January 23

The Amazing Collaboration of Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban


In 2013, Tim McGraw collaborated with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban to record his single “Highway Don’t Care.” It was written by Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren, and Brett Warren as one of McGraw’s single on his album Two Lanes of Freedom.

Black and white photo of Tim McGraw
Photo Credit: Tim McGraw/ Official Facebook Page

The Chart Performance of “Highway Don’t Care”

“Highway Don’t care” gave McGraw another number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Furthermore, it placed at number four on the Hot Country Songs. “Highway Don’t Care” also entered the Hot 100 chart, and reached number twenty-two.

The Collaboration

The three didn’t step in the same studio at the same time. Each artist recorded their part separately, and thanks to modern technology it was all combined together. McGraw told Taste of Country that he wanted Swift to be part of his single and, he and Urban were looking for a song that they can work together in. The timing was right because he did get to work with both of these amazing artist.

Swift sang the part of the woman’s voice on the radio like she was talking back to McGraw. Meanwhile, Urban’s guitar skill was played in McGraw’s track.

Awards and Nominations

“Highway Don’t Care” won nine different awards from 2013 to 2014. In addition, it has seven nominations from different music awards. Tim McGraw brought home the American Country Award for Collaborative Single of the Year.

Message of the Music Video

Even the music video for “Highway Don’t Care” won several awards. The video starred McGraw, Swift, and Urban. The song is about love that has ended but with regrets. However, Shane Drake, the director, sends out a strong message in his music video.  It sets as a reminder that texting while driving is not a good habit.

McGraw’s single sold more than a million copies, therefore, it was 2x platinum-certified by RIAA in 2014.

Two Lanes of Freedom Album

McGraw’s single came from his twelfth studio album Two Lanes of Freedom. Just like his single, McGraw’s album reached number one on both the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums charts. Furthermore, it secured the number two spot on the Billboard 200 chart.


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