Tim McGraw has hit the top of the charts with his latest single, “I Called Mama,” which this week ascends to Number One on the Mediabase/Country Airplay chart. And the achievement means more this time than ever before.
Marking his 44th career Number One, the country superstar is no stranger to a hit song. But writing on Instagram, McGraw made it clear this one is special.
“Releasing and playing music has looked a little different in 2020,” he shared, “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.”
Written by Lance Miller, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary, and appearing on McGraw’s Here On Earth album, the tender country ballad is all about leaning on the ones you love when times get tough — and that’s a message that has clearly resonated in the pandemic era. So far the track has been streamed more than 72 million times, and it also marks McGraw’s fourth decade in a row with at least one Number One hit.
Apparently time really does fly when you’re having fun, and the feat matches his four-decade streak of Number One albums as well. McGraw just set that mark with Here On Earth earlier this year, and so far there’s no word on what his follow up single will be.