Written by Mike Reid and Craig Wiseman
#1 (2 weeks)
October 25 – November 1, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
October 10 – October 17, 1997
Tim McGraw tops both charts with his best single yet.
The Road to No. 1
“It’s Your Love” kicked off a string of five No. 1 singles from Everywhere that continued with its title track.
The No. 1
Before “Everywhere,” McGraw’s best single released to radio had been the heart-wrenching ballad, “Can’t Be Really Gone,” which was a good lyrical match for his still-developing vocal delivery.
“Everywhere” requires something entirely different from him: understated, restrained emoting that doesn’t get in the way of the lyric. He simply could not have pulled this one off on his previous album, but as I’ve noted before, Everywhere was exponentially better than his previous efforts. Now he was not only commanding the best material in town, but also delivering it as well as any of his contemporaries.
This is a lonely, wistful song about a man giving up on his companion to chase a dream, only to be haunted by her memory at every turn. We get a coast-to-coast tour reminiscent of Trisha Yearwood’s “On a Bust to St. Cloud” journey across the country, but this time, our narrator brought the loneliness upon himself, and he takes full responsibility for it: “You and I made our choices all those years ago. Still I know I’ll hear your voice and see you down the road.”
It’s his best moment to date, and he’s going to top it with his very next single.
The Road From No. 1
Three more No. 1 singles are on tap from Everywhere, and two of them are now bona fide country classics. We’ll cover the first of them next.
“Everywhere” gets an A.
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