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I Don't Want This Night to End

"I Don't Want This Night to End" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Luke Bryan. It was released in September 2011 as the second single from his album Tailgates & Tanlines. The song, written by Bryan, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, is a "guy meets girl" love story.

"I Don't Want This Night to End"
Single by Luke Bryan
from the album Tailgates & Tanlines
ReleasedSeptember 5, 2011 (2011-09-05)
LabelCapitol Nashville
Luke Bryan singles chronology
"Country Girl (Shake It for Me)"
"I Don't Want This Night to End"
"Drunk on You"

The song received positive reviews from critics who praised the simplistic writing and catchy chorus. "I Don't Want This Night to End" peaked at number one on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts respectively, giving Bryan his fourth number-one country music hit in both charts and starting a still running streak of number one hits. It also charted at number 22 on the Hot 100 chart, the same position as his previous single "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)". The song was certified 4x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 2,730,000 copies in the United States as of August 2015. The song achieved minor chart success in Canada, peaking at number 48 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. It also garnered a Platinum certification from Music Canada, selling over 80,000 copies in that country.

The accompanying music video was directed by Shaun Silva and features actress Cameron Richardson as Bryan's love interest.



Bryan told The Boot that the song is about "a guy meeting a girl, and it's the first night that they're hanging out. It's a magical night and he doesn't want it to end. It's got a big fun chorus in it."[1] He co-wrote the song with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip, collectively known as The Peach Pickers. After Hayslip provided the title, Bryan began playing a melody on a guitar. Hayslip then said that his publisher, Randy Gaston, recommended that he write "a song that talks about putting your hands up in the chorus".[2]

The song is in A minor, at a moderate tempo of approximately 112 beats per minute. The verses use a chord pattern of Am-G-Fsus2 three times, with a C-G-F pattern twice on the chorus followed by the original pattern of Am-G-Fsus2 twice. It ends on the Fsus2 chord.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four stars out of five, calling the chorus "pretty memorable" and saying that the writers "did a nice job of not over-thinking things."[4] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song three and a half stars of five, writing that the chorus is "infectious and sing-a-long ready" and the song is "strong, well-written" and "sounds great on the radio, just like it will in concerts."[5]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Shaun Silva and premiered on November 8, 2011. Bryan portrays a country music star who falls for a new girl (played by actress Cameron Richardson) while he is home from the road. The video is a prequel to the music video for "Drunk On You" which was later released as a single.[6]

Commercial performanceEdit

"I Don't Want This Night to End" debuted at number 44 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of September 17, 2011.[7] It debuted at number 90 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of October 15, 2011. The song was certified double platinum by the RIAA on October 22, 2012. As of August 2015, the song has sold 2,730,000 copies in the US.[8]

It debuted at number 80 on Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of November 5, 2011.

Charts and certificationsEdit


  1. ^ Gayles, Contessa (August 25, 2011). "Luke Bryan -- A Day in the Life". The Boot. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Conaway, Alanna (16 January 2012). "Behind the Song: Eight Handed Hit". Country Weekly. 19 (3): 16. ISSN 1074-3235.
  3. ^ "'I Don't Want This Night to End' sheet music". Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (August 25, 2011). "Luke Bryan, 'I Don't Want This Night to End' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt (September 19, 2011). "Luke Bryan - "I Don't Want This Night To End"". Roughstock. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  6. ^ Watch Luke Bryan’s New Video, “I Don’t Want This Night To End”
  7. ^ Morris, Edward (September 10, 2011). "Jake Owen Tops Both Country Charts". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Matt Bjorke (August 28, 2015). "The Top 30 Digital Country Singles: August 28, 2015".
  9. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  14. ^ "Best of 2012 - Hot 100 Songs". Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  15. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  16. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Luke Bryan – I Don't Want This Night to End". Music Canada.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Luke Bryan – Want This Night to End". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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