What happens when Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban team up on a track? Pure magic. Country music fans and radio were blessed with that magical release in March 2013. The song was called “The Highway Don’t Care” and it was a track on McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom album (Big Machine Label Group).
Written by Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, and Brad and Brett Warren, the song is a a true driver’s seat tune that takes place from the position where many people do their thinking and crooning — in the car. McGraw plays the part of the nostalgic and curious man who is trying to fathom what his love is doing now that they are driving their separate ways. Swift is featured as the voice on the radio that sings “I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby,” while also joining in for harmonies on the chorus. Urban lends his talents as a guitarist on the track.
The single was the third from McGraw’s Big Machine debut and quickly made its imprint on the industry. It peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Country Airplay chart and won the three superstars a myriad of awards, including American Country Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards.
To date, it has sold over two million copies, with its first RIAA platinum certification being awarded on this date in 2013.
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) June 17, 2018
Watch the official music video for Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban’s multi-platinum, award-winning No. 1 song here: