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Trace Adkins, ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’ — Story Behind the Song

Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson wrote ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’ together, and Trace Adkins released the song as the third single from 2004’s ‘Songs About Me.’ The tune became a crossover hit, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and landing in the Top 40 on the Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts, not to mention earning a gold certification. Below, Johnson tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

We were hanging out at the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville, and my buddy Rob was bartending. We were poor songwriters, so we’d go in there and get free beer [laughs]. Me, Dallas and Randy were hanging out there, just cutting up and cracking jokes, watching this girl on the dance floor who had this huge butt.

[Laughs] It looked like somebody stuffed a beach ball in her pants. So we got to laughing at this girl — she was drunk as hell, just completely wasted, and having the time of her life. She didn’t care who was looking; she didn’t care who she bumped into. So we started popping one-liners, and we threw out this word, “badonkadonk.” And a minute later, we said, “Honky tonk badonkadonk — hell yeah, we’ve gotta write that!”

So we wrote that song in just about an hour, but spent half that time just laughing. And it turned out to be the best damn joke any of us had ever told!

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