On This Date: Merle Haggard’s ‘It’s Not Love, (But It’s Not Bad)’ Was The Number One Album In Country Music In 1973

Merle Haggard country music

On this date, The Hag was topping the charts yet again.

It’s Not Love, But It’s Not Bad was Merle’s 15th career studio album, released in December of 1972, it didn’t take long for it to top the charts.

Featuring “Somewhere To Come When It Rains,” “My Woman Keeps on Loving Her Man,” “I Wonder Where I’ll Find You at Tonight,” it was only the title track that was released as a single.

Written by Hank Cochran and Glenn Martin, it’s a song about having a person who you can escape too after true love leaves you. Sure, they’re not your future spouse, but hey, they’re there for you right now and isn’t that what counts today?

“She was always there each time I needed you
Holding on to me like I held on to you
We still don’t have what you and I once had
No, It’s not love but it’s not bad.”

Is it Merle’s finest song? Safe to say no, but hey, it sure ain’t bad…

It was good enough to clock in as Merle’s 13th Number One single and of course, the album itself was also number one, 49 years ago today.

Hats off to The Hag.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock