Better Than I Used to Be (song)

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"Better Than I Used to Be"
Single by Sammy Kershaw
from the album Better Than I Used to Be
Released March 30, 2010
Genre Country
Length 3:20
Label Big Hit
Writer(s) Ashley Gorley, Bryan Simpson
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon
Sammy Kershaw singles chronology
"Real People"
(2008)
"Better Than I Used to Be"
(2010)
"The Snow White Rows of Arlington"
(2010)

"Better Than I Used to Be" is a song written by Ashley Gorley and Bryan Simpson. The song was originally recorded by American country music artist Sammy Kershaw in 2010 for the album of the same name, released August 31, 2010, on Big Hit Records.[1] The song was released as a single, but did not chart.

Tim McGraw version[edit]

"Better Than I Used to Be"
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Emotional Traffic
Released November 28, 2011
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label Curb
Producer(s) Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw, Darran Smith
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"Me and Tennessee"
(2011)
"Better Than I Used to Be"
(2011)
"Feel Like a Rock Star"
(2012)

The song was later covered by Tim McGraw in 2011 and was released to iTunes and country radio on December 1, 2011, via Curb Records. The song served as the first single for his final Curb album, Emotional Traffic, which was released on January 24, 2012.

Critical reception[edit]

Giving McGraw's version four stars out of five, Taste of Country reviewer Billy Dukes said, "It's the first time fans get to experience many of the burdens the singer has talked of shedding in recent years."[2] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock was positive, calling it "a strong story song from a mature singer/songwriter." He went on to say that it was McGraw's "most country song to date with strong lyrical imagery and one of Tim’s best vocal performances in years."[3] Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave it an B+, calling the song "classic McGraw" and saying that the production is, "clean, tasteful, and decidedly country."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

McGraw's version of the song debuted at number 51 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of December 17, 2011, after being released to radio.[5] It also debuted at number 81 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of December 31, 2011. It also debuted at number 71 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of February 11, 2012.

Chart (2011–2012) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 71
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 52
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Better Than I Used to Be". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Dukes, Billy. "Tim McGraw — "Better Than I Used to Be" review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (1 December 2011). "Tim McGraw — "Better Than I Used to Be"". Roughstock. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (23 December 2011). "Tim McGraw — "Better Than I Used to Be"". Country Universe. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Morris, Edward (December 10, 2011). "Sweet Harmony: Lady Antebellum Claim Both Top Album and Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tim McGraw Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Tim McGraw.
  7. ^ "Tim McGraw Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Tim McGraw.
  8. ^ "Tim McGraw Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tim McGraw.
  9. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Tim Mc Graw – Better Than I Used to Be". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 15, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH