Tim McGraw is celebrating an impressive career milestone as his latest single, “I Called Mama,” reached the top spot on the Mediabase/Country Airplay chart.
The superstar has now earned a whopping 44 career No.1 singles. This marks the fourth consecutive decade that McGraw has scored chart-topping singles, now matching his four-decade streak on No. 1 albums, which he accomplished earlier this year with the release of his 16th studio album, Here on Earth.
“I Called Mama” has raked in over 72.7 million streams to date and became McGraw’s highest-ever career chart debut upon its release to country radio earlier this year.
“Releasing and playing music has looked a little different in 2020…. but I just found out #ICALLEDMAMA hit No. 1 at country radio this week!! Thanx to everyone who made this possible. I can’t thank you enough,” McGraw shared on Instagram upon hearing the good news.
“I Called Mama,” which was written by Lance Miller, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary and produced by McGraw and Byron Gallimore, was originally planned to be just an album cut on Here On Earth, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting people everywhere, McGraw and his team shifted their plans.
“It was sort of unexpected in a lot of ways because I cut the song before all of this [COVID-19 quarantine] stuff happened … to add to the album I’ve been working on for a while, and it’s been just slowly cutting songs and mixing them and remixing them and putting music together. And I found these songs I wanted to go in and get done before the summer came and the [2020 Here on Earth] Tour came, and “Mama” was one of them,” McGraw previously explained.
The touching song has resonated with fans everywhere, including his wife, Faith Hill, who cried the first time she heard it.