On This Day: Dierks Bentley Records ‘Drunk on a Plane’ in 2013

by Thad Mitchell
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As one of the top country music acts of this generation, Dierks Bentley needs no introduction to fans of the genre.

Bentley broke into the country music world nearly two decades ago and remains at the top of his game. The singer and songwriter has put out nine studio albums, garnering much success and notoriety along the ways. His success in the music industry has earned him several Grammy Award nominations and multiple Country Music Association Awards.

Bentley has put 25 singles onto the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, with 17 singles reaching the top spot. Some of his biggest hits include “Come a Little Closer,” “Settle for a Slow Down” and “Every Mile a Memory.”

One of Bentley’s greatest hits is his seventh studio album “Riser,” which came out in early 2014. The album did quite well for Bentley, becoming his seventh album to earn a spot in the top 10. It earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Album of the Year.

Dierks Bentley Has Hit Song on His Hands With ‘Drunk on a Plane’

“Drunk on a Plane” also did very well for the country singer, becoming one of his popular hit singles. He recorded the hit song on this date (Feb. 27) back in 2013.

The song was written by Bentley along with country songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Thompkins. The song did so well it was certified as “Platinum” by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The music video for “Drunk on a Plane” won the CMA award for “Music Video of the Year” in 2014.

According to Bentley, the song tells the story of a guy left at the alter by a woman. Despite the heartbreak, the man summons the courage to board a plane to Cancun to get back into the game — so to speak.

“I went in to write with those guys, and had an idea,” he says. Josh threw that idea out, and he said, ‘I always wanted to write a song called ‘Drunk on a Plane.’ Of course, I’m obsessed with planes, so I’m like, ‘I love that! I’ve got to have a song called ‘Drunk on a Plane.’ Just thinking about the idea of being drunk on a plane and all the crazy things that could happen or do happen.”

The up-tempo country tune would go on to push Bentley even further up the country music ladder. Many believe “Drunk on a Plane” to be one the singer’s all-time greatest hit.

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