|"Take a Back Road"|
|Single by Rodney Atkins|
|from the album Take a Back Road|
|Released||April 25, 2011|
|Rodney Atkins singles chronology|
"Take a Back Road" is a song written by Rhett Akins and Luke Laird and recorded by American country music singer Rodney Atkins. It was released in April 2011 as the first single and title track from Atkin's album of the same name. The song reached number one the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in October 2011.
Co-writer Rhett Akins came up with the song's title after hearing a friend say that listening to a Hank Williams, Jr. album made him "want to ride a dirt road right now." Laird came up with a drum loop to which he could not think of any lyrics, and Akins recommended the hook. The two of them changed the line to "take a back road" and decided to give it a rhythmic phrasing.
Giving it four stars out of five, Matt Bjorke of Roughstock called it "the perfect song to listen to when feeling like 'escaping' the pressures of the world for a few minutes". Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a C+ rating. Coyne states that everyone already knew what the song was going to be about and that he gave it a "bonus + for rhyming gravel with travel."  Steve Leggett of Allmusic called it "one of the summer's most memorable singles (complete with a George Strait name check)."
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||23|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||48|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone