Every Which Way but Loose (song)

"Every Which Way but Loose"
Single by Eddie Rabbitt
from the album Every Which Way but Loose soundtrack
B-side "Under the Double Eagle"
Released December 1978 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Country
Length 2:51
Label Elektra
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Eddie Rabbitt singles chronology
"I Just Want to Love You" (1978) "Every Which Way but Loose"

"Every Which Way but Loose" is a song written by Steve Dorff, Snuff Garrett and Milton Brown, and recorded by American country music artist Eddie Rabbitt.[1][2][3] It was released in November 1978 as the only single from the soundtrack to the 1978 film of the same name, it spent three weeks atop the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in February 1979.

Highest debut

Released just weeks before Every Which Way But Loose premiered nationwide, the title track immediately broke in popularity. In fact, the song debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, the highest debut since the inception of the 100-position chart in July 1973. The record was later tied by Garth Brooks' "Good Ride Cowboy" in 2005.[4]

Chart performance

Chart (1978–79) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 30
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 26
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 47
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
New Zealand Singles Chart 28
U.K. Singles Chart 41


  1. Morris, Edward, "Alabama," Contemporary Books Inc., Chicago, 1985 (ISBN 0809253062)
  2. Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2)
  3. Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006
  4. "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.com. 2006-09-02. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
  5. "Eddie Rabbitt – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Eddie Rabbitt.
  6. "Eddie Rabbitt – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Eddie Rabbitt.
  7. "Eddie Rabbitt – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Eddie Rabbitt.

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Preceded by
"Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For"
by Crystal Gayle
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 10–February 24, 1979
Succeeded by
"Golden Tears"
by Dave & Sugar
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 24–March 10, 1979
Succeeded by
"Back on My Mind Again"
by Ronnie Milsap
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