“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” just became Tim McGraw’s 51st Top 10 hit on Billboard’s country airplay chart. And since it’s a collaboration with his wife, it’s also Faith Hill’s 23rd Top 10 single at country radio.
I’m gonna give you a moment to process those numbers. That’s a lot of Top 10 smashes in a relatively short amount of time.
Although McGraw is a modern-day country icon, his career only began in 1992, which really isn’t that long ago.
After three singles that didn’t exactly ignite his career, McGraw scored his first Top 10 in 1994 with “Indian Outlaw.” Oh, I remember proudly and loudly wearing out that cassette and replacing it with the money from my next allowance.
And the hits just kept coming for the Louisiana native — “Down on the Farm,” “Refried Dreams,” “She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart,” “Back When” and so many others. We could count them and celebrate for hours.
For me to try to list my favorite McGraw singles is like asking a mama to name her favorite child, but here are 10 hits that made the Top 10 and are still among my favorites:
“Don’t Take the Girl” (1994): The love song that started it all and made audiences fall in love with a fresh-faced McGraw.
“I Like It, I Love It” (1995): Arguably his first singalong. So catchy, you’re probably singing it right now, aren’t you?
“It’s Your Love” (1997): The Grammy-nominated track was McGraw’s first collaboration with Hill and his first single released following their marriage.
“Everywhere” (1997): Admit it. You secretly wanted him to name your hometown in the lyrics.
“Something Like That” (1999): How many barbecue stains did you boys deliberately put on your white T-shirts after you heard this song?
“Red Rag Top” (2002): Arguably one of the best country songs of the decade and maybe his most sensitive single to date. With such vivid imagery and symbolism and a raw and all-too-real storyline, it doesn’t get much better than this one.
“Real Good Man” (2003): The perfect example of his sexy side.
“Live Like You Were Dying” (2004): No song in his catalog tugs at the heartstrings and empowers quite like this one. It spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and won a Grammy for best male country performance. It became a classic as soon as McGraw debuted the song on the ACM Awards in Las Vegas.
“If You’re Reading This” (2007): Whether it’s a song of fun or reflection, McGraw once again proved that heart is at the center of everything he sings. This powerful hit was written as a tribute to the families of fallen soldiers.
“Feel Like a Rockstar” (2012): This track from Kenny Chesney’s Welcome to the Fishbowl wasn’t the first collaboration between the superstars, but it served as a big reminder that McGraw was still at the top of his game.