Honky Tonk Badonkadonk

Album: Songs About Me (2005)
Charted: 30
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by the country songwriters Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser and Dallas Davidson. Johnson told Country Music Television (CMT): "We were drinking over at the Wildhorse Saloon one night. We were watching this girl dance on the dance floor. She was kind of a healthy girl - looked like somebody had shoved a refrigerator in her pants. We were drinking, but she was drunk. She was done. She was bouncing into people and running folks over and causing a ruckus. We thought it was funny, but Randy looked out there and saw that butt of hers and said, 'Badonkadonk.' Right after that, he said 'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.' Me and Dallas were just so proud to have another word that rhymed with 'Honky Tonk" we didn't know what to do. We wrote that song in about an hour and spent 30 minutes of that laughing."

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 2006 {January 29th} Trace Adkins' "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" peaked at #2* {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, for the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Jesus, Take The Wheel" by Carrie Underwood...
    As noted above, "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" reached #30 on Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    Between 1996 and 2019 the Sarepta, Louisiana native had thirty-nine records on the Hot Country Singles chart, fifteen made the Top 10 with four reaching #1, "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing" for one week in March of 1997, "Ladies Love Country Boys" for two weeks in March of2007, "You're Gonna Miss This" for three weeks in April of 2008, and "Hillybilly Bone" (with Blake Sheldon) for one week in March of 2010...
    Tracy Darrell Adkins celebrated his 59th birthday earlier this month on January 13th, 2021...
    * "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" was Trace Adkins' second of two of his records to peak at #2 on the Hot Country singles chart, his other #2 record was "I Left Something Turned On at Home" for two weeks in July of 1997...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the Hot Country Singles' Top 10 on January 29th, 2006:
    At #3. "She Let Herself Go" by George Strait
    #4. "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley featuring Dolly Parton
    #5. "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" by Billy Currington
    #6. "My Old Friend" by Tim McGraw
    #7. "Like We Never Loved At All" by Faith Hill
    #8. "Just Might (Make Me Believe)" by Sugarland
    #9. "Tonight I Wanna Cry" by Keith Urban
    #10. "Your Man" by Josh Turner

  • Daniel from Winchester, OhioThe dance remix of this song is better than the original to be honest.
  • Andrew from ???, Ini loved this song ever since the first time i heard it
  • Landon from Winchester, OhThis song lead to a Wikipedia article defining the term "Badonkadonk" as "a slang word for a woman's buttocks, usually firm." How was the name decided? By the sound that both the cheeks make when they bump into eachother. I think this song is a step forward in country music. I think every once in a while, a country singer should push the limits of singing about love, heartbreak, Dixie, and America and sing about something completely out of whack, like Tracy Adkins did!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Motley Crue

Motley CrueFact or Fiction

Was Dr. Feelgood a dentist? Did the "Crüecifixion" really happen?

Maria Muldaur

Maria MuldaurSongwriter Interviews

The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal. She talks about her jug band beginnings and shares a Dylan story.

16 Songs With a Heartbeat

16 Songs With a HeartbeatSong Writing

We've heard of artists putting their hearts into their music, but some take it literally.

"Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit: A Timeline

"Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit: A TimelineSong Writing

Untangling the events that led to the "Stairway To Heaven" lawsuit.

Marvin Gaye

Marvin GayeFact or Fiction

Did Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?

Michelle Branch

Michelle BranchSongwriter Interviews

Michelle Branch talks about "Everywhere," "The Game Of Love," and her run-in with a Christian broadcasting network.