Jake Owen – “Eight Second Ride”

Jim Malec | May 27th, 2009

Jake Owen Jake Owen’s upcoming single, “Eight Second Ride,” busts out of the gate like an angry bull with a rocket strapped to its ass. And then it flops around abrasively and awkwardly, somewhat like a milk cow trying to shake a drunken teenager off its back. Despite a pyrotechnic-worthy electric guitar opening, and Owen’s perfectly gruff “Come on!,” this song is comically unrealistic to the point that it is more farce than fantasy.

There’s nothing wrong–or unusual–about country singers trying their hand at comic stylings. The problem here, however, is that that song isn’t meant to be funny. It presents its story as if the events have actually happened, or as if they could, at some point, on some planet in some galaxy, actually happen. And that makes it sound like the worst kind of amateur fare, lacking in self-awareness to the point that we can’t help but feel embarrassed for it.

The lyrical setup employed here by Owen and co-writer Eric Durrance ventures far beyond silly: A woman walks into a bar, where she is immediately hit upon by a guy who uses the lines “have I seen you before” and “you have pretty eyes.” Instead of brushing off the unoriginal schmuck, or even sitting down to talk to him while she has a drink, she turns tail and leaves the bar she just entered—with the guy, of course. There’s a parking lot, a big truck, then some driving, and before long they’re screwing–err…”making love”–on the tailgate.

No doubt she was wooed by ever so romantic words like, “Honey, watch the cup I’m spittin’ my dip inside.” Chaw!

Lest we forget about the fact that the phrase “Eight Second Ride” is used in a completely offhanded and gratuitous manner; this song not only has nothing to do with rodeos, the connection between the story and the hook is so thin and brittle that it crumbles under the pressure of even the slightest amount of cognitive thought.

“Eight Second Ride” is easily a contender for worst song of the year. It is an appalling exercise in everything that can go wrong in country music. Here’s hoping its radio run lasts no longer than its title would imply.

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  1. Tristan
    May 27, 2009 at 8:09 am

    “Here’s hoping its radio run lasts no longer than its title would imply.”

    Ok, that made me laugh! Yeah, this song is bad. Way bad. It’s insanely stupid. Worst song of the year? So far, yeah! Spot on review!

  2. Chris D.
    May 27, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Woo, sounds pretty bad! I’ll skip even listening to this one then…

  3. Jon
    May 27, 2009 at 8:46 am

    But is it worse than the Adam Gregory record?

  4. Jim Malec
    May 27, 2009 at 8:50 am

    That’s a good question, and one that I don’t even want to think about. I already have a bit of a headache this morning, and those two songs would just makes things worse…

  5. Sam G.
    May 27, 2009 at 8:51 am

    So he wrote a song about having sex with a woman and titled it “Eight Second Ride”? They have pills to fix that, Jake.

  6. Erik
    May 27, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Easily the worst song on an otherwise OK album.

  7. Kim
    May 27, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I’m confused. This is on his first album. I thought that was a single of his before “startin’ with me” was. I seem to recall it being his debut single. Why would he (they) release that as a single now? Did they put it on his second album for some reason? (I don’t actually have it)

  8. Andrew
    May 27, 2009 at 9:40 am

    They re-recorded it for some reason and put it on the second album.

  9. Jim Malec
    May 27, 2009 at 9:40 am

    It’s a re-recording of the song on his debut album (which was never released as a single). It also appears on his second album.

  10. John
    May 27, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Why does every song on here get a “thumbs down” review? Not possibly every song on the radio can be that bad.

  11. Sam G.
    May 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Have you tried listening to country radio lately?

  12. Jim Malec
    May 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Have you tried reading every single review here? We have about a 50/50 ratio.

  13. Kim
    May 27, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Oh thanx guys. I guess I thought it was a single because it got pretty good radio play where I am. Re-recording it was dumb.

  14. Paula_W
    May 27, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Is there any other way to listen other than myspace? I cant get myspace here at work.

