When You Think Taylor Swift

Memories of the Decade Since “Tim McGraw”

It’s been 10 years since “Tim McGraw.” Ten years since we first heard about this girl named Taylor Swift. And 10 years since that one song changed the way so many of us thought of country music.

Hardly anyone had any idea that when Swift released her debut single on June 19, 2006, she’d do the things she did.

That song, “Tim McGraw,” was all about hoping that hearing a song would make someone think of her. She’d told CMT.com all those years ago that the song was mostly about McGraw’s unreleased song “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’” from 2004 — “It’s my favorite Tim song” — but the idea turned out to be much, much bigger than that.

“When you think Tim McGraw/I hope you think of me.”

It was the hook that changed her life.

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