Best Tim McGraw Lyrics
Which Tim McGraw lyrics are your favorites? For over 20 years, Tim McGrawhas connected with country fans through powerful lyrics from hit singles like ‘Don’t Take the Girl,’ and later, ‘Live Like You Were Dying.’ While the singer isn’t known as a prolific songwriter, he’s an expert at finding songs that fit his life like a pair of well-worn cowboy boots. McGraw always seems comfortable telling stories through his lyrics. It always feels like it’s his story.
We’ve chosen five of the best lines from his biggest hits — the ones that have influenced the most country music fans or that are just so vivid and imaginative that one has to just sit back and appreciate his artistry. If there is another song with better Tim McGraw lyrics, tell everyone about it in the comment section below.
‘I Need You’
This Grammy-nominated duet with Faith Hill may have ended up being their most well-known collaboration, if another song on this list of Tim McGraw lyrics hadn’t competed with it for chart space. David Lee and Tony Lane wrote this 2007 Top 10 hit. It’s a dark and smoky love song which describes the physical addiction of love. The famous couple’s performance is equally as stirring.
‘Something Like That’
While this song isn’t a tearjerker like others on this lyrics list, it’s a wonderful story that so many fans of the country singer have been able to connect with since its 1999 release. Rick Ferrell and Keith Follesé wrote the lyrics to ‘Something Like That.’ It was the second single from McGraw’s ‘A Place in the Sun’ album.
‘If You’re Reading This’
In 2007, McGraw penned this song with the Warren Brothers and insisted on playing it at the ACM Awards instead of his then-charting single ‘I Need You.’ Quickly, radio stations began playing the live version of this song, much to the dismay of his record label. Eventually it was released as a single and became a Top 5 hit. ‘If You’re Reading This’ is the rare war song that focuses on the fallen in a way that country fans universally agree is respectable. The emotional story is a no-brainer for this list of the Best Tim McGraw Lyrics.
‘Don’t Take the Girl’
This Craig Martin and Larry W. Johnson-written hit is the oldest song on this Tim McGraw Lyrics list. The 1994 smash was McGraw’s first chart-topper, and an early example of his sharp storytelling skills. Anyone who is a parent has found him or herself wiping away tears after listening to this song.
‘Live Like You Were Dying’
Tim Nichols helped Craig Wiseman write what we feel are the best Tim McGraw lyrics ever written. There is no doubt that McGraw was able to apply parts of the song to personal experience, as his father, Tug McGraw, was battling cancer at the time. It’s a very personal song that fans were, and are, still able to apply to their own lives. There isn’t another line of lyrics more inspiring than those in ‘Live Like You Were Dying.’