Tim McGraw’s ‘I Like It, I Love It’: Story Behind the ’90s Hit Song

by Thad Mitchell
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Tim McGraw is one of the most recognizable names in country music history with hit song after hit song. Now 53-years-old with a lot of time left, he has been a country music force for almost three decades.

McGraw saw a spurt in his popularity growth in 1994 when his breakthrough album reached number on country charts. The album “Not a Moment Too Soon” is still some of the singer’s best work to date. It is one of 10 albums from McGraw to claim a top spot on country music’s top albums chart list. Altogether, McGraw has put out 15 studio albums with a high level of success. It makes him one of the biggest names in all of music.

Tim McGraw Talks ‘I Like It, I Love It’

One of McGraw’s biggest hit song is “I like It, I Love It,” which rose to number one on country charts in 1995. The song was the debut single off of his third studio album “All I want.” The album was released just three days after “I Like It, I Love It” took the number one slot on almost every country music chart.

McGraw recently sat down to talk about the song and inspiration that went into making it a hit. Speaking with Huntsville, Alabama Radio Station WDRM-FM, McGraw recalls recording the song.

“I didn’t think much about recording it,” he says. “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.

The song would go on to remain atop country music charts for five weeks. It also appears on three of McGraw’s “Greatest Hits” albums.

Tim McGraw is One of the Most Successful Artists in Country Music History

As one of country music’s top stars, McGraw has garnered much acclaim and recognition. He has been nominated for tons of music industry awards and has won his fair share. In 2000, he won a Grammy Award with his wife, Faith Hill, for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for “Let’s Make Love.” He and Hill won the same Grammy Award in 2005 for “Like We Never Loved at All.” In 2004, McGraw took home a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Live Like You Were Dying.”

The singer also collected numerous other awards from Billboard, Academy of Country Music, Country Music Television (CMT), and the American Music Awards.

The country star is also proud to be the National Fatherhood Initiative’s 2000 Father of the Year. McGraw has three daughters names Gracie, Maggie Elizabeth and Audrey Caroline.

In 2004 he won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Country Male Performer. He took home the same award in 2005 and 2006. He was named a “Country Icon” in 2014 by the People’s Choice Awards.

H/T: The Boot