“Take Me Home, Country Roads”, also known simply as “Take Me Home” or “Country Roads”, is a song written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver about West Virginia. It was released as a single performed by Denver on April 12, 1971, peaking at number two on Billboard’s US Hot 100 singles for the week ending August 28, 1971. The song was a success on its initial release and was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 18, 1971, and Platinum on April 10, 2017. The song became one of John Denver’s most popular and beloved songs. It has continued to sell, with over 1.6 million digital copies sold in the United States.
The song has a prominent status as an iconic symbol of West Virginia, which it describes as “Almost Heaven”. In March 2014, it became one of the four official state anthems of West Virginia.
From the album Poems, Prayers & Promises
B-side “Poems, Prayers and Promises”
Released April 12, 1971
Recorded January 1971, New York City
Songwriter(s) Bill DanoffTaffy NivertJohn Denver
Producer(s) Milton Okun Susan Ruskin