  15. Jim Malec
    May 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Try youtube, Paula.

  16. Clemson Brad
    May 27, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I agree, this album I thought for the most part was good….but this song…is HORRIBLE…and I am shocked that they released this as the second single with other songs on the album being so much better.

  17. Paula_W
    May 27, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Thanks Jim – I’ll just have to wait til I get home. All “those types” of sites are blocked here at work. :-(

  18. Paula_W
    May 27, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Aha! I finally found a link I could listen to at Roughstock!

    Ok – I expected to like it – just because no one else does – and I’m usually against the grain.

    I was immediately drawn in by the first notes – and then it picked up steam (musically) and I was really hooked.

    Lyrically, I’d give it 5/10. Not that it’s all that bad, but because it’s pretty much been “done to death”.

    However, vocally and musically, I’d give it 8/10. Maybe I’m just in the mood for a little rockin’ this morning?


    As an afterthought, it reminds me a bit of something Hank Jr might have done over the years. (But I like Jake’s voice a whole lot better!)

  19. Nicolas
    May 27, 2009 at 11:27 am

    If only Jake Owen’s career was an “eight second ride”

  20. Rick
    May 27, 2009 at 11:28 am

    The fact it would appear on both of Jake’s albums means he personally loves this song! I’m sure he’s the one who pushed for it to be released as a single just as Taylor Swift did with “Picture To Burn” which was released to radio twice! How a great song like “Yee Haw” could not hit # 1 and this song will likely do well is beyond me. Jim, you really must look at the “AirHead Appeal Factor” of these songs as a relevant marketplace criteria…(lol)

  21. Paula_W
    May 27, 2009 at 11:34 am

    @ Rick – yep, I’m totally bass-ackwards with the concesus here … I hated “YeeHaw”.

  22. Matt. B
    May 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I listened to this one again and I don’t think the lyrics are nearly as bad as it is being made out to be.

  23. Dr. No
    May 27, 2009 at 11:50 am


    We can only hope Owen’s career is an “eight second ride.” He should just do modeling.

    Model-types do not belong in country music, period. Anyone ever heard of Tim Wilson’s “Back When Country Was Ugly?” So true!

  24. Nicolas
    May 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t have anything against any country artist looking attractive, but if that’s all they can bring to the table – like Owen – then they need to hit the road

  25. Matt. B
    May 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    There’s more to Jake Owen than this song.

  26. Jim Malec
    May 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Jake has a good voice, but the songs he chooses seldom allow him to use it.

  27. DJ
    May 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    i like it…more importantly it gets the girls on the dance floor..i’ll take it!

  28. Nicolas
    May 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I also watched the video for the lead single, “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You”… I think he really tried to hard to over-sing and it really sucked

    So far I have no reason to like him, since his singles are bad there’s no point in digging deep for a couple good album cuts

  29. Zach
    May 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    “Jake has a good voice, but the songs he chooses seldom allow him to use it.”

    I thought his last single allowed him to show it off pretty well.

  30. Drew B
    May 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Jake Owen is such a great vocalist, but he has not been consistent yet with singles. He has no identity of his own. His albums have moments, but he nor RCA have done nothing to distinguish him from the current crop of new male vocalists.

  31. corey
    May 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    What puzzles me is that I have heard two really good ballads by Jake that haven’t made either album. One is called Kiss You Good Morning and the other is Always Be My Angel. I’m not sure why this song was on both albums, but neither of these songs made the album. You can listen to both of those songs with in pretty good quality on youtube.

  32. Drew B
    May 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I am wondering if this is getting to be a trend at RCA (including songs leftover from the previous album). They did the same with Kellie Pickler with “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You”. It was on the first album, now it has been re-tooled a bit and is included on the second. Both albums have a scant 10-11 songs. Maybe they are trying to cut costs…who knows?

  33. Matt. B
    May 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Most releases by Sony Nashville as of late have been 10 cuts only.

  34. GRITS
    May 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    For a more Jake-friendly view of this song visit http://tapeplayerhater.blogspot.com.

