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Sideways (Dierks Bentley song)

This article is about the 2009 song by Dierks Bentley. For the 2004 Clarence Greenwood song, see Sideways (Clarence Greenwood song).
"Sideways"
Feel That Fire
Released March 2, 2009 (2009-03-02)
Format CD single
Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:04
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Jim Beavers
Dierks Bentley
Producer Brett Beavers
Dierks Bentley
Dierks Bentley singles chronology

"Feel That Fire"
(2008)
"Sideways"
(2009)
"I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes"
(2009)

"Sideways" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Dierks Bentley. The twelfth single of his career, it is also the second release from his fourth Capitol Records album, Feel That Fire. "Sideways" was released to country radio on March 2, 2009. On the chart week of July 11, 2009, the song became his seventh Number One song on the Hot Country Songs chart.

The song is part of the tracklist for Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2.

Content

"Sideways" was co-written by Bentley himself, along with Jim Beavers, the brother of Bentley's producer, Brett Beavers.[1] In it, the male narrator is attempting to talk to a female in a bar. Despite being unable to hear her name, he still tries to come on to her, saying that he wants to "get a little sideways" with her.[2] The song is an uptempo, backed mainly by electric guitar and banjo, and its final chorus features the ambient noise of a bar, along with a chanted chorus by backing vocalists.

Music video

The music video was directed by Michael Salomon, and features Bentley singing in front of a large party crowd. The video was #50 on the GAC's Top 50 Videos of the Year list. It was shot inside the Fuse nightclub, located inside the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

A second video, containing live performance footage, was released in August 2009. This is the most commonly used version on TV.

Critical reception

CM Wilcox of The 9513 gave the song a thumbs-down rating, calling it "cheap and gimmicky" and saying that it sounded more suited for a debut artist than an established artist such as Bentley.[2] Kevin J. Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a C rating. Coyne thought that Bentley sounded uncomfortable singing the song, making it sound "dull and lifeless" as a result.[3]

Popular culture

  • The song was used and mixed by the dance crew Southern Movement, hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week and premiere of the fourth season of America's Best Dance Crew.
  • Sideways was used with its own lyrics referencing NASCAR on FOX, which played at the very beginning of the pre-race show starting in the 2011 and the 2012 season.[4] In 2013, NASCAR on Fox used the NFL theme.

Chart performance

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 63
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 35
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 6
Preceded by
"Out Last Night"
by Kenny Chesney
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

July 11-July 18, 2009
Succeeded by
"I Run to You"
by Lady Antebellum

Certifications

References

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