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"Redneck Woman" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Gretchen Wilson. It was released in March 2004 as the lead-off single to her multi-platinum debut album Here for the Party. The song was also Wilson's only number one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, and also earned her a No. 22 Hot 100 hit in the U.S. Wilson wrote this song with John Rich.

"Redneck Woman"
Redneck Woman.jpg
Single by Gretchen Wilson
from the album Here for the Party
B-side "Here for the Party"
Released March 23, 2004
Format CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Country
Length 3:42
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) John Rich
Gretchen Wilson
Producer(s) Joe Scaife
Mark Wright
Gretchen Wilson singles chronology
"Redneck Woman"
(2004)
"Here for the Party"
(2004)

"Redneck Woman"
(2004)
"Here for the Party"
(2004)
Music video
"Redneck Woman" at CMT.com

The song, which is considered Wilson's signature song,[1] also earned a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2005.[2] In June 2014, Rolling Stone ranked the song No. 97 of the 100 greatest country songs of all time.[3]

The song appears on the games Karaoke Revolution Country and “Country Dance”.

Contents

Music videoEdit

In the video, Wilson is depicted performing in a western-style club with a live band, cage girls dancing in the background, and patrons in the crowd that are drinking beer. Scenes of Wilson driving a 1973-87 General Motors pickup truck and a four-wheeler through the mud with two men are interspersed throughout the video. The music video includes the following guest stars: Big and Rich, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams, Jr. and Kid Rock. The music video was ranked #11 on CMT's 100 Greatest Videos in 2008.

Chart performanceEdit

The song spent five weeks at number 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts.[4] In doing so, it became the first number 1 hit on that chart for a female solo act since "Blessed" by Martina McBride in April 2002, and the first for Epic Records Nashville since "It Must Be Love" in December 1998.[5]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 50
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 22
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2004) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 11

"Redbird Fever"Edit

In late 2004, Wilson recorded a re-written version, titled "Redbird Fever" to commemorate the St. Louis Cardinals' entering the World Series (as well as her devotion to the team). "Redbird Fever" spent one week at #60 on the country singles charts dated for the week ending November 13, 2004.[4]

TelevisionEdit

In the third episode of the TV series Smash, Katharine McPhee performed the song in a karaoke bar.[11]

A contestant on the reality show Killer Karaoke sang the song while being dunked into a tank of snakes.

ParodiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rowdy country singer Gretchen Wilson lets fans see a softer side". SJ-R.com. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  2. ^ Rogers, Nick (2007-08-09). "'Redneck Woman' Wilson is here for the party". SJ-R.com. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  3. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/100-greatest-country-songs-of-all-time-20140601/97-gretchen-wilson-redneck-woman-2004-0450494
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 471. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  5. ^ "Wilson ends female drought atop country chart". Billboard. 29 May 2004. p. 72. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Gretchen Wilson – Redneck Woman". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Gretchen Wilson: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Gretchen Wilson Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Gretchen Wilson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "Best of 2004: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2004. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120309234538/http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi2650972441/. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)