It Happens

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"It Happens"
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Single by Sugarland
from the album Love on the Inside
ReleasedFebruary 9, 2009 (2009-02-09)
GenreCountry, comedy
LabelMercury Nashville
Songwriter(s)Kristian Bush
Jennifer Nettles
Bobby Pinson
Producer(s)Byron Gallimore
Sugarland singles chronology
"Already Gone"
"It Happens"

"It Happens" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music duo Sugarland. It was released in February 2009 as the third single from their album Love on the Inside. The duo's members, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, wrote the song along with Bobby Pinson, with whom the duo also co-wrote the album's first two singles, "All I Want to Do" and "Already Gone".


"It Happens" is an up-tempo accompanied by steel-string acoustic guitar and electric guitar. In it, the female narrator (Jennifer Nettles, the duo's lead singer) tells of oversleeping and coming to work late. She borrows her neighbor's car to drive to "Wally World" in the second verse, and is involved in an accident with her ex and his new girlfriend. A "Pssh" sound precedes the phrase "It happens" on all but the second chorus, so as to make the phrase sound like "shit happens".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In his review of the album, Entertainment Weekly critic Chris Willman said that the song recalled "cheekily potty-mouthed hits like Blake Shelton's 'Some Beach'."[1] Thom Jurek of Allmusic cited the song as an example of the album's personal influence, as Nettles had gone through a divorce while writing it.[2] Matt Bjorke described the song favorably as well in his review for the Roughstock website. He called it "a playful, irreverent song" and considered it a better single choice than "Love" (which was originally slated as the album's third single), because he thought that "It Happens" showed a more traditionally country sound than "Love" did.[3]

Matt C., in his review of the album for Engine 145, said that Nettles seemed to show more interest in "frivolous tracks" such as "It Happens" as compared to the more serious tracks.[4] Country Universe critic Blake Boldt gave it a C rating, saying that it was a "needless novelty" but a "necessary evil in a corporate radio world".[5]


"It Happens" was nominated at the 52nd Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, but lost to Lady Antebellum's "I Run to You."


The following musicians play on this track.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"It Happens" debuted at #40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for February 28, 2009.[7] The song became the duo's fifth U.S. Number One song on the chart week of May 23, 2009, holding that position for two weeks.

Chart (2009) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 47
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 33
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 33


  1. ^ a b Willman, Chris (July 25, 2008). "Love on the Inside review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Love on the Inside review". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Sugarland – "It Happens"". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  4. ^ Matt C. (2008-07-22). "Love on the Inside review". Engine 145. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  5. ^ Boldt, Blake (2009-02-13). "Sugarland — "It Happens"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  6. ^ Love on the Inside (Deluxe Fan Edition) (CD booklet). Sugarland. Mercury Nashville. 2008. 11476.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart listing for "It Happens"". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  8. ^ "Sugarland Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  9. ^ "Sugarland Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "Sugarland Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.

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