"I Love You This Big" is a debut and coronation song written by Brett James, Ester Dean, Jay Smith and Ronnie Jackson, and recorded by American country music artist and American Idol 's season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery. It was released in May 2011 as the first single from the album Clear as Day. The song was first performed on the American Idol final performance show on May 24, 2011. The single was released to digital retailers after the final result show held on May 25, 2011. This song features backing vocals from Destinee & Paris.
A video for the song has been released. McCreery explained the video as "This is going to be kind of a nice little chill, summertime barbecue, kind of like a community thing on the Fourth of July." The music video was released on August 9, 2011 on CMT. The video starts with McCreery and his band getting set up in daylight for a Fourth of July party to take place that night. Later, people begin showing up in groups to the party and setting up to watch the concert. That night McCreery is singing with his band for the concert. Meanwhile, the focus goes to four couples, a blonde, curly-haired girl looking for a guy and then finding him and hug, a blonde girl and a guy holding hands, talking and kissing, a black haired girl running into her guy friend and hugging and a blonde girl and a guy getting food, holding hands and talking. Fireworks go off in the air as McCreery and his band go into the key change, and the couples switch to watching the fireworks and the concert. McCreery's mother is featured in the video. The video was directed by Shane Drake.
"I Love You This Big" debuted at number 32 on the US BillboardHot Country Songs chart, following his win on American Idol. This is the highest debut of any new Country artist since Neilsen’s inception on January 20, 1990. The song sold 171,404 units in its first week. On the Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted and peaked at number 11. It is a top 15 radio hit.