Tim McGraw’s ‘Shotgun Rider’ Hits #1 On This Day in 2014, McGraw Shares Video from NYC

by Halle Ames
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Tim McGraw takes to Twitter to share a throwback video from a concert in New York City while remembering his song that hit number one. 

Tim McGraw graced us with a throwback memory this afternoon while also giving us an awful case of nostalgia. He shares an 18-second clip of the chorus of the song “Shotgun Rider” while showing us a concert from New York City in black-and-white. 

He basically rubs it in our faces about how fun concerts used to be—a real tease. 

“This song hit #1 on Dec. 15th, 2014!! Check out “Shotgun Rider” live from NYC on @YouTube: https://tim.lnk.to/shotgunrider_videoTP… #McGrawMachineHits

The song was a real success, making us single folk feel all the more lonely. However, the lucky ones that did have a significant other to share the song with blasted ‘Shotgun Rider’ from their truck radios. 

Tim McGraw’s ‘Shotgun Rider’

“Shotgun Rider” was released by Tim McGraw in September of 2014, as the third single on his album Sundown Heaven Town. The album was the country star’s second studio album. 

When McGraw debuted the song, it landed at number 51 on the US Billboard Country Airplay charts but peaked at number one. It also debuted at number 25 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs list and peaked at number one on that list as well. 

“Shotgun Rider” went on to be certified Platinum, as well as sell more than 665,000 copies so far in the United States.

Critics agree with us that the song was a hit. Chuck Dauphin from Billboard said it was “the perfect mix of old-school McGraw with some stirring steel guitar work and a few new sounds with some nifty guitar riffs.”

In addition, Kurt Wolff from radio.com said that “Shotgun Rider” is a song with a “midtempo” and a “cool, confident melody that feels tailor-made for a road-trip mixtape.”

Our opinion might not matter here, but we sure love it!