Honky Tonk Badonkadonk

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"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
Single by Trace Adkins
from the album Songs About Me
ReleasedOctober 3, 2005 (2005-10-03)
  • 4:01 (album version)
  • 3:36 (radio edit)
  • 4:00 (video remix)
LabelCapitol Nashville
Producer(s)Dann Huff
Trace Adkins singles chronology
"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"

"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" is a song written by Dallas Davidson, Randy Houser and Jamey Johnson, and recorded by American country music artist Trace Adkins. It was released in October 2005 as the third and final single from his album Songs About Me. The song was a crossover hit for Adkins, peaking at number 2 on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart, and reaching the top 40 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts, making it his first top 40 hit on both charts. It was also certified gold for more than 500,000 musical downloads.[1] Its ringtone also received more than 75,000 downloads.[2]

"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" is also the name of a European compilation built around various mixes of the song.[3]


According to Jamey Johnson, who co-wrote the song with Dallas Davidson and Randy Houser, the idea for "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" came when Johnson, Davidson, and Houser were watching a young woman dancing at a club. Houser came up with the title "honky tonk badonkadonk," in reference to the slang term "badonkadonk," which references shapely buttocks. Within an hour, the three had written the song.[4]

Music videos[edit]

A music video was also made, featuring an alternate, remixed version of the song.[1] The video remix, along with two other remixes and a reprise of the original mix, are also featured on Adkins' 2006 album Dangerous Man. The song was used in the film Crank: High Voltage. Craig Ferguson used this song for his cold opening on the 1,000th episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. It also featured in the fifth episode of the tenth season of the cult sci-fi show The X-Files, during a dream sequence in which Fox Mulder trips on what he thinks are magic mushrooms.

Appearance in media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" entered the Hot Country Songs chart in early 2005 at number 58 based on unsolicited airplay. The song was officially released later in that same year and debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 1, 2005. It peaked at number 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart in early 2006.


Certifications for Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] 3× Platinum 3,000,000
United States (RIAA)[10]
Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ a b CMT.com : Trace Adkins : Adkins' "Badonkadonk" Shaking Out as Real Moneymaker
  2. ^ "MonroeNews.com". MonroeNews.com. 2006-11-27. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom (2006-06-27). "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk - Trace Adkins". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
  4. ^ CMT.com : Jamey Johnson stirs fans with "The Dollar"
  5. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Thrillville PARK Radio 5 - Frontierville". YouTube.
  6. ^ "Trace Adkins Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Trace Adkins Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Trace Adkins – Honky Tonk Badonkadonk". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 11, 2022.
  10. ^ "American ringtone certifications – Trace Adkins – Honky Tonk Badonkadonk". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 11, 2022.