True (George Strait song)

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Single by George Strait
from the album One Step at a Time
B-side "Remember the Alamo"
Released June 22, 1998
Format CD Single, 7" single
Recorded September 8, 1997[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:36
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Marv Green
Jeff Stevens
Producer(s) Tony Brown
George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"I Just Want to Dance with You"
"We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This"

"True" is a song written by Marv Green and Jeff Stevens, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in June 1998 as the second single from his album, One Step at a Time. The song peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts and reached number-one on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.


The song is an up-tempo, in which the narrator states that the love for his significant other is "true".

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that the production has an "open, airy feel that underscores the honest emotion in the lyric." He goes on to say that Strait's phrasing "adds appeal and turns a sweet, ordinary song into something special."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 69 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated May 2, 1998, from unsolicited airplay, while "I Just Want to Dance With You" was still climbing that chart. A month later, it was released as a single, and re-entered the chart at number 64 on the week of June 13, 1998. It charted for a total of 25 weeks on that chart, and peaked at number 2 on the chart dated August 29, 1998.

"True" was the first of Strait's singles to top the charts in Canada, without reaching number 1 in his native USA.


Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 23
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 11
Preceded by
"26 Cents"
by The Wilkinsons
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 31-September 7, 1998
Succeeded by
"If You Ever Have Forever in Mind"
by Vince Gill


  1. ^ Latest Greatest Sraitest Hits (CD). George Strait. MCA Nashville. 2000. 
  2. ^ Billboard, July 11, 1998
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7904." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 31, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 

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