Have you heard both of the new Tim McGraw singles?
To get you caught up on the story there are two songs currently competing on the charts in a way. The first single that came out was Right Back Atcha Babe, which was released from Emotional Traffic. Tim McGraw’s longtime label Curb Records has been fighting Tim over his departure from the company. It’s been a messy divorce with Tim claiming he’s fulfilled his contract and Curb saying that Tim provided his last record toon soon.
Last December a court ruled that Tim was free to record with a new label. After the ruling Curb immediately released the album it had been sitting on for about 9 months. That was emotional traffic. Curb also pushed the song Better Than I Used To Be, which entered the top five on the charts a few months later. That song and the album are really good. It’s just what you’d expect from Tim McGraw. There were some classic country sounding records with a little bit of new stuff mixed in.
Earlier this summer Curb seemed to want to get another single from the album out to the public. The single was Right Back Atcha Babe. The thing was that in the meantime Tim had signed with Big Machine and shortly after the release of Right Back Atcha Babe Tim and the new label released Truck Yeah. Tim had been out on the road with buddy Kenny Chesney and had been playing the song.
So now there was the interesting situation of dueling singles from the same artist.
The thing I really haven’t seen out there is what song people like more. It’s an interesting discussion. Obviously Tim feels strongly enough about both songs to record them. Truck Yeah debuted high on the charts, but has kind of hung around #20 since its strong debut. Right Back Atcha Babe entered at #59 and never got any higher.
So there really hasn’t been much of a competition, but in my eyes I have to say that Right Back Atcha Babe is my favorite of the two. It’s the kind of song one would expect from Tim McGraw. The melody is really catchy and sure it sounds simple in ways, but it sounds like nothing else on the radio right now. That’s one thing I’ve always liked about Tim. He’s not afraid to release something different. I like the song and even when I hear it now I like it.
Truck Yeah on the other hand is not my favorite song. It’s good. Tim does a great job with it, but it sounds like a song that any other country singer would sing right now. It’s an overdone subject. It’s just too much of the same with this kind of song right now.
But what do you think?
It’s Tim vs. Tim.
Who you got?