“Just to See You Smile”
Written by Tony Martin and Mark Nesler
#1 (6 weeks)
January 17 – February 21, 1998
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
January 30 – February 6 1998
Tim McGraw enjoys one of his longest runs at No. 1.
The Road to No. 1
As noted before, Everywhere will produce five consecutive No. 1 singles. This third chart-topper matched “It’s Your Love” with its six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard listing.
The No. 1
Mark Wills passed on this song twice.
Hard to imagine, isn’t it? It’s easily one of the best Tim McGraw singles ever released, and it’s also the best among a bumper crop of excellent hits from Everywhere.
It’s even harder to imagine Wills releasing a version anywhere near as good as McGraw’s. Not because he isn’t in the same league as a singer, but because McGraw’s production team was operating on an entirely different level than most of their contemporaries at the time.
There are so many catchy hooks to follow on this record, with the mandolin track complementing the fiddle track beautifully. They intertwine seamlessly throughout the track, joined by a stellar steel guitar that is also woven throughout the record.
McGraw gives a sophisticated performance with shades of sadness, anger, and wry amusement. His deadpan delivery of “I told you that I was happy for you, and given the chance I’d lie again” is so subtle that listeners can easily miss it on the first couple of playthroughs.
“Just to See You Smile” is peak McGraw.
The Road From No. 1
Two more No. 1 singles from Everywhere, plus a duet with wife Faith Hill, are still on deck for 1998.
“Just to See You Smile” gets an A.
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