Chains (Patty Loveless song)

"Chains" is a song written by Hal Bynum and Bud Reneau, and recorded by American country music artist Patty Loveless. It was released in December 1989 as the fifth single from her album Honky Tonk Angel.

Single by Patty Loveless
from the album Honky Tonk Angel
B-side"I'm On Your Side"
ReleasedDecember 1989
RecordedMay 1988
LabelMCA Nashville 53764
Songwriter(s)Hal Bynum
Bud Reneau
Producer(s)Tony Brown
Patty Loveless singles chronology
"The Lonely Side of Love"
"On Down the Line"
Music video
"Chains" on YouTube


"Chains" was Loveless's second career No. 1 hit, with both this song and the earlier "Timber I'm Falling In Love" coming from Honky Tonk Angel.

In its original form, the song had a much slower tempo than the one recorded by Loveless. Tony Brown, one of her producers at the time, decided to speed up the tempo for the arrangement she recorded.

The song charted for 26 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart, reaching No. 1 during the week of March 10, 1990.


Weekly charts

Chart (1989-1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[1] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 41
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 9


  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.

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