Chris Stapleton Scores Third No. 1 Hit with “You Should Probably Leave”

Neotraditionalist Chris Stapleton is known for penning a number of mainstream, conventional country songs. Stapleton’s wheelhouse lies in an individualistic sonic landscape but his latest contribution to country radio has earned him another title for his shelf – a third number-one hit.


“You Should Probably Leave,” co-written by Stapleton, Chris DuBois, and Ashley Gorley and produced by Dave Cobb, is featured on Stapleton’s fourth studio album Starting Over. This rootsy, grit-bronzed track is soaked with rhythmic and repetitious ingredients like aged wine. Its honest lyricism tells the story of an intoxicated couple who can’t keep their hands off of each other, even when they know it’s going to end poorly. It’s the oldest song on the record as it was written in 2014 and even performed at Musicians Corner in Nashville. He sings, “Cause I know you and you know me / And we both know where this is gonna lead / You want me to say that I want you to stay / So you should probably leave.”


The unconventional “You Should Probably Leave” is the singer-songwriter’s third  number-one single following “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Starting Over.” “Tennessee Whiskey,” written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove, is found on Stapleton’s debut record Traveller and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s US Hot Country Songs Chart. The album also reached No. 1.  “Starting Over” is the lead single from the same-titled record released via Mercury Nashville Sound. Co-written with Mike Henderson, this track also reached No. 1 on Billboard’s US Hot Country Songs Chart.


During Stapleton’s career, the songwriter has garnered over 170 writing credits and has written number one songs including Luke Bryan’s “Drink A Beer,” Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More,” “George Strait’s “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright,” and Josh Turner’s “Your Man.”


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