Red Rag Top

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"Red Rag Top"
Red Rag Top single.jpg
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors
Released September 16, 2002
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:43
Label Curb
Songwriter(s) Jason White
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"Red Rag Top"
"Tiny Dancer"
"Red Rag Top"
"Tiny Dancer"

"Red Rag Top" is a song written by Jason White and performed by American country music singer Tim McGraw. It was released in September 2002 as the first single from his album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors. The song peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in early 2003 and peaked at number 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Background and writing[edit]

The song was written by White in 1997 and released on his independent album in 2001. White told USA Today that it was a song about an abortion but not an "abortion song." He went on to say that he was "trying to tell a story about a relationship that didn't work out, period."[1]


The song's narrator recalls a past lover. He reflects on bittersweet memories from a youthful relationship, including a surprise pregnancy and the decision to get an abortion. This song was the subject of controversy due to the lyric that mentioned abortion, and some radio stations banned the song.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Rick Cohoon of Allmusic reviewed the song favorably, saying that the song is "wistful enough to have you tearing up right along with him." Cohoon goes on to say that "a simple and memorable chorus surrounded by innovative lyrics make this a recipe for success."[3]

Chart positions[edit]

"Red Rag Top" debuted at number 34 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of September 21, 2002.

Chart (2002) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 40

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 60


  1. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2002-10-10). "Abortion lyric leads to static on the radio". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  2. ^ Ferman, Dave (2002-12-21). ""Ragtop" raises red flag — for a while". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  3. ^ Cohoon, Rick (2002). ""Ragtop" Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 

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