Throwback Jam: Rhett Akins’ “That Ain’t My Truck”

By Emily Wagner

It’s one of those songs that you can identify by the first few guitar picks, the song that you know every word to, but you have no idea how.

25 years ago, Rhett Atkins released the third single off his debut album, “That Ain’t My Truck.” The song was of course written by Atkins, along with Tom Shapiro and Chris Waters.

It’s not your typical, truck driving country song. Instead a truck is the evidence that the girl Rhett is seeing, went ahead and chose the other man she’s been dating. And she didn’t even have the nerve to tell him first. Rhett-or whoever is covering the song- has to find out by driving to his girl’s house, only to find the other man’s truck parked in the driveway. The song, however is surprisingly upbeat; maybe you have to listen to it twice to actually grasp that he is left heartbroken and confused. 

The hit made it all the way to #3 on the US charts in 1995, and stayed on the charts for a total of 21 weeks. It’s easily Atkins biggest hit, as he went on to focus on songwriting, penning nearly every Blake Shelton and Dustin Lynch song out there. But the song never ages.

It’s covered online, in bars, has over 17 million Spotify streams, still gets radio play- now that’s the sign of an iconic song. Plus Peyton Manning sang it, with the help of Rhett’s song, Thomas Rhett.

Not bad at all.