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"Mr. Misunderstood"
Single by Eric Church
from the album Mr. Misunderstood
ReleasedNovember 9, 2015 (2015-11-09)
FormatDigital download
  • Country
  • heartland rock
LabelEMI Nashville
  • Eric Church
  • Casey Beathard
Producer(s)Jay Joyce
Eric Church singles chronology

"Mr. Misunderstood" is a song by American country music artist Eric Church. It is the title track to, and lead single from, his fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood.


  • 1 Content
  • 2 Reception
    • 2.1 Critical
    • 2.2 Commercial
  • 3 Music video
  • 4 Accolades
  • 5 Chart performance
  • 6 References


The song's narrator addresses a misfit teenager, expressing sympathy for his being "misunderstood". In it, Church "says some encouraging words about the good things that will happen one day when people will appreciate him — especially the ladies." The song features no chorus, but rather a series of verses that all end in the title phrase. Among the lyrics, he name-drops singers that have influenced him, including Elvis Costello, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.,[1] the last being particularly telling given the similar subject matter and melody of Wilco's song "So Misunderstood" from the album "Being There". He also recalls a young woman with whom he was in love, despite her father's unfavorable opinions of him, as well as Church's own "journey to becoming the musician he is now". As the song's tempo decreases again, Church echoes the title phrase, along with the words "I understand".[2] The song features several changes in tempo, with the middle verses being faster than the slower verses at the beginning and end. Acoustic guitar and steel guitar are the primary instruments.[1]


Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote that the song "opens the door upon the possibility that the rest of the songs on the record -- the tales of heartbreak and longing, maybe even the stories of love and family -- are characters, not confession."[3] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country was also favorable, saying that "At its core, the track is a five-minute pep talk to the freak that lives inside all of us. He keeps rattling that nerve, and it keeps feeling good."[1]

Rolling Stone ranked "Mr. Misunderstood" at number 28 on its annual year-end list to find the best songs of 2015.[4]


On the charts dated for the week ending November 21, 2015, the song debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard Country Airplay and No. 32 on Hot Country Songs, with 18,000 copies sold in its first week.[5] It was the second most-added song to playlists of country stations on the publication's survey, behind only "Break on Me" by Keith Urban. The corresponding album debuted at No. 3 on Top Country Albums in the same week.[6] The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 92 for chart dated January 16. 2016.[7] The song peaked at No. 15 on both the Country Airplay and the Hot Country Songs charts. The song has sold 197,000 copies in the US as of February 2015.[8]

Music video

The song's music video features Church singing the song in a school room. A teenage boy representing the one in the story is seen learning how to play guitar, and at the end of the video, leads the band in the song.[2] The music video won the award for Video of the Year at the 2016 ACM Awards.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Dukes, Billy (November 8, 2015). "ToC Critic's Pick: Eric Church, 'Mr. Misunderstood' [Listen] Read More: ToC Critic's Pick: Eric Church, 'Mr. Misunderstood' [Listen]". Taste of Country. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b McClellan, Laura (November 14, 2015). "Eric Church Unveils Sentimental 'Mr. Misunderstood' Video". Taste of Country. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2015". 
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 9, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: November 9, 2015". Roughstock. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Country Update" (PDF). Billboard. pp. 6, 7, 12, 13. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Hot 100: January 16, 2015". Billboard. 
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (February 20, 2016). "Country's Top 30 Digital Singles Chart: February 22, 2016". Roughstock. 
  9. ^ a b Gilbert, Calvin (April 3, 2016). "Eric Church Surprised With Early Win at ACM Awards". CMT. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Eric Church – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Eric Church.
  11. ^ "Eric Church – Chart history" Billboard Canada Country for Eric Church.
  12. ^ "Eric Church – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Eric Church.
  13. ^ "Eric Church – Chart history" Billboard Country Airplay for Eric Church.
  14. ^ "Eric Church – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Eric Church.

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