Throwback Jam: “Just To See You Smile”

You always had an eye for things that glittered
But I was far from bein’ made of gold
I don’t know how but I scraped up the money
I just never could quite tell you no

Released in the summer of 1997, Tim McGraw’s “Just To See You Smile” would end up spending 42 weeks on the country charts including reaching the #1 spot in the winter of 1998.

Written by Mark Nesler and Tony Martin, the song came to be as the two were working on writing a different song. They were working on the finishing touches when Tony walked in to hear Mark singing a catchy phrase to the likes of “just to see you smile.” The two realized there was something there and ended up spending the rest of the day and night working on finishing the tune.

And thank goodness they did.

It’s still one of McGraw’s most recognizable songs with the strong banjo sound throughout the smash hit.