Photographers: Russ Harrington; Tony Duran ; Danny Clinch.
35 Biggest Hits supplants the previous front-runner in Tim McGraw compilations, 2010's Number One Hits. Where that double-disc set topped out at 24 tracks, this, as the title suggests, goes all the way to 35 cuts, a move that is more generous by definition but it also trumps its predecessor by proceeding in a chronological order, opening with 1994's "Indian Outlaw" and concluding with 2011's "Better Than I Used to Be" (treat the live version of "Just When I Needed You Most" as the bonus track it's intended to be). In between these two songs come all of McGraw's best-known songs from his run at Curb -- "Not a Moment Too Soon," "I Like It, I Love It," "Something Like That," "My Next Thirty Years," "Live Like You Were Dying," "Back When," "Felt Good on My Lips" all among them -- and that's enough to make this a strong summary of McGraw's peak years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine