Anyway (Martina McBride song)

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Single by Martina McBride
from the album Waking Up Laughing
Released November 6, 2006
Format CD single
Genre Country pop, CCM
Length 4:46 (Album Version)
4:40 (Single Edit)
4:19 (Radio Fade)
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Martina McBride, Brad Warren, Brett Warren
Producer(s) Martina McBride
Martina McBride singles chronology
"I Still Miss Someone"
"How I Feel"
Music video
"Anyway" at

"Anyway" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Martina McBride. The song was released in November 2006 following a performance on the 2006 CMA Awards, and served as the lead-off single from her album Waking Up Laughing. McBride wrote the song with The Warren Brothers.


The song marks the first time in Martina's career that she has co-written one of her own singles.[1] It is an inspirational song based on a favorite poem of Mother Teresa's, written by Kent Keith, which he originally titled, "The Paradoxical Commandments".[2]

At the 2007 Country Music Association Awards, "Anyway" was nominated for Single of the Year and Song of the Year awards.

"Anyway" was first released on November 6, 2006, where McBride performed the song to promote it. However, the single was released to the iTunes Store February 13, 2007.

Kristy Lee Cook performed the song on the seventh season of American Idol on Top 8 Inspirational Week in 2008.

Lauren Alaina performed the song on the 10th season of American Idol on Top 4 Inspirational Week in 2011. It was considered as one of the best versions of the original song.

Music video

A music video was released for the song and was directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions. In the view, McBride is shown standing in the middle of a street with pedestrians walking past her. These people are then shown standing together on a sidewalk, waiting for a stoplight that turned red. Throughout the video, each individual's thoughts appear as text on the screen. Scenes of McBride performing in a dark room with strings of hanging blue and white lights are also featured. The video ends with the light turning green, and everyone, including McBride, walking away.

Chart performance

"Anyway" was Martina McBride's biggest hit since 2004, reaching a peak of number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in mid-2007. The song was also a Top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and a Top 20 hit on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

Chart (2006–2007) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 32
US Billboard Pop 100 57
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 14
US Billboard Hot Christian Songs[6] 22

Year-end charts

Chart (2007) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 14


In 2008, the song was nominated for a Dove Award for Country Recorded Song of the Year at the 39th GMA Dove Awards.[8]


  1. Martina McBride Will Keep You Up Singing With Waking Up Laughing - Knight Life Archived October 6, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "News : 20 Questions : 20 Questions with Martina McBride". 2007-04-23. Retrieved 2012-09-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Martina McBride – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Martina McBride.
  4. "Martina McBride – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Martina McBride.
  5. "Martina McBride – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Martina McBride.
  7. "Best of 2007: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Nominations Announced for 39th GMA Dove Awards on (February 14, 2008)

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