On this day in 1999, country superstar Tim McGraw released his hit single, “My Best Friend,” to country radio.
The song was co-written by Aimee Mayo and Bill Luther and appears on his fifth studio album, A Place in the Sun.
The heartfelt track shares how great it feels to have someone who is there for you no matter what, not just as a lover, but also as a friend.
“You’re more than a lover/ There could never be another/ To make me feel the way you do/ Oh, we just get closer/ I fall in love all over/ Every time I look at you,” McGraw sings on the chorus.
Although McGraw didn’t have a part in the songwriting process, he has previously shared that when he sings the song, he’s dedicating every word to his best friend and wife, Faith Hill.
“From the first time I heard it, I felt like I had sat down and wrote it,” McGraw explained to country.com. “Not being a songwriter, it’s great to have a song that hits you like that … that you can sing it like you mean every word of it. I’ve been lucky to have a lot of those songs but none that hits that close to home.”
Not only was releasing the single an important moment for McGraw, it was an unforgettable experience for songwriter Aimee Mayo, who has always been a huge fan of the singer.
“I used to go out and wait at Tower for your records,” she shared. “I’d be there, like, getting them out of the box, and it felt so good to go in there and be on it this time.”
“My Best Friend” went on to be a fan favorite and reached the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.