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"Thank God I'm a Country Boy"
Single by John Denver
from the album Back Home Again
Released March 1975
Format 7"
Recorded 1974
Genre country, pop
Length 3:13 (1974 studio version)
3:40 (live version)
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) John Sommers
John Denver singles chronology
"Sweet Surrender"
(1975)
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy"
(1975)
"I'm Sorry"
(1975)
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"Thank God I'm a Country Boy", also known as "Country Boy" is a song written by John Martin Sommers and recorded by singer/songwriter John Denver.

The song was originally included on Denver's 1974 album Back Home Again. A version recorded live at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles was included on his 1975 album An Evening With John Denver.

The live version was released as a single and went to No. 1 on both the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles and Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song topped both charts for one week each, first the country chart (on May 31), and the Hot 100 chart a week later.

"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" was one of six songs released in 1975 that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Denver's two-sided hit "I'm Sorry"/"Calypso" also received that distinction.

Chart performance

Chart (1975) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Cover versions

In popular culture

Preceded by
"Roll On Big Mama"
by Joe Stampley
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 24-May 31, 1975
Succeeded by
"Window Up Above"
by Mickey Gilley
Preceded by
"I'm Not Lisa"
by Jessi Colter
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 31, 1975
Preceded by
"Before the Next Teardrop Falls"
by Freddy Fender
Billboard Hot 100
number one single

June 7, 1975
Succeeded by
"Sister Golden Hair"
by America
Preceded by
none
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single of the year

1975
Succeeded by
none
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