and the Best Country Song at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.[2]

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Single by Zac Brown Band
from the album The Foundation
ReleasedApril 12, 2010
FormatMusic download
LabelSouthern Ground
Atlantic Nashville
Songwriter(s)Zac Brown
Producer(s)Zac Brown
Keith Stegall
Zac Brown Band singles chronology
"We Are the World 25 for Haiti"
"This Song's for You"


Music videoEdit

A live performance music video was released to CMT in May 2010.[3] The performance was taken from the band's Pass The Jar DVD, and features a guest appearance by Joey + Rory. A video for the studio version was released on May 28, 2010.[4] Both videos were directed by Darren Doane. An alternate music video was released as a tribute to the United States military fighting in the Middle East. The video contains video of Zac Brown Band visiting troops on their USO tour, socializing with the troops, and performing a concert for the troops. The song itself is heard as a soundtrack to the video. The concert in the video, given by Zac Brown Band, is never heard, just depicted.

Inspiration for the songEdit

Zac and his band decided to climb Mt Warning during a trip to Byron bay NSW Australia in 2006. Mt Warning stands 3,793 ft above sea level and is the first place that the sun touches in the morning as it rises over the Australian Mainland. As Zac sat there in the beautiful peace and quiet, he and his band were the only people on earth to be there at that point experiencing this magnificent display of nature and it is then that they wrote this song.

Critical receptionEdit

Kyle Ward of Roughstock gave the song a 4/5, saying that, although the song "get[s] a bit too repetitious," said the song's "acoustic arrangements d[id] a great job to highlight [Zac] Brown's voice on the verses."[5] Mark Deming of Allmusic, in his review of the album, stated that the song, as well as "Highway 20 Ride," "show the influence of the more sentimental branches of the Texas singer-songwriter tradition."[6]

Use in mediaEdit

Used in a 2010 Busch commercial featuring the band.

Chart performanceEdit

"Free" is the fourth single from the band's debut album to reach Number One on the Hot Country Songs charts, having peaked on the chart dated for the week ending August 21, 2010. Its peak makes Zac Brown Band the first country music act to have four Number One singles from a debut album since Brooks & Dunn's Brand New Man produced four Number Ones between 1991 and 1992.[7]

Chart (2010) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 59
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 34
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 37
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 36


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000*

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


  1. ^ Billboard Hot Country Songs - Chart History of "Free" by Zac Brown Band
  2. ^ Nominees Archived 2010-12-03 at WebCite
  3. ^ Zac Brown Band - "Free" - Music video at
  4. ^ Zac Brown Band - "Free" - Music video at
  5. ^ Ward, Kyle. "Zac Brown Band — "Free"". Roughstock.
  6. ^ Deming, Mark (2008-11-18). "The Foundation review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  7. ^ Trust, Gary (10 August 2010). "Chart Beat Tuesday: Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift, Pink". Billboard. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Zac Brown Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Zac Brown Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "Zac Brown Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  11. ^ "Zac Brown Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  12. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Zac Brown Band – Free". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 16, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.