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When I Think About Cheatin'

"When I Think About Cheatin'" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Gretchen Wilson. It was the third single from her debut album, Here for the Party, and was released to radio in October 2004. The song was her third consecutive Top Ten hit, reaching No. 4 on the country singles charts. Wilson wrote this song with John Rich and Vicky McGehee.

"When I Think About Cheatin'"
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Single by Gretchen Wilson
from the album Here for the Party
ReleasedOctober 25, 2004 (2004-10-25)
FormatCD single, music download
LabelEpic Nashville
Songwriter(s)Gretchen Wilson
John Rich
Vicky McGehee
Producer(s)Joe Scaife
Mark Wright
Gretchen Wilson singles chronology
"Here for the Party"
"When I Think About Cheatin'"



In "When I Think About Cheatin'," the female narrator states that she resists the temptation of infidelity because the possibility of losing her current relationship would be too much for her to bear.[1] The song is performed in the style of the Nashville sound.

Music VideoEdit

The video for the song was filmed in the historic Ryman Auditorium and features Wilson imagining she is performing on the Grand Ole Opry, with holograms of Opry legends joining her and her band.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Johnny Loftus of Allmusic said that Wilson was "convincing" in her delivery, and that the inclusion of a ballad on the album gave it "some depth."[3] Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a positive rating. He says that the song proves that Wilson is more than just a "Redneck Woman"[4]

Chart performanceEdit

"When I Think About Cheatin'" debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending October 30, 2004. The song peaked at No. 4, holding that position for one week and spending twenty weeks on the charts.[5]

Chart (2004–2005) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 39
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 4

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2005) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 41


  1. ^ Joe Heim (May 19, 2004). "Don't Let Her Name Fool You". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
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  3. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Here for the Party review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  4. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (October 20, 2004). "Gretchen Wilson – "When I Think About Cheatin'"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 471. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  6. ^ "Gretchen Wilson Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Gretchen Wilson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Best of 2005: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2012.

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