Something Like That

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"Something Like That"
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album A Place in the Sun
Released June 28, 1999
Genre Country
Length 3:03
Label Curb
Writer(s) Rick Ferrell
Keith Follesé
Producer(s) Byron Gallimore
Tim McGraw
James Stroud
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"Please Remember Me"
(1999)
"Something Like That"
(1999)
"My Best Friend"
(1999)

"Something Like That" is the title of a song written by Rick Ferrell and Keith Follesé, and performed by American country music artist Tim McGraw. It was released in June 1999 as the second single from McGraw's album A Place in the Sun. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart. It also reached number one on the Canadian RPM Country Singles and peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it a minor crossover hit. According to Nielsen BDS, the song was the top-played radio single in any musical genre in the 2000s with 487,343 spins from January 1, 2000, to December 17, 2009.[1]

Concept[edit]

The song recounts the narrator’s youthful experience of falling in love for the very first time at age seventeen. The man sees a woman at a county fair on Labor Day weekend when he is seventeen, and then five years later, sees her on a plane, while the man is heading to Mardi Gras. The bridge talks about how a love can never go away no matter how long the two people are apart.

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that "through its vivid, detail-laden approach, the lyric effectively hones [sic] in on the fact that the experience of one’s first love is, in itself, unforgettable." He goes on to say that the point of the song "is driven home by a sprightly piano hook, toe-tapping rhythm, and wildly catchy singalong-friendly chorus – a one-two punch that helps the record make an impression both as a great lyric and as a fun, catchy listen."[2]

Music video[edit]

This was the first video to be directed by Scott Scovill. It features McGraw during his 1999 tour. This was also McGraw's last video, until 2001's "The Cowboy In Me," which was also shot on tour.

Chart performance[edit]

"Something Like That" re-entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks as an official single at number 68 for the week of July 3, 1999.

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 28
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 20
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 13
Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 52

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1628777/tim-mcgraw-has-most-played-single-of-the-decade.jhtml
  2. ^ CountryUniverse.net Song review
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 25, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Tim McGraw Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Tim McGraw.
  5. ^ "Tim McGraw Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tim McGraw.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1999: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1999. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Tim McGraw – Something Like That". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 27, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"You Had Me from Hello" by Kenny Chesney
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

September 25-October 23, 1999
Succeeded by
"I Love You" by Martina McBride
Preceded by
"I Love You" by Martina McBride
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 25, 1999
Succeeded by
"Come On Over" by Shania Twain