Check Yes or No

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"Check Yes or No"
Single by George Strait
from the album Strait Out of the Box
ReleasedSeptember 18, 1995
RecordedApril 10, 1995
LabelMCA 12236
Songwriter(s)Danny Wells
Dana Hunt Black
Producer(s)Tony Brown
George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"Lead On"
"Check Yes or No"
"I Know She Still Loves Me"

"Check Yes or No" is a song written by Danny Wells and Dana Hunt Black, and recorded by American country music singer George Strait. It was released in September 1995 as the lead single from his box set Strait Out of the Box. It peaked at number-one on both the U.S. Billboard country chart and the Canadian RPM country chart. It was also included as a bonus track on the UK released version of the Blue Clear Sky album in 1996.


"Check Yes or No" tells the story of two schoolchildren who develop a crush on one another,[1] passing love notes and flirting on the playground. In the second verse, the song shifts to the present, with the narrator celebrating their longevity after two decades of marriage.

The song was written by Danny Wells and Dana Hunt Black, two Nashville songwriters. It was both of their first songs to be recorded by a major artist. In an interview, Black recalled that she had originally developed the song's chorus a year before she moved to the Music City, but kept it to herself. In a songwriting session with Wells at the ASCAP offices, Black shared the idea, and the two got to work developing the song.[2] An original demo of the song was included on the 2010 compilation The Original Songwriter Demos Volumes 1 & 2.[3] Strait was particularly fond of the song upon his first listen. "That was one of the songs though that I knew, right away when I first heard it, I wanted to cut it," he remarked to CMT, adding that his toddler son was a big fan.[4][5] Strait recorded the song at Emerald Sound Studios in Nashville on April 10, 1995.[6]


Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably saying that the song "is another winner from country music's most consistent hit maker." She also states that Strait delivers it with "warmth and charm, as well as with an upbeat melody tailor-made for country radio."[7] In a 2017 profile of Strait for The New Yorker, Kelefa Sanneh characterized it as a "good-natured radio perennial."[8]

The song was awarded a CMA[9] and an ACM for Single of the Year.[10] "Check Yes or No" remains one of Strait's biggest singles in the streaming age:[11] it still regularly attracted hundreds of weekly spins on key country radio stations in the 2010s, and was ranked by listeners as their favorite CMA Single of the Year of the preceding quarter-century.[12]


The song has been covered by Kane Brown,[13] Austin Mahone[14] and Scotty McCreery, both in his finale of American Idol[15] and at live shows.[16] Strait himself requested McCreery perform the song on Idol.[17] Florida Georgia Line reference "Check Yes or No" on their album Dig Your Roots.[18]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song featured actor/singer/songwriter Michael Ray Ryan as the main character and Dawn Waggoner (the real-life founder of the Texas Bikini Team) as the main character's leading lady.

Chart positions[edit]

"Check Yes or No" debuted at number 63 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of September 23, 1995. It topped the charts for four weeks upon its ascent to the summit.[4]

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[19] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[20] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[21] 19


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[22] 3× Platinum 3,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ Vaughn, Grace Lenehan (August 19, 2022). "'Check Yes or No': George Strait's Sweet Tune Earned Approval From His Son, Bubba". Wide Open Country. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  3. ^ LeMay, Joseph (September 20, 2010). "Coming Soon: Country's Biggest Hits, In Demo Form". American Songwriter. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
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  7. ^ Billboard, September 30, 1995
  8. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (July 17, 2017). "George Strait's Long Ride". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  9. ^ Archives, L.A. Times (April 25, 1996). "Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain Top Country Music Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  10. ^ "He's 71! See the Best Pictures of George Strait Through the Years". Taste of Country. May 18, 2023. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  11. ^ Smith, Lauren (May 18, 2023). "5 Facts You May Not Know About George Strait - The Bobby Bones Show". The Bobby Bones Show. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  12. ^ Stark, Phyllis (November 3, 2015). "How CMA Singles of the Year Endure At Country Radio, Or Don't". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  13. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (August 29, 2017). "Kane Brown's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  14. ^ Peters, Mitchell (July 26, 2014). "Austin Mahone Covers George Strait & Fifth Harmony Debuts New Song at Tour Launch: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  15. ^ Caramanica, Jon (May 25, 2011). "'American Idol' Season 10 Finale". ArtsBeat. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  16. ^ "Scotty McCreery at the Beacon Theater". The New York Times. November 25, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  17. ^ Aniftos, Rania (July 28, 2022). "Here Are the Lyrics to Scotty McCreery's 'Damn Strait'". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  18. ^ Roland, Tom (August 30, 2016). "Florida Georgia Line's 'Dig Your Roots' Aims For Maturity In Chaotic Times". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  19. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2817." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 27, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
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  21. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1995". RPM. December 18, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – George Strait – Check Yes Or No". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 28, 2023.