On this day, in 2006 (back when she was still country), Taylor Swift dropped her iconic debut single, “Tim McGraw,” the lead single from her self-titled debut studio album.
Man, what an era it was when Taylor Swift made country music. The now-pop star still had quite the impact on the industry, with many artists covering her classic country songs today (including Megan Moroney’s recent cover of “Picture To Burn”).
Swift wrote the song when she was a freshman in high school, thinking about her relationship with her then-boyfriend, a senior. She knew their time together was coming to a close as he prepared to leave their hometown for college.
Of course back when a young Swift wrote this tune in high school, she had no idea that it would lead her into the career path of mega-stardom that it has. The song that took the teenager and her co-writer, Liz Rose, twenty minutes launched a career that’s led to record-breaking tours for one of the biggest artists of any genre today.
However, at the time of the song’s release, Tim himself was a bit hesitant about the song’s title.