Saturday, June 20, 2015

Taylor Swift's 'Tim McGraw' Turns 9: Celebrate Flashback Friday With an Early Performance

Taylor Swift's 'Tim McGraw' Turns 9: Celebrate Flashback Friday With an Early Performance:

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Taylor Swift in the 2006 music video for "Tim McGraw."

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When she sings "Tim McGraw," we hope you think of her.

It's been a long time since we started fangirling over Taylor Swift: Her very first single, "Tim McGraw," officially dropped on June 19, 2006. If you were an early adopter, T-Swift has been on your iPod for nine whole years.

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"I wrote [the song] in my freshman year of high school," 16-year-old Swift (throwback!) explained to CMT at the time. "I got the idea in math class. I was just sitting there, and I started humming this melody. I kind of related it to this situation I was in. I was dating a guy who was about to go off to college. I knew we were going to break up. So I started thinking about all the things that I knew would remind him of me. Surprisingly, the first thing that came to mind was that my favorite country artist is Tim McGraw."

In the same interview, Swift's now-well-known kindness and gratitude seriously came through. When discussing her long promo strategy for the single and her subsequent first album, Taylor Swift, she notes, "Radio tours for most artists last six weeks. Mine lasted six months. That's because I wanted it to. I wanted to meet every single one of the people that was helping me out."

Flash back and enjoy an early acoustic performance of Taylor's first single below right here in the Billboard office: