“I Like it, I Love it“
Written by Jeb Stuart Anderson, Steve Dukes, and Mark Hall
#1 (5 weeks)
September 16 – October 14, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
September 8 – September 15, 1995
Tim McGraw as we know him has arrived.
The Road to No. 1
After going No. 1 with “Not a Moment Too Soon,” McGraw went top five with “Refried Dreams.” He then previewed his third studio album, All I Want, with his biggest hit yet.
The No. 1
“I Like it, I Love it” is a significant improvement on everything Tim McGraw released before it.
Now a multiplatinum star, McGraw had the clout to demand top drawer material from Nashville’s songwriting community, and he used it. I still remember when All I Want was released, and reviewers were all like, “It’s….good. It’s actually really good.”
“I Like it, I Love it” is recorded with newfound confidence, and he gives a charming and endearing performance, even breaking into a Big Bopper “…you know what I like” ad-lib at the end.
His “I can’t believe I got this lucky” disbelief in the bridge couldn’t have been sung as convincingly by anyone else:
Gotta wash my truck and dress up…to pick her up to watch TV
Then she’ll sit down on the sofa, move a little closer, she can’t get enough of me!
Such a joyful record, with a contagious energy that still makes me smile today.
The Road From No. 1
He follows this smash with a killer ballad that we’ll cover before the end of 1995.
“I Like it, I Love it” gets a B+.
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