May 2010 was when Chris Young’s “The Man I Want to be” became number one on the US Billboard Country Charts. The song was his third track for his album The Man I Want to be. It was written by Brett James and Tim Nichols, released under the RCA Nashville label.
“The Man I Want to be’s” Performance
The song peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Song chart for 3 weeks, and it also entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at No. 48. His song “The Man I want to be” was Certified Gold on August 8, 2012. His song sold 500,000 copies according to RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). “The Man I Want to be” is his second number 1 song to peak on the US Billboard Hot Country Charts.
Love and God: The Song’s Content
“The Man I Want to be” is about love and God. Why love? Since the narrator in the song seems to have repeatedly sinned or have done something bad, he asked God to help his woman give him another chance. Why God? At the beginning of the song, the man prayed to God to forgive him and help him be a better person. He wanted to change to someone who is good, not only for the woman he loves but also for himself. He humbly asked God for help and it is such a brave thing for the narrator to do. What about you, what will you do to save your relationship with the person you love?
A Little Bit on Chris Young
Chris Young began his career as a country musician when he won the Nashville Star in 2006. However, before winning the Nashville Star he has been singing at a very young age. He is also the grandson of Richard Yates, a member of the Louisiana Hayride. The first single he released was “Drinkin’ Me Lonely.” He has 5 consecutive number one on the Billboard Hot Country charts from 2009 to 2011. His latest song is “Hangin’ on” released this year and peaked at No. 35 on the US Billboard Hot Country charts.