Where the Green Grass Grows

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"Where the Green Grass Grows"
Where the Green Grass Grows cd single.JPG
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Everywhere
Released July 13, 1998
Genre Country
Length 3:21
Label Curb
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me"
"Where the Green Grass Grows"
"For a Little While"

"Where the Green Grass Grows" is a song written by Craig Wiseman and Jess Leary, and performed by American country music artist Tim McGraw. It was released in July 1998 as the fifth single from McGraw's Everywhere album. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and peaked at number seventy-nine on the Hot 100.[1] It also reached number one on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.


This song states the narrator's desire to leave the big city and go back out into the country "where the green grass grows".

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying it is "tightly produced, with an instantly recognizable opening fiddle." He went on to say that the lyrics are "cleverly constructed" and "brilliantly contrasted."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 79
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 26
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 17
Preceded by
"How Long Gone"
by Brooks & Dunn
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

October 3-October 24, 1998
Succeeded by
"Honey, I'm Home"
by Shania Twain
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 5-October 12, 1998


  • American country music parody artist Cledus T. Judd released a parody of "Where the Green Grass Grows" titled "Where the Grass Don't Grow" on his 1999 album Juddmental.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ CountryUniverse.net Song review
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7045." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 5, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Tim McGraw.
  5. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tim McGraw.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 

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