Never Really Wanted
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Never Really Wanted
"Never Really Wanted"
Eric Paslay Never Really Wanted.jpg
Single by Eric Paslay
from the album Eric Paslay
ReleasedJuly 25, 2011 (2011-07-25)
FormatDigital download
LabelEMI Nashville
Marshall Altman
Eric Paslay singles chronology
"Never Really Wanted"
"If the Fish Don't Bite"

"Never Really Wanted" is a debut song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Eric Paslay. It was released on July 25, 2011 as the first single from Paslay's self-titled debut album.

Critical reception

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song a four-star review, saying that "The debut single from Eric Paslay is the cute but shy kid in class. It's not going to sweep you off your feet the first time you lay ears on it. No, 'Never Really Wanted' is built for the long run. It's a song you can fall in love with."[2] Liv Carter of Urban Country News gave the song a "thumbs up", praising Paslay's vocals as well as the song's chorus. She summarized her review by saying that "So, country radio, do your thing and make this a solid hit. Eric Paslay already has Top 10 success as co-writer of Jake Owen's 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night'. Now it's time for him to stand in the spotlight all by himself.[3]

Chart performance

Chart (2011) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 48


  1. ^ a b "Never Really Wanted - Eric Paslay". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Eric Paslay, 'Never Really Wanted' - Song Review". Taste of Country. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Single Review: Never Really Wanted - Eric Paslay". Urban Country News. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Eric Paslay Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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