  35. JD
    May 27, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    While not a daily occurrence for everyone, I can tell you that the scenario in the song is not as preposterous as you’re making it out to be. The song style harkens back to 70′s CDB and Atl Rhythm Sect, which as I recall, was a time when going for a tumble in the back of a pickup, preceded by lame pickup lines was the order of the day. Heck, I can remember a time when….oh, forget it. Let’s just say that things that once were worn like a badge of honor ain’t nothing to be proud of today. Suffice it to say, it happens.

    Musically, I like the feel of it and can ignore lyrics for the most part. Just like back in the day when most rock lyrics were equally lite fare…

    …and it’s a helluva lot better than that cheerleader crap that was reviewed not long ago!!! Hahahahaha

  36. Nicolas
    May 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    @Drew B: The reason behind Kellie Pickler’s song was that she wanted to release it as a single from her debut album, Small Town Girl, but didn’t get the chance – so it was re-recorded and is supposedly going to be released as a single from her sophomore album

    Jake Owen’s reasoning might have been similar, but it may have been related to cutting corners on new material – whearas Pickler’s wasn’t

    And lastly, Kellie Pickler is signed to BNA, not RCA – so there’s not really a record label-specific trend going on here

  37. Drew B
    May 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Maybe “Didn’t You Know…” will see a release then. Actually, RCA Nashville, Arista Nashville, and BNA Records all operate under Sony Entertainment. Through mergers, etc. they are pretty much the same label.

  38. Paula_W
    May 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    @JD – As (I think) I said earlier (or at least I meant to say) I have nothing against the lyrics as far as the lyrics go …. my only lack of interest is that I just feel like “I’ve heard it all before”. I dont think there’s anything at all unbelievable about the lyrics at all. And (I hate to admit) I know a few people living them every day.

    If my only two choices are thumbs up or thumbs down, I give it an “UP”. If I’m rating … 7.8 out of 10.

  39. Brody Vercher
    May 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    This sounds like something Jason Aldean would cut.

  40. Brady Vercher
    May 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Y’all will never believe what I saw when I pulled up Jake Owen’s MySpace page, so I went ahead and took a screenshot just in case.

  41. Rick
    May 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Wow, Brady! Jake’s teeth are really white aren’t they? He must chew Orbit gum! (lol)

  42. Razor X
    May 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    And lastly, Kellie Pickler is signed to BNA, not RCA – so there’s not really a record label-specific trend going on here

    BNA is the sister label to RCA. Both of them, along with Arista and Columbia, are owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

  43. Nicolas
    May 28, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I don’t see why it matters that people are putting out only 10 or 11 songs on an album sometimes … thats what they used to do a long time ago, back when artists put out like an album or more each year

  44. J.R. Journey
    May 28, 2009 at 10:44 am

    But when an artist takes 2-3 years between records, one would assume they could come up with more than 10 tracks that are worth recording during that time. And I thought BNA was swallowed by RCA – I didn’t know it still existed as an individual label? Shows what I know…

  45. Tristan
    May 28, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I thought about it this morning, and though this song may be a headrunner for worst song of the year, we can’t forget Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country”. That song was just awful.

  46. Matt. B
    May 28, 2009 at 10:56 am


    BNA is an individual label in relation to RCA/Arista/Columbia in as much as MCA and Mercury and Lost Highway are @ UMG Nashville.

  47. Drew
    May 28, 2009 at 11:14 am

    What a piece of garbage, can’t believe Owen and co. are going with this as the next single. “Anything For You” could’ve been a #1, especially on the coattails of his last single which just missed.

  48. brian
    May 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    this song is very, very old… heard it at least two, maybe three years ago.

  49. sarah
    May 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    As a songwriter living in Nashville, ive had the opportunity to “work” with Jake MANY times, I’ll be the 1st to admit that Jake has a great voice, but in person, hes cocky and arrogant.
    He lacks an identity on the radio, b/c he lacks one in real life.
    Also, although this song is a co-write (& knowing eric) i strongly believe that this song truly represents the real Jake Owen; lame, degrading, and just plain dumb.

