“Why” is a song written by Rodney Clawson, Vicky McGehee, and Big & Rich’s John Rich and recorded by American country music artist Jason Aldean.
It was released in November 2005 as the second single from Aldean’s 2005 self-titled debut album. The song became Aldean’s first number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
A mid-tempo ballad backed by electric guitar, the song centralizes on the male character who has finally come to the realization that he has caused his lover emotional pain.
He then asks himself why he lets himself treat her wrongly, and why he takes so long to show his feelings for her.
Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a positive review, saying that it is “interesting” and sounds “very real and sincere”.
“Why” debuted at number 49 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of December 3, 2005.
As of April 2015, the song has sold 675,000 digital copies in the United States.