Southern Girl

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"Southern Girl"
Southern Girl.jpg
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Two Lanes of Freedom
ReleasedJuly 8, 2013 (2013-07-08)
FormatDigital download
LabelBig Machine
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"Highway Don't Care"
"Southern Girl"
"Lookin' for That Girl"

"Southern Girl" is a song written by Jaren Johnston, Rodney Clawson, and Lee Thomas Miller and recorded by American country music artist Tim McGraw. It was released in July 2013 as the fourth single from McGraw's album Two Lanes of Freedom.


The song is about girls from the south and how the narrator finds them attractive.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song 4.5 stars out of 5, saying that "[its] overall feel is one that’s repeated each summer, but few have brought it back as effortlessly as McGraw in recent years."[2] Giving it a "B", Joseph Hudak of Country Weekly gave it a "B" grade, and said that "[the song]'d all feel a little trite and disposable if [it] didn't have a monster groove to prop it up." He also said that the song was "utterly singable" and "the ideal summer anthem".[1]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Shane Drake and premiered in July 2013.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"Southern Girl" debuted at number 57 on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of July 13, 2013. It also debuted at number 44 on Hot Country Songs. It debuted at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week of August 10, 2013. It also debuted at number 96 on the Canadian Hot 100 for the week of August 24, 2013. As of January 2014, the song has over sold 526,000 copies in the United States.[4]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 61
Canada Country (Billboard)[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 42
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 4
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[9] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 12
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 41


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

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


  1. ^ a b Hudak, Joseph (29 July 2013). "Reviews: Tim McGraw — 'Southern Girl'". Country Weekly. 20 (30): 50. ISSN 1074-3235.
  2. ^ Dukes, Billy (24 June 2013). "Tim McGraw, 'Southern Girl' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  3. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (July 23, 2013). "Tim McGraw's 'Southern Girl' Video Offers Up a Taste of His Live Show". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2013-01-08). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - January 8, 2014: Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery". Roughstock. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Tim McGraw Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Best of 2013: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "American single certifications – Tim McGraw – Southern Girl". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 31, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.