  50. Ben Milam
    June 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    i heard this song over the weekend. when you are at a lakehouse or beach house, you generally just put the radio on and wait it out if a song sucks. we had to turn this one off and play something else. i felt like i needed to wash out my ears after listening to this crap.

  51. Nicolas
    June 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Isn’t the song title in reference to the rodeo somehow? In Joey + Rory’s song they have a line in their song “Rodeo” about that

  52. Brady Vercher
    June 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Yep, Nicolas. It’s in reference to bull riding where a rider has to stay on the bull for 8 seconds for their ride to qualify.

  53. bob
    June 8, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    You can thank dixie is a good song off of the album…

  54. Leandra
    June 10, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Alright, I don’t understand why everyone is picking this song to death. Its a good redneck, partying song. I for one love it. Maybe its just because of who I am. As for pickin at the “Honey, watch the cup I’m spittin’ my dip inside.” Again that’s just a redneck thing. You’d be surprised what a good ole country girl could fall for and big tires on a good lookin truck sure will get a girl fired up. So maybe people should think about both sides and to whom the song appeals to before considering it the “worst song of the year”

  55. debbie
    June 14, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Lots of negativity about this song which surprises me. I have attended several Jake Owen concerts and this song is ALWAYS a crowd favorite. I don’t think the songwriting was intended to make people ‘think’…just have a good time. The reaction at LP Field during CMA Festival was impressive when he performed this song. Cut the guy some slack. Where is it written you have to be ugly with bad teeth to sing country music? I’ve seen Jake perform live and I would put his vocals against ANY other artist out there, which might explain his ACM win as Top New Male Vocalist. This may not be ‘song of the year’,but in my opinion, deserves more respect than what I’m reading here! And for the record, I have found Jake to be an outstanding performer, genuine, fun, and far from ‘dumb’.

  56. Jake
    June 15, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I don’t know about most of you, but i’m in college and anytime this song is being played it gets cranked up and everybody sings along. So maybe he’s targeting a younger crowd. And to say he has no talent and should get out of the business is just rediculous, “Starting With Me” is one of my top slower songs, plus I saw him in concert at Country U.S.A last year and he put on a great show. So thats just my .02 cents

  57. heather allen
    June 15, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    this song is lame….and im starting to think jake is lame. im all about having fun, but REALLY? he doesnt even dip, or drive a truck!
    write what you know, not what you think you knoe/wish you were jakey!

  58. Crystal
    June 29, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Jake Owen is an amazing song writer and performer.. Maybe this song isn’t your cup of tea but he has many other songs that are truly great songs. Try listening to more than one song before you slander a persons music. One of my favorites happen to be “ghost”, but I will be honest I like pretty much every song on both albums.. Not to mention Jake has a wonderful personality, he is really a nice guy and treats his fans like friends…….

  59. Alea
    June 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    “8 Second Ride” may not be my favorite Jake song, and I was sad that it took the place on his second album instead of one his incredibly awesome new songs he has out there. However, it is still a fun song and always has a HUGE audience reaction ~ audiences absolutely love the song!! It is definitely a crowd favorite. So, I can see why Jake wanted it as a single.

    I think Jake has an incredible voice and is an amazing songwriter. Jake has his “off” days, we all do. The only difference is his “off” days take place in the spotlight and are often misread as “arrogant” or “rude.” I think Jake is an amazing guy who goes over and beyond of what his job requires. He tries to make a genuine connection with his fans and like Crystal said he treats his fans like friends, because he knows without the fans he wouldn’t be where he is today.

    I can’t believe how many people can judge him so harshly based on one song he wrote in college over ten years ago.

  60. Jessica
    June 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Listen to Jake sing “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” LIVE and try and say the boy can’t sing. Or any song for that matter. He has an AMAZING voice, especially live.

    There is WAY more to him than his looks. & if you could hear his fans chanting “8 Second Ride” over and over again at his shows, you’d know why he rerecorded it for his 2nd album so he could finally release it as a single. It’s a fan-favorite. Very smart move on his part.

