Real Good Man

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"Real Good Man"
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors
Released May 19, 2003
Recorded 2002
Genre Country
Length 4:15
Label Curb
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"She's My Kind of Rain"
"Real Good Man"
"Watch the Wind Blow By"

"Real Good Man" is a song written by Rivers Rutherford and George Teren, and performed by American country music singer Tim McGraw. It was released in May 2003 as the fourth single from the album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[1]


The narrator states to his significant other that while he may be a "bad boy", he is a "real good man".

Critical reception[edit]

Rick Cohoon of Allmusic reviewed the song favorably, saying that the song "offers a unique melody." Cohoon goes on to say that McGraw can "party with the best of 'em" but also "touts his softer side complete with soft-as-velvet hands and a patriotic spirit."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Sherman Halsey, was filmed live in concert, and was released as a double-song video with "The Ride," a cover of the David Allen Coe hit. The latter song does not appear on any of McGraw's albums or compilations. A special promotional single of this double-song performance was sent to radio stations. While the live version of "Real Good Man" did eventually appear on McGraw's Greatest Hits 3 CD, it did not contain "The Ride."

Chart positions[edit]

"Real Good Man" debuted at number 60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of May 17, 2003.

Chart (2003) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 27

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 9


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Cohoon, Rick (2003). ""She's My Kind of Rain" Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tim McGraw.
  4. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Tim McGraw.
  5. ^ "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 

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Preceded by
"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

October 11-October 18, 2003
Succeeded by
"Tough Little Boys"
by Gary Allan