Let It Go (Tim McGraw song)

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"Let It Go"
Let It Go Tim McGraw single.jpg
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Let It Go
Released July 21, 2008
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:45
Label Curb
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"Nine Lives"
"Let It Go"
"Nothin' to Die For"
"Nine Lives"
"Let It Go"
"Nothin' to Die For"

"Let It Go" is a song written by Aimee Mayo, Bill Luther and Tom Douglas, and performed by American country music singer Tim McGraw. It was released in July 2008 as the sixth single and title track from his album Let It Go. It was his forty-second Top 40 hit on the Billboard country charts.


The song is a mid-tempo which describes a man's observation on his life and the "demons" that have been causing him personal discomfort. Ultimately, he convinces himself to "let it go" and improve his outlook on life.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received a "thumbs down" review from the country music site Engine 145. Reviewer Brady Vercher said, "The song avoids becoming a motivational sermon by having the narrator focus inward, upon himself, but all we learn is that he's trying to put the skeletons in his closet behind him and move on. Ultimately, without any sort of supporting story, the lyric is[…]generic enough to be applicable to nearly any situation." He also said that McGraw gave an "uninspired" vocal performance.[1] Allmusic critic Thom Jurek described the song favorably in his review of the album, calling it "the real shock" of the album and saying that it "offer[s] a message of threadbare hope in the face of adversity. In the grain of his voice, you can hear the determination to talk and walk from the place of redemption rather than the terrain of suffering. He's singing to convince himself as much as he is the listener."[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Before the release of "Let It Go", McGraw had reportedly announced in concert that he was planning to release a new album late in 2008. However, Curb Records decided to delay the album's release, and instead released "Let It Go" as the sixth single from Let It Go.[1] The song debuted at number 59 on the Hot Country Songs charts dated for August 2, 2008, reaching a peak of number 2 on the chart week of December 6 and holding that position for two weeks.

Chart (2008) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 47
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 75

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 45


  1. ^ a b Vercher, Brady (2008-07-25). "Tim McGraw - "Let It Go"". Engine 145. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Let It Go review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 

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