  61. Rakita
    June 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I have always thought of Jake as my brother, and I am here to tell you, he is one of the most amazing people you could ever meet. He wore this song in college 6 or 7 years ago, mostly making fun of hes brother, but more he was just looking far a song of his own to play in the bars.

    Yes this is not his deepest song, but everyone has a right to release a rockin’ party song. And I guarentee that he didn’t have all that much say in what gets released or not, he record company has the last say!!

  62. Shawn
    June 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I personally love “8 Second Ride”. I do believe it took the place of another great song on his second album,but I’m sure the record company had it’s reasons. I hear plenty of songs on the radio that I don’t really care for. I just flip the channel which is my best advice.

  63. Ginger
    June 29, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I must agree with Alea, Crystal, and Jessica! Not only is Jake amazingly talented as a singer and song writer, he is awesome with his fans. I have been to numerous concerts, and everyone always LOVES “Eight Second Ride”. If anyone was at LP Field at the CMA Fest, you would have seen everyone up on their feet singing every word to Jake’s songs! Kudos to Jake and his band for living the dream and for being so successful in such a short duration.

  64. Crystal
    June 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I mean are people not allowed to have fun party songs? He himself stated he wrote this song about 8 years ago while in college when he sung at a local bar because that was the type of music the crowd liked.. Also if you think this song isn’t a possibility (meeting someone, head to the parking lot, making love on some back country road) well I have news for you, go to a local bar, and watch– it happens all the time! For you all to sit here and personally attack Jake over this song is ridiculous! At the time Jake did drive a big truck, and his twin brother Jarrod is the one who dipped; and model-types do not belong in country music, period. ARE YOU SERIOUS? Because he cares about how he looks? Because he happens to look darn good? The man can sing, go catch a show, and he can prove it! Also he wasn’t saying he is an 8 secong ride, but that he is WILDER than any 8 second ride big difference..

  65. Leeann Ward
    June 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Whow, they flock together.

  66. ALLIE
    June 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Oh you are so off base with this one! This is a great party song. Live it’s very riveting and full of energy!!! Jake sounds great on the song. So what it doesn’t have alot of depth to it? WHO CARES???????? IT’S A GREAT SONG FOR SUMMER!!

  67. Andrew Lacy
    June 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I saw Jake live once when he was opening for Sugarland, and I thought this was the worst part of his performance. If you’re going to go on stage wearing an Eddie Rabbitt t-shirt and playing a Buck Owens-style red, white and blue guitar, is it too much to ask that you don’t play anything that would make those two cringe?

  68. Stacey
    June 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Jake is AMAZING! if you give him a chance you will realize how much natural talent he has. He’s so great on stage too makes you feel like he’s singing just for you… oh another thing just like others are saying he is one of the NICEST guys I have ever met!

  69. Stormy
    June 29, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Hmmm, the nice guy and the 8 Second Ride. Can we get Amy Pohler and Seth Myers to do a joke off?

  70. I LOVE 8SR
    June 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Are you serious?! I bet y’all only listened to the song for eight seconds! Every show I’ve seen of Jake’s, the crowd chants “Eight Second Ride!” and it is what gets the crowd pumped. I know it’s not Country like Hank Sr., Waylon, and others, but come on…what has actually been real Country since the 2000s or even the 90s??..not much! It’s just a fun song to drive around with your windows down and the speakers cranked up! I’ve always loved it, but I guess that’s because I’m such a big fan of Jake’s!! And yeah, we Jake fans do flock together like y’all are pretty much flocking together in bashing him and the song. Whatever…lighten up and YEE HAW y’all!

  71. Stormy
    June 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Yeah, from what I can imagine it was nothing like Hank or Waylon. (this thread is going to break my brain.)

