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"When the Stars Go Blue"
Song by Ryan Adams

from the album Gold

Released September 25, 2001
Genre Alternative country, Rock
Length 3:31
Label Lost Highway
Writer Ryan Adams
Producer Ethan Johns

"When the Stars Go Blue" is a popular alternative country song originally composed and performed by solo artist and former Whiskeytown band member Ryan Adams. It was first released with his album Gold on September 25, 2001. Following his version, Celtic band The Corrs and country music singer Tim McGraw have both recorded their own cover versions of the song, in 2002 and 2006 respectively. The Corrs' version was a Top 20 pop hit, while McGraw's was a Top 5 country hit. It was also featured in One Tree Hill as a hit song by fictional characters Haley James Scott and Chris Keller (real life singers Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hilton) and features on the One Tree Hill Soundtrack.


The Corrs version

"When the Stars Go Blue"
Single by The Corrs
from the album VH1 Presents: The Corrs, Live In Dublin
Released January 2002
Format CD single
Recorded January 25th, 2002
Genre Celtic, Folk-rock
Length 4:20
Label 143/Lava/ATlantic
Writer(s) Ryan Adams
Producer Mitchell Froom
The Corrs singles chronology
"Would You Be Happier? (Live)"
"When the Stars Go Blue"
"Summer Sunshine"

The Corrs recorded the song on their album VH1 Presents: The Corrs, Live In Dublin in 2002, featuring U2's Bono. The song was remixed for their album Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection during 2007, and released as a single in Spain, reaching #1 at the airplay chart in September.


  • CD
  1. "When the Stars Go Blue (featuring Bono)" – 4:20

Music video

The Corrs and Bono in the music video for "When the Stars Go Blue"

The video for "When the Stars Go Blue" is pieced together from the "Live" session at VH1.


Chart Peak
U.S. Adult Top 40[1] 18
Spanish Airplay Chart[2] 1

Tim McGraw cover

"When the Stars Go Blue"
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Greatest Hits Vol. 2
Released February 2006
Genre Country
Length 3:55
Label Curb Records
Writer(s) Ryan Adams
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"My Old Friend"
"When the Stars Go Blue"
"My Little Girl"

In 2006, the song was released by Tim McGraw as the first single from his album Tim McGraw Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2, with added country-style and more instrumental aid.

Music video

The video was directed by Sherman Halsey. It features McGraw performing in a snowy background surrounded by clusters of pine trees. The video was shot in black-and-white. Throughout the video, several reflections of people can be seen in the trees. In the end of the clip, McGraw starts to walk backwards, turns around, starts to run, then disappears. The version of the song in the video is edited to fit into the time of 3:19.

Chart performance

Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 37
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 50
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 12
Canadian Radio & Records Country Singles 1
Preceded by
"The Lucky One"
by Faith Hill
Canadian Country Singles Chart
number-one single (Tim McGraw version)

May 19-June 9, 2006
Succeeded by
"The World"
by Brad Paisley


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