Remember When Tim McGraw Released ‘My Next Thirty Years’ To Country Radio?

Tim McGraw’s chart-topping single, “My Next Thirty Years” was released on this day 20 years ago. The song was written…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 17, 2020


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Tim McGraw’s chart-topping single, “My Next Thirty Years” was released on this day 20 years ago.

The song was written by fellow country star Phil Vassar and served as the fifth and final single from McGraw’s 1999 A Place In the Sun album. Upon its release to country radio, “My Next Thirty Years” climbed all the way to No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and even made its way to No.27 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The song finds McGraw taking a good, hard look at his life upon celebrating his 30th birthday and carries a message that everyone can learn a little something from.

“My next thirty years I’m gonna settle all the scores/ Cry a little less, laugh a little more/ Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear/ Figure out just what I’m doing here/ In my next thirty years,” he sings on the chorus.

As he celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of “My Next Thirty Years,” McGraw is prepping to embark on his next musical chapter with the upcoming release of his 16th studio album, Here On Earth. Out August 21, the project marks the superstar’s first solo album in five years and includes 16 tracks.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.