  72. Brandi
    June 29, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I love 8 Second Ride. It’s not my favorite Jake Owen song but it’s really really good! We’re not all going to have the same taste in songs so if you don’t like it – you don’t like it! He is an
    AMAZING person, singer, performer, guitar player, etc. The list can go on and on. Cocky and arrogant? Absolutely not! He’s one of the few people out there that knows how to treat his fans and knows that if it weren’t for them he wouldn’t be doing what he loves to do so much. He’s just a good ole country boy and this is a good ole country song. Watch him sing this song on youtube and see the crowd reaction!! They love him and the song!!

  73. Andrew Lacy
    June 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Is it just me, or does this thread look eerily similar to what we get any time we write something critical of Carrie Underwood?

  74. Ginger
    June 30, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Until you guys walk a mile in his shoes…

  75. Margaret
    July 1, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    As the other girls have said..8 second ride is a fan favorite..people enjoy the song and it gets him a GREAT response at his shows..why wouldn’t he release it as a single then? He said he wrote it in college which was a long time ago so it’s obviously not showing his musical and lyrical growth since he started working on his music but he was giving the fans what they wanted, what they asked for for years. I think with a younger crowd this song is going to go extremely far because thats what the young crowd is looking for a song to blast and have fun too..it doesn’t always have to be so serious. I also feel like people take Jake’s dry sense of humor and sarcasm as a cocky thing when it’s not and if you have taken a look at how he has treated his fans you would see that it is far from the truth that he is arrogant or cocky.

  76. Tiffany
    July 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Okay yes just to warn ya I am part of Jake’s flock and proud to be so. I have never met anyone so genuine in my whole life. He truly cares about his fans and if you don’t think so look at his boards…when you talk to him it is like he is just focusing on you at that moment in time….I saw him in April and told him he would be in my hometown in July and on the 1st after the show I talked to him and he remembered that was my hometown…how many artists can you say would do that…Then the fact you say he should be a model and not a singer…if you listen to his interviews he gets mad when people introduce him as the hot singer with a pretty smile he WANTS people to focus on his music and not his looks because his music is what he is on stage for…it is just a plus for us female fans he is sooooo good looking….and Eight Second Ride…go to a concert like the others have said his fans LOVE it…if you are a true country girl you can’t tell me you wouldn’t want to hop in a big ole truck with (as Crystal says) a certain Owen boy and ride around and drive out to Ole Tobacco road and put the tailgate down. If you are dissin this song obviously you are a city slicker because while you may think wine and roses can turn ya on we country girls prefer a ride out in the hills in a big ole truck with a hot country boy by our side. If you don’t get it thats fine but by putting him and this song down you are putting down Redneck America.

  77. Megan
    July 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Yall totally suck! This songs rocks harder than Picture to burn bc most girls that I know TEAR a pic bc it feels better. Also EVERY SINGLE JAKE OWEN FAN LOVES THIS SONG AND HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET TO RAIDO FOR YEARS! Raido thought that it was to vuolgar and they wouldn’t let Jake release it, so he made some changes from the orignal so that he could please his fans!!

    So stop trying to put down a man that SINGS TRUE COUNTRY MUSIC and maybe start tear up someone like carrie underwood who is pop and not country!!

  78. Stormy
    July 3, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Dear Teenage fanbots:
    Things you do not want to mention in your post because they will send you elder readers into a fit of junior high-esque giggles:

    1. Sucking. You do you not want to mention sucking in the context of this song. Don’t ask me why, just trust me on this.
    2. How much you, as girls, love it. Again, fairly obvious reasons.
    3. How nice a guy Jake is, because, let me tell you as a woman of the world, its always the nice guys. We, your elders, know from the title of the song that he must be a nice guy. The d-bag guys don’t have songs titled 8 Second Ride.

    Follow these simple rules and I will no longer spew beer out my nose reading your posts.

  79. Tiffany
    July 4, 2009 at 11:27 am

    This is addressed to Stormy. I am not a teenage fanbot. I am 25 and most of Jake’s fans are not little teenage girls. Like I said before check out his boards. Second I can’t sit here and say that Stormy from the9513.com can’t be a nice person because they have a beer in their hand….excuse me but until you have met a person don’t put them down. I undersand people have different musical interests and not everyone likes the same stuff. If you don’t lke the song that’s fine that’s your opinion and I respect that, but to attack him as a person is uncalled for.

