20 YEARS AGO TODAY TIM MCGRAW’S “I LIKE IT, I LOVE IT” HIT #1
September 16, 2015
Exactly twenty years ago today, on September 16, 1995, Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love it” debut single shot straight to the top of the charts. The song came from his third studio album, All I Want, which was released three days after the song landed at the top of the charts on September 19, 1995. “I Like It, I Love It” stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks. It was included on McGraw’s 2000 Greatest Hits album, his 2008 Greatest Hits: Limited Edition album, and his 2010 #1 Hits album.
Written by Jeb Stuart Anderson, Steve Dukes and Mark Hall, the hit also became an unofficial sports anthem. ABC’s Monday Night Football broadcasts frequently used the country-favorite sing-a-long, and it is also the celebration song for the NHL’s Nashville Predators.
“I didn’t think much about recording it,” McGraw recalls to Huntsville radio station WDRM-FM. “I was kind of cold on it, and I listened to it again, and for some reason, it hit me a whole lot different the second time around. And then when we went in and cut the track, the track just turned out so fun and so cool that it really didn’t matter how much I liked it anymore after we got to the track, because I loved it after that.”