I Believe (George Strait song)

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"I Believe"
Single by George Strait
from the album Love Is Everything
Released July 15, 2013 (2013-07-15)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:46
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Dean Dillon
Bubba Strait
George Strait
Producer(s) Tony Brown
George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"Give It All We Got Tonight"
"I Believe"
"I Got a Car"

"I Believe" is a song recorded by American country music singer George Strait. It was written by Strait, his son Bubba, and Dean Dillon. It was released on July 15, 2013, as the second single from his album Love Is Everything.


Strait and his band were finished recording the album when Norma, George's wife, made everyone unpack and cut the Newtown, Connecticut-inspired single[1][2] "At its core, ‘I Believe’ is about faith — a subject this singer has approached with underrated deftness"[1] and "puts his faith on display as never before"[3] "Strait was hesitant to include the song, as he didn’t want to misrepresent the families of the victims or be accused of somehow profiting from their tears... his sincerity triumphs on this beautifully crafted tribute to the victims."[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country rated "I Believe" 4.5 out of 5 stars and calls it "arguably the best of the 13" and shouldn’t keep him from earning a Song of the Year consideration.[1]

Leeann Ward of Country Universe gave the song an A. She states, "Strait’s voice is as solid as ever" and that "he perfectly emotes the sincerity and compassion that a song of this magnitude requires." She finishes by saying "I Believe" is "just a tribute from a humble man conveying a simple sentiment of real heartbreak, buoyed by faith and hope."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"I Believe" debuted and peaked at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of August 3, 2013,[5] making it the first single of Strait's career to miss the Top 40.

Chart (2013) Peak
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[6] 50


  1. ^ a b c d Dukes, Billy (2013-07-04). "George Strait, ‘I Believe’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "George Strait "I Believe" -- The Story Behind the Song". YouTube. June 28, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (May 13, 2013). "George Strait, 'Love Is Everything': Track-by-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ward, Leeann (2013-07-16). "Single Review: George Strait, "I Believe"". Country Universe. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chart Highlights: Jonas Brothers, One Direction Debut On Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "George Strait Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for George Strait.

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