  80. Lucas
    July 4, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I like Jake Owen’s voice, but I don’t like this song. It feels like something that lacked thought on the lyrical side. I REALLY dislike the guitar riff, it doesn’t fit – sounds like a cheap 80′s hair band played it.

    She goes with him because his tires are high on his truck? There’s no way anybody put thought into that. I’ll admit girls like guys that use chewing tobacco though… right? Ok, maybe not.

    Compared to other Jake Owen songs, I think this is a disappointment.

  81. Erin C
    July 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    As today being the day it is, we all have the right to Freedom of Speech but that doesnt include the rights of being a cold hearted character! Not liking the song is perfectly fine because thats your opinion, however dont hate on Jake for us Country Girls wanting to Jump up in that Truck with the cup he spits his dip inside & head down that ol’ Tobacco Road! Ive seen Jake in Concert more than once & each time he has been just as Genuine to me as if I had grew up next to him! I agree that he should be on the cover of GQ magazine but Please dont underestimate his music ability because of his good looks… His Voice & character is more important than his looks will ever be to a Simple Country Girl, although its nice to be able to look at him while listening to him! =)) Its mind blowing to me that people today want to get on here and trash talk someones physical appearance when that is totally out of their control. God has Blessed Jake Owen with many blessings & as a Blessed person we would be just as Happy for him as we would be for ourselves! & just for future reference, Im not a teenage fanbot, I am 28 yrs old with 2 kids that also love to jam to some Jake Owen! His music simply moves you emotionally & physically because while listening to it you connect to him & reality! Ps.. I hope he writes a song about the people that wanna sit and trash talk him & his music.. now this song would be meant to be funny!

  82. Stormy
    July 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I don’t want to sound to old, but back in my day Lee Greenwood could take a morning ride that would last for “an hour or maybe two” and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band encouraged us to get on our high horse and “ride til the break of day.”

  83. Stormy
    July 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Tiffany–had you actually read my response you would see that I agreed with you that Jake is likely a very nice guy.

  84. theibahnbandit
    July 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    So Jake Owen’s fans aren’t 16 year old girls. His fans are 30 year old women who act like 16 year old girls.

    This “8 Second Ride” is so bad it makes “Third Rate Romance” look like a masterpiece of high art.

  85. josh
    July 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    all u guys are stupid its a good song

  86. Lucas
    July 4, 2009 at 11:54 pm


    Third Rate Romance is extremely catchy.

  87. Jon
    July 5, 2009 at 8:38 am

    “Third Rate Romance” *is* a masterpiece of high art.

  88. nm
    July 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I wouldn’t go that far, but it is a good song.

  89. Jamie
    September 9, 2009 at 11:51 am

    First thing i dont understand why everyone is ripping this some apart it is a good fun song and i like it alot. That is probably because I am a good down home redneck girl. In a small town he probably had seen her in the bar before thats not a ridiculous line neither is “Honey watch the cup i spit my dip inside” most redneck women would not take offnese to it at all and you would be suprised the reactions of some. And yall are reading way to deep into this the 8 second ride is not saying that is how long it was its refering to he will be better (wilder)than any 8 second ride (bull riding) again thats a redneck thing. ANYY true country girl is turned on my a big truck and would love to hop in and ride and put the tailgate down with a good ole country boy. Yall are just a bunch of city slickers putting this song down cause you dont understand good ole Redneck Americans

  90. RedNeckJiuJitsu
    September 14, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    It is my firm belief that far too many people listen to and critique country music than the number than have any business doing so. While I don’t appreciate the fornication aspect of the song, I love the rest of the lyrics, melody, and music, and I dare you to show up to a rodeo, county fair, tractor pull, honky-tonk, etc, and try to tell people to their face why you think this song is terrible.

  91. Stormy
    September 14, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Rodeo guys understand why this song is terrible if you’re a woman.
    I’ll let DAC explain it:

  92. Derrek
    October 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    OMG, wtf is wrong with you people. If you people really liked country you would loooove this song. This is on my top songs out of the year, its just plain awesome. Its a fun as hell song and it mentions dip, something real country folk can appreciate. What a horrible review, im sorry but you sound as if the furthest you should venture into country is maybe Taylor Swift.

  93. Gail
    October 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve seen Jake in concert several times and his voice is genuine, strong and talented. He never missed a note and interacted great with the crowd. Love the slow tender songs along with the rocking ones. I love 8 second ride and I think it can appeal to more than one type of fan. Rock on Jake.

  94. Debra
    October 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    As a fan and friend of Jake Owen i love eight second ride.yes it is on his first cd startin with me and on easy does it.they just change the first part on easy does it.he went from yee haw startin with me ,dont think i cant love you to eight second ride.all of his videos have been simple.this one is prombly his best video he has made since he got into country music.

  95. Debra
    October 13, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    go ahead make fun of eight second ride and jake owen.but as one of his fans and member of his fan club all of you SUCK.he is so sweet,nice,polite,funny and he loves what he does.if it wasnt for his fans he would not have a job at all.you are just putting down somebody you dont know.I do you know Jake and he is the nicest guy i know.all of you on here are just plain dumb and stupid.dont know good music when it would bite you in the ass

  96. Burt
    October 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

    This song is real good, great tempo, and fun. It is not meant to be more than fun. Lighten up. I think the review was ill disputed. It seems as people on this thread are severely angry….. at what, just because you don’t have a career that even rivals Jake Owen. Whoa get over yourselves. Have some fun just becuase your mother didn’t love you enough, or possibly loved you too much does not give you a right to run around spreading negativity!

  97. JACOB
    November 3, 2009 at 2:17 am

    I think the song is good you guys are just haters its not the worst country song ever. If you want to hear a horrible artist listen to Keith Urban. At least Jake Owen is an American Country Artist and is not making horrible music fresh off the boat from Australia.

  98. JACOB
    November 3, 2009 at 2:25 am

    “Yeah, from what I can imagine it was nothing like Hank or Waylon. (this thread is going to break my brain.)” @ STORMY why don’t you leave then and take your probably older man’s unwanted comments away from here and make fun of other people who aren’t successful. Maybe that’s why you are puttin’ Jake Owens down is because your not successful, and want to cry about it through a thread on someone who is.

  99. cyndell
    November 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    its a song people. its not supposed to be “real” its supposed to be fun. and you know what some women do just walk into a bar and then turn right around and go back outside with a guy. they are called sluts and they do exist. Its a good country song and i think the best of the year ive been listening to country my whole life and obviously u need a life if ur just going to sit here and crique every single word. its not ment to be about a rodeo its about sex plain and simple. if u dont like it dont listen to it. have u ever heard the song elevator (not sure who its by) well its not about an elevator. its called a metaphor. thats what 8 second ride is supposed to be.

  100. LIZ
    November 30, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    This is the BEST country song of the year!!!

  101. Jack
    February 19, 2010 at 9:11 am

    As for why Jake recorded this song, he said in an interview that his brother asked him why he didn’t do any songs for guys. So he wrote this.

  102. Ben Foster
    March 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    “Eight Second Ride” is a terrible ridiculous excuse for a country song. I have a friend who generally dislikes country music, but likes “Eight Second Ride.” That effectively drives home my point that this song is not country. It belongs to the genre of music known as crap.

  103. Michelle
    March 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    He’s pretty hot, but the cup would have to go. I’d probably still get in the truck with him. Okay, I’d get in the truck with him!!

  104. kyle
    April 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

    why cant you all just listen to the song and not judge it so thoughly its a nice song without everyone trying to find all this meaning in it its a song aka entertainment

  105. Miichelle
    July 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I think 8 second ride was an amazing song, fun to sing and fun to dance to and great to listen to. Real Country music lovers actually love this song.


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