February 1

“Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”: A Song That All Started At A Night Club


"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk": A Song That All Started At A Night Club 1

At a room. In the house. Under a tree. On one’s bed. In the park. In the mountains up high…Where else can we write one good music? Well, take this Trace Adkins song as an exemption. “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” came about and was written in a nightclub in just an hour.

Written by Dallas Davidson, Randy Houser, and Jamey Johnson, Honky Tonk Badonkadonk was recorded by American country artist Trace Adkins. Released in October 2005, the song was a crossover hit for Adkins.

Furthermore, Honky Tonk Badonkadonk is also the name of a European compilation built around various mixes of the song.

Night Club: Where It All Started

Not a typical location where songwriters or even just writers play with words and come up with a masterpiece, this song started at a nightclub.

According to Jamey Johnson, one of the writers of the song, the idea for the song came when they were at a nightclub. Johnson, together with Dallas Davidson, and Randy Houser came up with Honky Tonk Badonkadonk when they were watching a young woman dancing at the club.

“We were drinking over at the Wildhorse Saloon one night. We were watching this girl dance on the dance floor. She was kind of a healthy girl – looked like somebody had shoved a refrigerator in her pants. We were drinking, but she was drunk. She was done. She was bouncing into people and running folks over and causing a ruckus. We thought it was funny, but Randy looked out there and saw that butt of hers and said, ‘Badonkadonk’.”

“Right after that, he said ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.’ Me and Dallas were just so proud to have another word that rhymed with ‘Honky Tonk” we didn’t know what to do. We wrote that song in about an hour and spent 30 minutes of that laughing.”

Hence, Houser came up with the title “honky tonk badonkadonk”, in reference to the slang term “badonkadonk”, which references shapely buttocks.

Within an hour, the three had written the song.

Song’s Reception

Honky Tonk Badonkadonk entered the Hot Country Songs chart in early 2005 at number 58. In addition, the song was officially released later in that same year and debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 1, 2005. It peaked at number 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart in early 2006, behind Jesus, Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood.

To add, it reached the top 40 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts. Consequently, it became Adkins’ first top 40 hit on both charts. Moreover, it was also certified gold for more than 500,00 musical downloads.

Watch Honky Tonk Badonkadonk by Trace Adkins.

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