Tim McGraw Opens Up About Why Taylor Swift Was ‘Dream Person’ For Duet in ‘Highway Don’t Care’

by Katie Maloney

Tim McGraw shares how Taylor Swift’s performance “took the record to a whole other level.”

During an interview about his collaboration with both Swift and Keith Urban for, “Highway Don’t Care,” McGraw talks about the “iconic record.” McGraw said that while he wrote the song, “I certainly had Taylor in mind the whole time. “That was sort of my dream person to do that role,” says McGraw.

McGraw believes Swift’s part of the song was one of her best vocal performances. “It really made it an iconic record,” says McGraw. “It was a really good record and it would have been a hit song. But Taylor on there, the way she handled it, the way she sang. I think is one of her best vocal performances on that song,” McGraw continues. “It just took that record to a whole other level.”

Taylor Swift Sang About Tim McGraw In Her Debut Single

Swifts’ debut single is titled, “McGraw.” Swift wrote the song during math class when she was 13 years old. She said to CMT she related the song to her relationship at the time. Swift was dating a boy who was about to go to college. However, she knew the two would break up before he left. “So I started thinking about all the things that I knew would remind him of me,” says Swift. “Surprisingly, the first thing that came to mind was that my favorite country artist is Tim McGraw,” she says. During the song, Swift sings, “But when you think “Tim McGraw, I hope you think my favorite song.”

Seven years later, Swift released “Highway Don’t Care” along with her hero, Tim McGraw. The song spent 47 weeks on the charts and peaked in the number one spot. Additionally, the song won both Musical Event of the Year and Video of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards.

Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift’s “Highway Don’t Care.”