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You always remember your first and “Tim McGraw” was Taylor Swift’s.

“Tim McGraw” was the first song on Taylor’s first, self-titled album and her first released single. And as of May 3, 2007, it was her first Gold single. Amazing to think the song that launched one of the biggest careers in music history was born in the middle of a high school freshman math class.

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“I was just sitting there, and I started humming this melody. I kind of related it to this situation I was in. I was dating a guy who was about to go off to college. I knew we were going to break up. So I started thinking about all the things that I knew would remind him of me,” Swift told CMT. “Surprisingly, the first thing that came to mind was that my favorite country artist is Tim McGraw.”

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As history proved, Taylor learned a pretty important formula in that math class. As it turns out, the break-up song formula seems to have worked out pretty well for her.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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