Pink Houses
John Cougar Mellencamp

Ain't that America
Home of the free, yeah
Little pink houses
For you and me

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984
  • Hot 100 chart debut: Dec 10, 1983
  • from the album Uh-Huh (1983); this was Mellencamp's seventh album and the first release using his real name, John Mellencamp - all previous releases were from John or Johnny Cougar
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #447 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • written by John Cougar Mellencamp
  • John Mellencamp: "I was driving through Indianapolis on Interstate 65 and I saw a black man holding either a cat or a dog. He was sitting on his front lawn in front of a pink house in one of those cheap lawn chairs. I thought, "Wow, is this what life can lead to? Watching the cars go by on the interstate?" Then I imagined he wasn't isolated, but he was happy. So I went with that positive route when I wrote this song.
    This one has been misconstrued over the years because of the chorus – it sounds very rah-rah. But it's really an anti-American song. The American dream had pretty much proven itself as not working anymore. It was another way for me to sneak something in."
  • produced by John Mellencamp, Don Gehman
  • recorded in a farmhouse in Brownstown, Indiana 
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