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"Drivin' My Life Away" is a the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Eddie Rabbitt. It was released in June 1980 as the first single from his albumHorizon. It reached number one on the Hot Country Singles in 1980, and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Rabbitt, Even Stevens and David Malloy.

The song, a look into the life of the roadies and the long periods of time they spend away from home, was featured on the soundtrack of the 1980 movie Roadie starring Meat Loaf and Art Carney.

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Although many of Rabbitt's successful songs were country-pop material, "Drivin' My Life Away" began his peak popularity as a crossover artist. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and set the stage for his biggest career hit: "I Love a Rainy Night," which reached the top on the countryHot 100 and adult contemporary charts in early 1981. Two more crossover hits - "Step by Step" and "You and I" (the latter a duet with Crystal Gayle) - followed in 1981 and 1982.

On Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, it was his seventh out of 17 career chart toppers, spanning from 1976 through 1990.

"Drivin' My Life Away" was certified gold for sales of 1 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America [1]

Chart performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1980) Peak

position

U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1
Australian Kent Music Report 100
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 45
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 2
Dutch Top 40[1] 27
New Zealand Singles Chart 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3

Rhett Akins cover[edit source | editbeta]Edit

In 1998, country music artist Rhett Akins recorded a cover version of this song for the soundtrack to the 1998 movie Black Dog. This cover, released with Lee Ann Womack's "A Man with 18 Wheels" on the B-side, peaked at number 56 on the country music charts.[2]

Chart performance (Rhett Akins version)[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1998) Peak

position

Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 61
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 56