Tim McGraw has enjoyed so much success in country music since the mid-1990’s it’s not easy to rate his best songs simply because there are so many to choose from. But also because Tim is known for his amazing talent of picking just the right songs for the right time.
McGraw has done so many collaborations with the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and, of course, with his wife Faith Hill.
So today (5/1) on his 54th birthday, we countdown our top thirty Tim McGraw songs.
Tim McGraw’s Top 30 Songs, Ranked
Not a bad tune at all, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow as she goes country for the movie “Country Strong.”
The song was recorded by Faith Hill as a duet with her husband. It was the second single from Hill's multi-platinum 1998 album, ‘Faith.’
A great pairing and a solid tune. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in December. It was Tim McGraw's thirty-second top 40 and twenty-second top 30 hit on the pop chart.
These guys have been friends for a long time, having met when they first came to Nashville. They sound great together.
Another classic duet from Tim and Faith. A tale of coping with a love that has drifted away, the song provided the thematic opening for shows from McGraw and Hill's joint “Soul2Soul II Tour 2006,” with the pair singing it at opposite ends of the stage, with their backs to each other.
A great song where the narrator says that she has had a bad day, but is not let down by it, and is ready for another day as well: "Tomorrow's another day / And I'm thirsty anyway / So bring on the rain."
The song reached number 6 on Hot Country Songs in Billboard. The video was released in black and white, and featured McGraw and Hill in and around Paris.
Just pure McGraw. This song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.
Having spent 42 weeks on the Billboard chart, it set what was a record at the time for being the longest-running single on the Billboard country chart.
It’s hard to get these lyrics out of your head. The song was also McGraw's biggest solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 10.
This one shows McGraw’s deep emotions when he sings. In the first verse, the narrator pulled into the grocery store, and he saw a boy wrapping around the legs of his mother. She had mascara tears running down her face like an ice cream cone melting, due to the years of bad decisions. That's quite an image.
Another McGaw song that goes deep. In this song, he is acknowledging the destructive and sometimes selfish side of his personality, which he identifies as "the cowboy in [him].”
Tim’s wife, Faith Hill was featured at the end of the video, as well as their three daughters, Gracie, Maggie and Audrey. It was filmed in London, England, and shows McGraw walking with a cloak on, and him performing the song in a royal dining room of a restaurant.
“I had a barbecue stain on my white t-shirt, she was killing me in that mini skirt” Enough said. Classic.
The song notes that he may be a "bad boy," but he’s is a "real good man."
True story about songwriter Big Kenny of Big & Rich and McGraw delivers it to perfection.
Any song that namechecks Dolly Parton, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt ("Number Three") is pretty special.
Originally recorded by Sammy Kershaw a few years before McGraw. Tim’s version went top ten in Billboard, Sammy’s did not.
Tim’s duet with Taylor Swift actually addresses how dangerous it is to text and drive. Don’t forget, Taylor Swift’s very first single to country radio was a song called “Tim McGraw.” Also, Keith Urban plays guitar on the song.
The song is about girls from the south and how beautiful they are. True McGraw.
A newer duet from Tim and Faith. The song is the title track of McGraw and Hill's duets album ‘The Rest of Our Life,’ and it was written by Ed Sheeran. According to Faith Hill, the song reminded her of the day when she and Tim McGraw decided to get married after meeting McGraw on his “Spontaneous Combustion” tour in 1996.
Released this past Mother’s Day. His mom appeared in the music video, along with so many other moms.
Just released and an amazing song about what is happening in the world in 2020 and how we should all come together.
This song is played at every Nashville Predators hockey game when the Predators score a goal. It’s also super catchy and just fun.
Tim’s first big hit and really the song that brought him to country stardom. The song beautifully tells the story of two young lovers dealing with difficult scenarios at three different stages in their lives. In each situation, the man does all he can to make sure that different people "don't take the girl."
One of the most recognized duets from Tim and his wife Faith Hill.
Another Tim and Faith classic. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in its fifth week on the chart. The song stayed there for six weeks.
A song McGraw recorded after the death of his father, “Tug” McGraw. It tells the story of a man in his early forties who gets the news that his father has an unspecified, life-threatening illness. His father's message is to live life to the fullest and do things that he had always wanted to do.
So much can be said for this amazing song. I remember interviewing Tim when this was coming out and being quite touched when he told me he couldn’t get through the song without crying when he recorded it, It took several takes to get it right. The song won a Grammy for Best Country Song at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
This is my all-time favorite song from McGraw and I’ll share something personal about it: When my son was about eight, we found this song together and as we drove around Nashville, he was always my “Shotgun Rider.” My boy knew every word of the song and I later asked McGraw himself why I couldn’t get this out of my head and he simply said, “Connection. This song gives you connection.” It sure does.