About the song

“How Do You Like Me Now?!” by Toby Keith is a country anthem that exudes confidence and defiance, resonating with audiences for its empowering message and catchy melody. Released in 1999 as the title track of his album of the same name, this song marked a significant moment in Keith’s career.

Penned by Toby Keith himself along with Chuck Cannon, “How Do You Like Me Now?!” showcases Keith’s songwriting prowess and knack for crafting relatable lyrics. The song narrates the story of a protagonist who triumphs over past rejection and adversity, proudly proclaiming their newfound success and seeking validation from those who once doubted them.

The album “How Do You Like Me Now?!” achieved commercial success, reaching the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The title track also made waves on the charts, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, solidifying Keith’s status as a country music superstar.

Beyond its chart success, “How Do You Like Me Now?!” struck a chord with listeners for its universal themes of resilience and self-assurance. Its anthemic chorus and infectious energy make it a standout track in Keith’s repertoire, resonating with anyone who has ever felt underestimated or overlooked.

With its bold lyrics and spirited delivery, “How Do You Like Me Now?!” remains a beloved anthem in country music, inspiring listeners to embrace their own journey and celebrate their victories, no matter how small. It’s a testament to Toby Keith’s enduring impact as a storyteller and performer in the genre.

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Lyrics

Yeah, I was always the crazy one broke into the stadium
And I wrote your number on the 50-yard line
You were always the perfect one and a valedictorian
So under your number I wrote “Call for a good time”
I only wanted to get your attention
But you overlooked me somehow
Besides, you had too many boyfriends to mention
And I played my guitar too loud
How do you like me now?
How do you like me now?
Now that I’m on my way
Do you still think I’m crazy standing here today?
I couldn’t make you love me but I always dreamed about livin’ in your radio
How do you like me now?
When I took off to Tennessee
I heard that you made fun of me
Never imagined I’d make it this far
Then you married into the money girl
Ain’t it a cruel and funny world?
He took your dreams, and he tore them apart
He never comes home, and you’re always alone
And your kids hear you cry down the hall
Alarm clock starts ringin’ who could that be singin’
It’s me baby, with your wake-up call
How do you like me now?
How do you like me now?
Now that I’m on my way
Do you still think I’m crazy standing here today?
I couldn’t make you love me but I always dreamed about living in your radio
How do like me now? Yeah
How do you like me now?
Now that I’m on my way
Do you still think I’m crazy standing here today?
I couldn’t make you love me but I always dreamed about living in your radio
How do you like me now?
Tell me, baby
I will preach on