Tim McGraw is the first track and lead single of Taylor's debut album Taylor Swift. It was released on June 19, 2006.
Meaning and Background
"This song means so much to me, that's why we wanted it to be the first track on the album. The idea for this song came to me in math class. I just started singing to myself 'When you think Tim McGraw.' The concept for this song hit me, because I was dating a guy who moved away, and it was going to be over for us. So I started thinking of things that I knew would remind him of me. The first thing that came to mind was that my favorite song is by Tim McGraw. After school, I went downtown, sat down at the piano, and wrote this with Liz Rose in fifteen minutes. It may be the best fifteen minutes I've ever experienced."
- Taylor about Tim McGraw
The guy Taylor is referring to, is a guy called Drew Dunlap who she dated in her Freshman year when Drew was a Senior.
- This is Taylor's first ever published song.
- Her favorite song Taylor is singing about, is "Can't Tell Me Nothin" from Tim McGraw.
- Taylor sung this song together with the actual Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at the Reputation Tour.
The music video was released on July 22, 2006. It's directed by Trey Fanjoy. Taylor's love interest is played by Clayton Collins.
The video starts with Taylor lying on the grass next to water and holding a radio. Meanwhile, her boyfriend is seen driving his car. He turns the radio on and stops driving as he hears Taylor's favorite song. He gets flashback to him and Taylor having fun in a field, lying in the back of his truck while looking at the stars, holding hands while taking a walk and the two of them dancing together. In between, Taylor is seen playing guitar next to a cabin. After the flashbacks, the guy turns his truck around and drives to the cabin. He finds a letter at the door and starts reading. The video ends with him folding the letter and Taylor lying on the grass.
Awards & Nominations
|2007||BMI Country Awards||BMI Award||Won|
|CMT Music Awards||Breakthrough Video of the Year||Won|