Did you know that country superstars Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney both recorded the song “How Forever Feels?”
Written by Wendell Mobley and Tony Mullins, “How Forever Feels” was initially released by Chesney in December of 1998 as the lead single from his Everywhere We Go album.
The classic 90s tune tells the story of a young man who has lived a great life, but realizes that he has not found a love to spend the rest of his days with. Chesney shared with Billboard that the song caught his eye because “it’s the only love song I know of that has both Jimmy Buffett and Richard Petty in it.”
It’s no surprise the song faired so well on the charts. The single climbed to No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks, as well as the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It marked the East Tennessee native’s second chart-topping single. Peaking at No. 27 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, “How Forever Feels” gave Chesney his first Top 40 song on the chart.
What fans may not know is that McGraw recorded the song first, but decided not to release it. Chesney later admitted that he nearly didn’t release the single because his longtime friend had already recorded a separate version of the song.
But don’t worry; there are no hard feelings between the two country stars. McGraw was happy for Chesney’s success with the song. He later told Chesney, “I’m glad you cut it. It just didn’t work for me.”
McGraw eventually released his version of “How Forever Feels” on his 2016 album McGraw: The Ultimate Collection.