McCreery wrote “Five More Minutes” alongside Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell, and the song was one of three consecutive No. 1 Country Airplay hits from McCreery’s 2018 album Seasons Change.
“It’s [about] my grandaddy. That’s my story, but I think people relate to every part of the song,” McCreery told Billboard of “Five More Minutes” in 2018.
In that same interview, McCreery also recalled a key moment when he realized the song stood a good chance of becoming a hit. “We sang [‘Five More’] live at the Grand Ole Opry, and kinda debuted it for the fans in [June] 2016, and I’ve never had a standing ovation at the Opry like that, period. Somebody said the other day, ‘The Opry crowd, they wanna sit. They don’t wanna stand up.’ Opry put it on their YouTube channel — we didn’t know they were gonna do it, and I woke up the next morning and I’m the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter and Facebook. I was like, ‘Crap, what did I do last night?’ Trying to jog my memory. Then I saw it was that video, and I was like, ‘Dang!’ It was getting shared like hotcakes. We had a good indication that it was gonna work [as a single].”
McCreery recently earned his fourth consecutive Country Airplay No. 1 hit with “You Time,” a single from his latest album Same Truck, which was released last month.