Choices (Billy Yates song)

Single by George Jones
from the album Cold Hard Truth
Released May 8, 1999
Format CD
Genre Country
Length 3:23
Label Asylum
Writer(s) Mike Curtis
Billy Yates
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
George Jones singles chronology
"You Don't Seem to Miss Me" (with Patty Loveless)
"The Cold Hard Truth"

"Choices" is a Grammy-award winning country music song written by Billy Yates and Mike Curtis, first recorded by Yates on his 1997 self-titled album for Almo Sounds.[1] It was later covered by George Jones, who released as the first single from his album The Cold Hard Truth on May 8, 1999, and it peaked at number 30 on the Billboard country charts.


After recording five studio albums for MCA Nashville between 1991 and 1998, Jones signed with Asylum and released the single "Choices." The music video, which features photographs of the singer throughout his life, had a more gripping resonance in light of Jones's March 1999 drunk driving accident with lines like, "Now I'm living and dying with the choices I've made." Radio stations began receiving calls to hear it and the song eventually reached the Top 30 and won Jones the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The song was at the center of controversy when the Country Music Association invited Jones to perform it on the awards show, but required that he perform an abridged version. Jones refused and did not attend the show. Alan Jackson was disappointed with the association's decision, and halfway through his own performance during the show, he signalled to his band and played part of Jones' song in protest.[2]

Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, a George Jones fan, released a version of the song on the 2015 LP Can't Forget. The day Jones died in 2013, Cohen performed "Choices" on stage in Winnipeg, Canada as a tribute to the country legend.

Chart performance

Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 30
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 30

External links

  1. "Billy Yates". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  2. "Country Music Controversy". People. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  3. "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 8473." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 30, 1999. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  4. "George Jones – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Jones.
Preceded by
If You Ever Have Forever in Mind
by Vince Gill
Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Succeeded by
Solitary Man
by Johnny Cash


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