Single Review: Toby Keith, “Every Dog Has Its Day”

If I follow the metaphor correctly, Toby Keith’s the dog and his lady is the bone that’s been tossed in his direction.

“Every Dog Has Its Day” approaches “Bad Dog, No Biscuit” in the pantheon of horrifically cheesy and terribly executed country metaphors.  It should be beneath the dignity of one of the genre’s finest male vocalists ever.

If he was George Jones, this would be his “High-Tech Redneck.”

Written by Toby Keith, Bobby Pinson, and John Waples

Grade: F

Listen: Every Dog Has Its Day


  1. Agreed. When Toby releases his third Greatest Hits album with this song on it, I hope he goes back and listens to all his hits in sequential order…and weeps.

  2. Ouch, kinda harsh. It’s a fun little summer song.

    Hey, at least it’s a step up from She’s a Hottie and Get My Drink On.

  3. Not everyone will like everything. Toby has many audiences. This song was to appeal to the younger ones. The kids love it. It is a fun song.

  4. I took this as the “other guy” being the dog. It’s not a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but like a lot of country music, it is harmless throwaway entertainment.

  5. Gotta say, I love the “Lucky dog gets a big ol’ bed / Stray dog gets the porch” line. If the set-up was less stupid/casually offensive, I could probably get into the cheesy metaphor.

  6. I’d have to agree. “American Ride” did include some interesting commentary, but overall it was not well executed. But it still doesn’t approach the awfulness of “Every Dog Has His Day.”

    Personally, I can’t help wondering how many times Toby has to crap on himself before people stop calling him one of country’s finest male vocalists. There are very few songs of his that I can stand.

  7. I like this song better than American Ride. I do think he has a great voice though. Even when he’s singing a bad song, he sings it with a good voice, though I kinda felt he was yelling in “American Ride.”

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