Buy Me a Boat (song)

"Buy Me a Boat" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Chris Janson. It is Janson's fourth single release overall, and also is the lead single to his debut album for Warner Bros. Records Nashville. The song was written by Janson and Chris DuBois.

"Buy Me a Boat"
Single by Chris Janson
from the album Buy Me a Boat
ReleasedMarch 20, 2015 (2015-03-20)
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Chris Janson singles chronology
"Cut Me Some Slack"
"Buy Me a Boat"
"Power of Positive Drinkin'"
Alternate cover
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The song has a male narrator expressing the fact that "money can't buy happiness / but it can buy [him] a boat" and other recreational items.

On writing the song, Janson told Billboard that "I didn't pull any influence from anywhere except the stuff that I loved. The song came so quick and it felt so right and easy and we did it. I'll be the first to tell you that I don't know what a hit is. There was a special feeling and the song had that something, whatever that is... but we didn’t want to jinx it. It wasn’t a big plan where we were scheming behind the scenes. This is real."[2]


Janson's previous label, Bigger Picture Music Group, closed in May 2014. After its closure, he self-released "Buy Me a Boat" to iTunes on March 20, 2015.[3] The song gained attention after it received some radio airplay on the Bobby Bones Show the day of its release, sending the song to the top of iTunes country chart.[4] The song also received a boost from Toby Keith who tweeted his support to his fans.[3] On the strength of its performance, Janson became signed to Warner Bros. Records Nashville, and the song was re-released as a single.[5] The single was selected by iHeartMedia for their "On The Verge" program that showcased new artists, giving the song airplay on 140 country radio stations for six weeks, starting May 4, 2015.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

An uncredited review from Taste of Country praised the "sharp lines" of the song and the prominent electric guitar in the production, in addition to saying that "[t]he mellow country-rocker is the sort of blue collar hero song that gets released every spring, but it comes across with sincerity sorely lacking from many others."[7]

Commercial performanceEdit

Based purely on radioplay by Bobby Bones and word of mouth, the song reached No. 1 on the iTunes country chart over the weekend the song was played, selling 21,000 copies in three days.[8] It debuted on the Country Digital Songs chart at No. 8 and Hot Country Songs at No. 33.[9] The song was re-released in late April 2015, and debuted on the Country Airplay chart at No. 60 (chart date May 16, 2015). It topped the Most Increased Audience and Most Added radio chart in its second week of release, jumping from No. 60 to No. 29 in the Country Airplay chart.[10] After climbing up the radioplay chart, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at 92 for the chart dated June 13, 2015. The song peaked at No. 41 on the Hot 100 for the chart of September 12, 2015, and two weeks later at No. 3 on the Country Airplay chart and No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 14, 2015, and Platinum on December 10, 2015.[11] The song reached its million sales mark in August 2016.[12] and has sold 1,084,000 copies in the United States as of November 2016.[13]

Music videoEdit

The television network Country Music Television (CMT) financed and produced the song's music video, the first music video ever financed by the network itself. The video also features Nashville superstar actor Charles Esten.[14]

Charts and certificationsEdit


  1. ^ a b Matt Bjorke (March 23, 2015). "Chris Janson - "Buy Me A Boat"". Roughstock.
  2. ^ Chuck Dauphin (April 3, 2015). "Chris Janson Talks About 'Buy A Boat,' the Song He's 'Always Wanted to Make'". Billboard.
  3. ^ a b "Chris Janson's 'Boat' Launches with A Push from Bobby Bones" (PDF). Billboard.
  4. ^ Joseph Hudak (March 23, 2015). "How Unknown and Unsigned Artist Chris Janson Dominated iTunes". Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ Matt Bjorke (April 23, 2015). "Chris Janson Signs To Warner Bros Records". Roughstock.
  6. ^ Jessica Nicholson (April 23, 2015). "Warner Music Nashville Signs Chris Janson". Music Row.
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  8. ^ Matt Bjorke (March 25, 2015). "Country Music's Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of March 25, 2015". Roughstock.
  9. ^ Gary Trust (March 26, 2015). "Chris Janson's 'Boat' Launches on Hot Country Songs, With Pushes From Bobby Bones & Toby Keith". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Urban Lights Up Fourth 'Fuse' No. 1 With Church; Underwood, McGraw Hit Top 10" (PDF). Billboard.
  11. ^ a b "American single certifications – Chris Janson – Buy Me a Boat". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  12. ^ Bjorke, Matt (August 8, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Chart: August 8, 2016". Roughstock.
  13. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (November 28, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Sales Report: November 28, 2016". Roughstock.
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  15. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Chris Janson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Best of 2015: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  21. ^ "Best of 2015: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  22. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Chris Janson – Buy Me a Boat". Music Canada.