Eric Church released “Record Year” in 2015 as the ninth single from his album Mr. Misunderstood. His song peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2016 and remained on the chart for a total of 27 weeks. It also crossed over the Billboard Pop Chart at No. 44. Moreover, it peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard Country Airplay for one week and spent a total of 28 weeks on the chart.
His song was Gold Certified by RIAA in August 2016 and Platinum in August 2017, selling a total of one million copies. In Addition, his album Mr. Misunderstood was also certified Platinum and Gold in January 2018 and August 2016 respectively.
“Record Year”: CMA Awards
In 2016, Church’s “Record Year” was nominated for CMA Music Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Song of the Year, while his album won CMA Album of the Year.
The Song’s Origin
Church said that the idea was from his friend and co-writer Jeff Hyde. He liked the idea of the song because he can relate to it.
The Song’s Content
“Record Year” is a song of a man who is going through a breakup but handles it differently. Instead of him thinking of her all the time and doing things he would regret, he starts to listen to his old vinyl records. In the song, popular titles of songs from various artists were mentioned.
“Quarter Notes and Hank’s Half time”
This could either pertain to Hank Williams or Hank Snow.
“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”
A blues song that was written by Rudy Toombs and first recorded by Amos Milburn.
“I rediscovered Red Headed Stranger”
This was the title of the song and the album of Willie Nelson in 70’s.
“Got down with old James Brown”
James Brown is the Godfather of Soul.
“And found New Grass Revival”
New Grass Revival is a band of progressive bluegrass in 70’s.
“Songs in the Key of Life”
This was one of Stevie Wonder’s album that was popular during the 70’s.